Minds to Lead – Hands to Serve – Hearts to Love

Athletics

Coaching Staff

Ryan Kuula

Ryan Kuula

Head Softball Coach

Ryan is an Anchor Bay High School alumna who went on to play for Division 2 Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. Kuula was a four-year letter winner for Hall of Fame Tars coach Len Perkins, receiving multiple awards and honors during her time at Anchor Bay High, including All-District Team, All-Conference Team, All-County First Team, Detroit Dream Second Team, All-State Honorable Mention Pitcher, 2014 Michigan Challenge HS Tournament MVP, a 79-36 high school record and a .394 BA throughout her high school career.

Paul Hartner

Paul Hartner

Golf Coach

Paul Hartner is a first year golf coach at Austin after a 25 year career as a middle school teacher at Anchor Bay Schools in New Baltimore, Michigan. Along the way I coached middle school boys and girls basketball at Immaculate Conception School in Anchorville, Michigan as well as a stint as CYO girls basketball coach for St. Mary’s New Baltimore. I also spent over 10 summers coaching recreational baseball and softball in New Baltimore.

Brandon Rhein

Brandon Rhein

Cross Country and Track Coach

Brandon Rhein is our cross country and track coach. He was a part of Regional Champion track team as a mid-distance runner and was a part of the Division 4 State Champion football team at Marine City High School. This is his 2nd year coaching Cross-Country and 1st year coaching Track and Field.

Angela D’Ascenzo

Angela D’Ascenzo

Girls Varsity Basketball Coach

Angela D’Ascenzo coaches girls varsity basketball at Austin. She graduated from Adlai E. Stevenson High School in 2012. She played basketball for 13 years; 7 years of AAU, 3 years of varsity at Stevenson, and 1 year at Macomb Community College. She has been coaching girls basketball at Austin Catholic for 4 seasons. She was an assistant coach in 2017-2018, and became head coach in 2018-2019 to present. Coach D’Ascenzo’s team won the 2019 Division 4 District Title. Angela was named the MHSAA Division 4 Coach of the Year 2019 and 2020.

Shari Beattie

Shari Beattie

Bowling Coach

Shari Beattie is our bowling coach. Life-long bowler, third-year coach of the boys and girls varsity teams. Former middle and high school teacher, I presently teach yoga. The coaching position at Austin came as an unplanned blessing, when, after my daughter’s freshman year on the team, the coach did not return. I read, took classes, used my education background, and hired a PBA pro to help me. The teams continue to expand—each year approximately 1/4 of the entire school population bowls—as they become more competitive. To be able to watch my Austin bowlers grow as athletes, teammates, leaders, and human beings makes this the best job I almost didn’t have.

Steve Motter

Steve Motter

Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer Coach

Steve’s high school playing experience includes a 4-year varsity stint at Ferndale High School. His collegiate experience was at Tri-State University which now known as Trine University. In addition to coaching at the club level, Coach Motter has coached varsity soccer at Ferndale, Capac, and South Field A&T. Married to Suzianne Motter. They have one son, Liam who is 13 who is and a budding Tennis star. They live in Chesterfield with our dog Finnley, cat Wrigley, and Bearded Dragon T-rex.

Mary Brown

Mary Brown

Cross Country & Track

Mary Brown has been an official Cross Country and Track and Field Coach for Austin Catholic since 2019, and she has supported both programs since 2016. Mrs. Brown is also a teacher at Austin Catholic. She has a bachelor’s degree from Beloit College and a Master’s degree from Oakland University. She has been married to her husband Dave for 24 years, and she has 3 sons.

Gina Milana

Gina Milana

Volleyball Coach

Gina Milana has coached travel volleyball for Michigan Elite, Tribe, and currently for Michigan Stars. She was an coach at Rochester University this past fall. She was Varsity Softball coach for Stoney Creek High School for seasons 2019-2020 until season was canceled due to Covid. Gina has 4 daughters who have played sports at the collegiate levels and beyond. Her daughter Giovanna Milana was Michigan Miss Volleyball 2016 and played on the 2000 Baylor Volleyball NCAA Final four volleyball team. Giovanna now plays professionally in France. Gina’s youngest daughter plays volleyball at Rochester University.

Stephanie D’Ascenzo

Stephanie D’Ascenzo

Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach

Stephanie D’Ascenzo is an assistant varsity basketball coach working with her sister Angela. She graduated from Adlai E. Stevenson in 2010. She played basketball for 12 years; 6 years of AAU, 3 years of varsity at Stevenson, and 1 year at Adrian College. She has been the assistant coach for girls basketball at Austin Catholic since 2019 to present.