Katy (Hesler) Duncan was introduced as the head volleyball coach for Black Hawk College on Dec. 22, 2017.
Duncan, a graduate of Moline High School (IL), played for the Braves for the late NJCAA Hall of Fame coach, Mary Davis. Her sophomore year, she was a co-captain and named MVP of the College of DuPage Invitational. She transferred to North Greenville University (SC) on a full volleyball scholarship where she started as an outside hitter and served as co-captain both varsity years. In 2006, Duncan played on an international tour with Athletes in Action as part of a Division I team. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2007.
Acting under the premise that one doesn’t fully comprehend unless one can teach it, Duncan has been coaching since she was in high school. As a high schooler, she coached a local Dad’s Club team. As a collegiate student-athlete, she coached high school club volleyball and acted as a graduate assistant in her final year of college.
Duncan moved back to the Quad Cities and served as a head coach for QCElite Volleyball Club from 2008-13. In her last year, she created and implemented program-wide drills and practice plans to ensure uniform instruction and skill development. During her time with QCElite, she also worked as the sophomore coach for Moline High School from 2011-13 and acted as interim head varsity coach at the end of 2013.
She works full-time as an advanced sales associate at Modern Woodmen of America in Rock Island, IL.
“I owe a lot to Black Hawk College and its volleyball program,” Duncan said.
“I was able to play in high level competitions, obtain a free college education, travel the world, and build lifelong relationships. I want Black Hawk volleyball to do for others what it’s done for me.
“I am honored to be part of this incredible coaching staff and look forward to continuing the legacy that Mary Davis spent years creating.”
Alax Battin is in her first year as an assistant coach for the Braves volleyball team. She has coached various age levels for the past five years for Platform Elite and at three local high schools. She graduated from Moline High School in 2013 where she played volleyball all four years. She went on to play for two years at Black Hawk College for Coach Mary Davis. During her time at Black Hawk, she was captain of the volleyball team and was awarded All-Conference player. Coach Battin also is a nanny and is working toward becoming a licensed realtor in Iowa and Illinois.
The 2018 season is Kelli Nitz’s fourth season as assistant volleyball coach for the Braves. A 2008 Riverdale High School (IL) graduate, she played for the Braves in 2008-10 for the late NJCAA Hall of Fame coach, Mary Davis. While at Black Hawk, Nitz earned the Arrowhead All-Academic and Region IV District All-Tournament Team awards. She was a member of the Women’s Club Volleyball team at Eastern Illinois University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in business management in 2012. Currently Coach Nitz is working on her master of business administration (MBA) while working full-time in Human Resources at Sivyer Steel in Bettendorf, IA.