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COACHING STAFF

Kim Davis  |  Assistant Coach

Former Panther standout Kim Davis is in her 17th year on head coach Bobbi Petersen's coaching staff.

A native of Carroll, Iowa, the former Kim McCaffrey was one of the best players in UNI history, having been named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Centennial Volleyball Team in 2006. She helped lead UNI to its second NCAA Sweet 16 appearance as a senior in 2001, earning first team all-conference honors for the third time and being selected to the All-Central Region squad. Her stellar career was further recognized with her selection as part of the UNI Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

A team captain, Davis was one of three Panthers to collect 400 kills in 2001 with 410. She also led the team in digs with 379.  Davis ranked in the top-10 in the MVC in kill average (3.50), dig average (3.24) and service ace average (0.39).
She finished her career with 1,272 kills, at that time good for fifth on UNI's career chart, and 1,015 digs, placing her sixth. She also was only the fourth player in school history to go over the 1,000-mark in both career categories.

In the classroom, Davis was a two-time first-team MVC scholar-athlete selection.

She and her husband, Shane, have a son, Camden (12) and two daughters, Taylor (9) and Paige (7).

 

Kalani Mahi  |  Assistant Coach

Kalani Mahi is in his 15th year as a member of Bobbi Petersen's coaching staff.

Mahi has a wealth of collegiate and international coaching experience. Prior to joining the Panthers staff in 2004, Mahi served as head coach at the University of Oklahoma in the rugged Big 12 Conference, and improved the Sooners' record each of his final three years.

He also has previous experience in the Missouri Valley Conference, serving as head coach at Bradley University (1995-98), where he guided the Braves to three consecutive MVC tournament appearances and posted the school's most ever wins for a rookie coach. Mahi has also served as an assistant coach at Bradley (1992-95) and Illinois State (1998-2000).

A graduate of Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, Mahi was a collegiate club All-American, as well as team captain for the Yellowjackets. He later played and coached professionally overseas. Mahi also worked for USA Volleyball National Development Camps in Lamoni, Iowa, for 12 years as a head coach, court coach and camp clinician. He has a USA Volleyball Coaching Accreditation (CAP) Level II Certification.

Mahi received his bachelor's degree from Graceland in 1987 in business administration and computer information systems. He received his master's in health, physical education and recreation from the University of Mississippi in 1990.

A native of Kaneohe, Hawaii, Mahi and his wife, Chris, have three children, Tayah Kealohilani'ikamahinala'ila'i (18), Halia aloha'onapuamaeole (15), and Nohea Henohea'makama'ikawaileiula (13). Tayah is a freshman setter at UNI.

 

Chelsea Lowe  |  Assistant Athletic Trainer

Chelsea Lowe is entering her third year as the athletic trainer for the UNI volleyball program. Lowe joined UNI back in 2016.

Lowe served as an assistant athletic trainer at Bowling Green State University from 2012-2016. She worked directly the Falcon football and swimming and diving programs. Bowling Green captured two Mid-American Conference championships and took part in four bowl games in her tenure with the Falcons. She also supervised coverage of gymnastics, softball, track and field, cross country and cheerleading programs. She served as the BGSU athletic department's representative on the school's LGBTQ Advisory Board.

She received her bachelor’s degree in sport and exercise science from the University of Northern Colorado in 2009. She earned a master’s degree in sport management from the University of Kansas in 2011.

Following a stint as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Kansas, Lowe worked as an intern at the University of Denver where she was responsible for coverage of the Pioneer volleyball and women’s ski teams.

She and her husband, Benjamin, have a son, Tyler, and a daughter, Elizabeth. The family resides in Waverly.

 

Michelle Bolte  |  Director of Operations

Michelle Bolte is in her 17th year as UNI's director of volleyball operations.

Bolte coordinates team travel, match personnel, and merchandise, along with numerous other behind-the-scenes duties.

She was a four-year letterwinner for the Panthers as a defensive specialist from 1992-95. She racked up 430 digs over her career, and UNI posted a cumulative record of 98-19 during her career, with two NCAA tournament appearances.

Bolte is a 1996 graduate of UNI with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation.

She and her husband, Kurt, live in Dike. She has three children, Broden (19), Avery (17) and Brielle (13).

 

Macy Ubben  |  Volunteer Assistant Coach

Former Panther standout Macy Ubben returned UNI volleyball as a volunteer assistant starting in the 2017 season. After graduating from UNI, Ubben traveled to Europe and Asia to compete professionally.

The Ackley, Iowa, native was named to the second team CoSIDA Academic All-America squad as a senior in 2013 and also earned honorable mention All-AVCA Midwest Region honors that same year. She was a two-time First Team All-MVC pick. She was named to the 2013 MVC All-Tournament Team and selected as the MVC Defensive Player of the Year.

 

Beth Lynch  |  Student Athletic Trainer

Beth Lynch is a Coralville, Iowa, native. The senior is majoring in athletic training and is working solely with UNI volleyball this year. She has worked with UNI football, wrestling and softball in the past. She also has assisted with athletic training duties at Waterloo East High School, Athletico, Taylor Physical and Occupational Therapy and Aplington-Parkersburg High School.
 
She is active in the Pre-Occupational Therapy Club and University of Northern Iowa Student Athletic Training Organization. She is the daughter of Chris and Sheri and has a brother, Alex.
 

 

Sarah Westholm  |  Student Manager

Sarah Westholm is an Urbandale, Iowa, native. The sophomore is majoring in graphic design and working as a student manager for the 2018 team. She is the daughter of Jill and Dan Westholm and has two brothers, Nathan and Ryan.
 

 

Susie Gaul  |  Student Athletic Trainer

Susie Gaul is from Des Moines, Iowa. She is a sophomore majoring in secondary education – mathematics. She is the daughter of Nan and Chris Crawford. She has nine siblings: Simon, Eli, Olivia, Sally, Georgia, Clara, Frannie, Dominic and Alice.