Witzel is in her second season at Marshall after leaving Michigan State University where she spent the 2001 and 2003 seasons as an assistant coach. During her time at MSU, she worked directly with the team's middle blockers and helped with statistical and video breakdown for the Spartans and head coach Chuck Erbe.
The native of Palmer, Alaska, was also a three-year letter-winner for the Spartans from 1998-2000. She was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and helped the Spartans to four consecutive NCAA Tournament bids, playing mostly as a middle blocker, but also at left and right side attacker. In her final playing season (2000), Witzel posted a .371 hitting percentage at middle blocker.
In addition to her work at Michigan State, Witzel served as a graduate assistant coach at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn., where she helped the team to its first national ranking in program history in 2002. Witzel has also taught volleyball classes at Lansing Community College, worked with the Lansing Area Volleyball Association and has spent seven summers teaching summer camps at Michigan State.
Witzel earned a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State in Elementary Education in 2001 and a Masters of Arts from Concordia in Youth Development in 2004. She is the daughter of Don and Phyillis Witzel, who still reside in Palmer, Alaska. She is engaged to Keylor Chan.