Varsity Coaching Corner
Football - Chris Laney
As I enter my first year as the head football coach at Divine Child, I am truly humbled by this opportunity. I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence that has been instilled here since Tony Versaci. I am a graduate of St. Michael's (Livonia) '93 and Detroit Catholic Central '97. After high school, I went on to earn degrees from Henry Ford CC '99, Eastern Michigan '03 (BS in Educ.) , Marygrove College '06 (Master's in Educ.) and Wayne St. University (Nationally Cert in Adapted Phys Ed).
I began my teaching career in the Novi Comm. School Dist. in 2003 and am still employed there as a middle school Phys. Ed and Health teacher. I also began coaching high school football in 2003 with the Novi District and have coached every fall since then. Throughout my coaching career, I have also coached at Berkley High School and have been with Divine Child since 2012.
My wife Mary is a '95 graduate of Divine Child and is the current girl's varsity basketball coach. Together, we reside in Dearborn Heights with our three children: Ellen, Niall, and Owen. All three of our children are currently enrolled at Divine Child Elem.
Swimming - Laura Scheuer
I look forward to a wonderful season as I start my first year as the head swim coach. I am a graduate of North Farmington High ('13) and throughout high school I worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor, and swam with my high school team for cross-conditioning. I went on to study chemistry, mathematics, and secondary ed at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor ('17) and recently completed my Master's in Education at Eastern Michigan University ('22).
I started my teaching career at Dearborn Public Schools and worked as a math and science teacher there for four years, as well as serving as the assistant coach for the girls' swim team. The 2021-22 school year was my first year teaching at Divine Child High School and I am ready for another amazing year in our fine community.
My husband Ben, and I are grateful to be part of the wonderful community of Divine Child. Ben is a graduate ('11) from Divine Child High School and in 2019, we were married at Divine Child by Fr. Bob. We live in the Dearborn Heights area with our husky, Archer, and enjoy camping, gardening, and summer bonfires.
Sideline Cheerleading - Amber Genevich
My name is Amber Genevich and I am the current head coach for the cheer program at Divine Child. I am a graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in Journalism and English. Prior to that, I attended Divine Child from 1994 to 1998 where I cheered for Tricia and Mark Yost. I began coaching in 1999 and took over as the head coach in 2005. I remained as head coach until 2017 when I took a short leave to focus on my family and young children. Now I am back and ready to continue building on this tremendous program. I am proud to say this program has been Catholic League Champions since 2003, advanced to the State Finals 12 times where they were awarded Runner-Up 4 of those years and assisted many athletes to go on and cheer at collegiate level.
During the school year, I work as a preschool teacher and find great joy in instilling the foundation of education in children. I am also very involved in the Parent Guild at the elementary school helping to coordinate events. Finally, I work side by side with the CYO cheer coaches working to grow their program and create a unified cheer program across our entire campus.
I married my husband Michael in 2009 at Divine Child. We enjoy life together in Allen Park raising our 3 children: Harper, Mikey and Hadley. Our children all attend DC elementary and are involved in CYO sports.
A quote my parents instill in me when I was young that I still live by today is, “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Girls Golf - Dan Berry
I have been coaching girls golf at Divine Child High School for the past 8 years. I absolutely love the game and feel privileged to share my golf knowledge and experience at Divine Child
High School where all three of my daughters attended and played Varsity Golf. What started off as coaching my oldest daughter in her senior year, ended up with me being able to coach my youngest two daughters through their four years on the Varsity Golf Team.
I retired from Ford Motor Company in 2020 after working 30 years as a Senior Designer in Product Development. My wife Lori and I have been parishioners at Divine Child for 29 years,
and our three daughters attended both the Divine Child Elementary and High School.
I am looking forward to another great season with the girls golf team and grateful to be a part of this wonderful community!
