Bill Schepel ’85 has been the head coach of the volleyball program for the past six seasons. During his tenure he has built an impressive 161-86 record and has developed one of the top teams in the conference. Each season he has led the Trolls to the conference post-season tournament, including final round finishes in two seasons. In addition, for the past three seasons Schepel has led the team to the NCCAA National Championship. Last year they were 2-2 in their first rounds of pool play, in 2011 they finished as national tournament runners-up, and in 2010 were in the Final Four.
In 2010 Schepel directed the team to a share of the conference regular season title and made school history with the program’s first NAIA National Championship appearance. In the 2011 season he earned his 100th career match victory at Trinity and, with a final 38-10 season record, set a school record for most match wins in a season.
Schepel has been named the NCCAA North Central Region Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012 and the 2010 CCAC Coach of the Year for his sport.
Prior to coming to Trinity, Schepel coached and taught for over 20 years at the high school level where he built an impressive resume. He spent six years as the head coach for the girls’ and boys’ volleyball programs at Illiana Christian High School in Lansing, Illinois. His girls’ teams posted a record of 172-53-2 in those years, including four regional and two sectional titles, plus a state tournament appearance in 2003. Prior to Illiana, Schepel coached at Timothy Christian High School in Elmhurst, Illinois for 15 years, building an overall record of 289-173-10 and capturing four regional championships.
Schepel graduated from Trinity Christian College in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He earned his master’s degree in sports administration from Valparaiso University (IN).
Schepel is the Athletics Director at the College. He resides in Homewood, Illinois.
Brandon Neace joined the Trinity coaching staff in the 2009 season. He has been active in playing and coaching volleyball since high school. At the college level he has served as an assistant coach at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina. He has also been an instructor at Appalachian State women’s volleyball camp for two years.
Neace was an all-state volleyball player in high school and on an Indiana state runners-up team in 2000-01. He played his freshman year of college at Tri-State University (IN) and was ranked seventh in the nation that season in block average. He finished his college career at Lees-McRae, a NCAA Div. II program.
Neace graduated from Lees-McRae College in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management. He currently lives in Chicago and works for the village of Bridgeview.