Our Program Staff
PROGRAM DIRECTOR/14U select angels softball - Chris menden
Our softball program is led by Chris Menden, who has over 20 years of coaching experience. He was the site director for Midwest Baseball Academy and instructor for Bigler Baseball. He has extensive experience coaching travel teams and has had significant contributions at both Whitnall High School and Whitefish Bay High School. Menden leads the design of our hitting, fielding, and catching development programs and will be the head coach of our 14U select team this year. We’re thrilled to have Chris as a vital part of our Milwaukee Angels Softball program.
Sports Performance director - Lizzy menden
Angels Softball is proud to have Lizzy Menden as our Sports Performance Director. A certified personal trainer, Menden earned her bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering and will earn her master’s in kinesiology this year. She designs all of our arm care, strength, power, and mobility programs. She will run our various camps/clinics relating to speed and agility as well as small group and personal training. Lizzy has coached travel softball for the last 6 years and will be an assistant coach with our 14U select team this year.
8U & 12U Angels Softball - Brian Johnsen
Leading our 8U and 12U teams is Coach Brian Johnsen. In addition to his commitment to our teams Johnsen will help guide our fall and winter clinics. Johnsen has over 20 years of coaching experience and is currently the Varsity Head Baseball Coach for Greendale High School. Brian was named the Woodland Conference Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2019 and the Coach of the Year in Southeastern Wisconsin in 2019. We’re thrilled to have Coach Johnsen with our program as he will work endlessly to help develop all of our athletes!
10U Angels Softball - John Bogues
Coach John Bogues will lead the charge for our 10U team this season. John coached our 14U last year and was assistant coach with Chris previously. When his team isn't on the diamond, Bogues will also assist the 14U Select team. He has six years of coaching experience and loves to develop the fundamentals of the game. In the offseason, you can find John at the facility as he will be assisting with our Angels during camps, bringing his consistent ideas for new drills and passion for player development.
12U Angels Softball - Emyli Kreiser
Emyli started playing softball when she was 8 years old and has loved the game ever since. She played travel ball locally being part of a team that won competitive Class A exposure tournaments, and a National Tournament. In high school she won a State Championship as a full-time varsity starter. Following high school, Emyli started as a freshman for Ripon College where she tied the school record for most doubles hit in a game, had one of the highest batting averages on the team, and tied for most homeruns hit that season. She finished out her college career at Lakeland University.
Emyli’s playing experience provides her an extensive knowledge of the game which she recently used as a coach with the Greenfield Ignitors and Sussex Hamilton. We are excited to have her join the Angels where she can share her knowledge and be a positive role model to our players.
14U Angels Softball - Chad Dornbach
Coach Chad Dornbach joined the Milwaukee Angels Softball last year as a Head Coach for our 12U team and will coach the 14U this year. He has seven years of head coaching experience in baseball and has spent six years as a softball head coach, previously with the Waukesha Blazers. Dornbach has been a staple in the softball community, and it has been fun to watch his teams and players develop under his leadership. Chad will also help coach our fall and winter clinics.
16U Select Angels Softball - Jim Becker
Jim will be the Head Coach for our 16U select team in 2022-23. He has 12 years of experience with both travel baseball (8U-16U) and softball (10U-16U) as well as high school softball. Jim is the current President of the Muskego Athletic Assoc. He started and runs the MAA Flag football league for the past 9 years with 400+ kids. Jim is a WIAA certified umpire and lives by the words “Fall down 7 times, get up 8”. Please join us in welcoming Jim to the Angels Family.