Boys Soccer - Dean Kowalski
I am proud to say that I have been a part of the Divine Child Soccer family for 23 years as a former player, JV Coach, Assistant Varsity Coach, and Head Varsity Coach. This season will be my 8th season as the Varsity Head Coach. As a player, I had the luxury of playing for Mark Kibbit, and then joining his coaching staff in 2003. During that time, I also coached with former Varsity Coach Eric Haley. From my time with them, I learned the important principles that are vital to having a successful soccer program. Our goal is to always have a faith filled team with players who display positive mental toughness. This leads to player success on and off the field.
I am a graduate of Divine Child Elementary ‘96 and High School ‘00. After high school, I went on to earn degrees from Eastern Michigan University ‘06 (BS in Special Education) and Boise State University ‘10 (Masters in Ed. Tech). I have taught Special Education in Livonia Public Schools since 2006 at Emerson Middle School.
I currently live in Plymouth with my wife Lauren who is also a 00’ graduate of Divine Child. I am blessed to coach at Divine Child with the best assistant coaches in the state. We are excited for the bright future of Divine Child Soccer.
Girls Cross Country - Alli Unger
I'm thrilled to begin my coaching role at Divine Child for this upcoming season! The Cross Country program has a strong history, and I'm excited to be a part of that tradition. While this will be my first year coaching for DC, I coached at Lutheran High School Westland for 10 years, and 2 years at the collegiate level at Concordia University Ann Arbor.
I fell in love with cross country and its family-like community in high school, and it has been such a blessing in my life. I'm a graduate of Denver Lutheran High School ('03), and went on to compete in college at Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW), where I ran with and met my husband, Dan.
I graduated from CUW ('07) with a Secondary Education degree with an emphasis in Mathematics, and began my teaching career later that year. I earned my Master's degree also from CUW in School Counseling ('17). I currently work in the Counseling Department at DC as one of the School Counselors.
I look at coaching (and teaching) as an opportunity to develop Christian leaders, and help student-athletes to recognize the gifts that they have been given. I believe that many of the characteristics that enable you to be a successful cross country runner also translate into success in your personal and professional life, namely grit, perseverance, and a strong team mentality.
My husband, Dan, is also a coach (Wrestling & Track at Lutheran High School Westland). We reside in Dearborn with our four children: Kara, Dathan, Max and Julia.
Pom Pon - Emily Dombrowski
Pom has been a passion of mine ever since 2007 when I joined the Divine Child Varsity Pom team as a freshman. After graduating from DC in 2011, I went on to pursue my accounting degree at Wayne State University where I realized I was not ready to give up my love for pom. I made my way back to DC pom as an assistant coach to head coach Sarah Leonard 2014-2020. Stepping into the head coach position the past couple years has been nothing short of a dream.
I am a Project Controls Specialist for Burns & McDonnell, an engineering and construction firm located in Detroit. I grew up in Dearborn Heights, raised in a family who had nothing but love for the Divine Child community. My 2 siblings and myself are all graduates of Divine Child.
Coaching the pom team over the past 8 years has been the most rewarding experience. There is nothing that fills my heart more than getting the opportunity to coach so many incredible athletes, working with them to reach their goals, and knowing they will carry these skills with them to go on and become successful young women.
Volleyball - Elizabeth Gazley
My name is Elizabeth Gazley and I am the head coach for the girls volleyball program. This coming season will be my 5th year coaching at Divine Child and my 2nd year as head varsity coach. I graduated from Redford Union High School in 2013 and went on to graduate from Eastern Michigan University in 2019 with a degree in Physical Education. I played volleyball all 4 years in high school, 3 of which on varsity as a setter. I've been coaching volleyball for 7 years and it is truly one of my passions. I enjoy sharing the knowledge and love I have for volleyball to the Divine Child program. Last season we made it to the Elite 8 and I hope to continue that progress.
I currently teach Physical Education at Redford Union High School. In my free time I love to be outdoors, cook, and craft. I am newly engaged to my fiancé Johnny. Johnny is also a graduate of Redford Union High School. Together we share the best black lab, Macie May.
I am beyond grateful to be a part of the Divine Child community, where I hope to continue the love and passion for the game of volleyball for years to come.