John Jablonowski and Riley Stone have plenty of experience with one another on the volleyball court. Now the duo will be tasked with turning the Brookfield Central boys volleyball program into a winner.
The former high school and college teammates have been hired as co-head coaches of the Lancers, replacing Ken Nash.
“The selection committee was impressed with coach Jablonowski’s and coach Stone’s volleyball background, their shared vision for player development regardless of skill level, and their commitment to increasing student interest and participation in boys volleyball at Brookfield Central,” Brookfield Central coach Don Kurth said. “We are thrilled that they will be joining our staff.”
Jablonowski and Stone are 2011 graduates of Franklin High School, where they both earned All State honors and helped lead the Sabers to their lone WIAA state tournament appearance as seniors in 2010.
The two then went on to play collegiately at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where they teamed together to win the NCVF Division 2 National Championship in 2012.
Jablonowski was twice named as UW-La Crosse's Most Valuable Player and was the Wisconsin Volleyball Conference MVP in 2014 and 2015. He began his coaching career as the junior varsity girls volleyball coach at La Crosse Logan High School in 2015 and has coached freshman volleyball the past two years at Franklin High School, where he teaches science. Jablonowski also serves as the U-16 and U-17 boys volleyball coach for the Milwaukee Sting.
“This is a great opportunity at a great time with the new direction of the program," Jablonowski said. "I am excited to get to work on further improving and developing this team to its utmost potential.”
Stone transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2014. He has spent the past three seasons as the freshman boys volleyball coach at Franklin and as the U-14 coach for the Milwaukee Sting.
“John and I have been fortunate enough to play and coach alongside many great volleyball minds over the years," Stone said. "We look forward to using that experience to put our own stamp on the boys' volleyball program here.”
Brookfield Central is just 2-11 in Greater Metro Conference matches over the past three seasons and has not won a playoff match since 2013.