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11 Fastpitch Instructors Now Coaching at the Next Level!

02/27/2014 12:40 PM -





Yvette Healy
University of Wisconsin, WI
4th Year
Hometown: New Lenox, IL


Capped best conference season ever, Alma Mater: DePaul, 1999, Championships: Big Ten Tournament 2013, Horizon League 2007, Awards: Horizon League Coach of the Year 2007, previous head coach at Loyola University and assistant coach at DePaul University

Camden Decker
University of Arkansas, AR
1st Year
Hometown: Lake Zurich, IL

Worked with Major League Baseball, spent 20 months as an assistant at the Doug Gillis International Fastpitch Institute, helped with instruction of staffs at Evansville University and University of Missouri, and two-year captain for Waubonsee Community College where he was named all-conference and all region performer.

Ashley Obrest
Boston College, MA
3rd Year
Hometown: Elmwood Park, IL

Has led Boston College to its first 20-win season in 5 years, first defeat of a nationally ranked team (NC), after 2 years promoted to head coach at Colgate University where school record was set for most wins by a first year head coach, served as assistant coach at Concordia University in Chicago.

  Suzi Rzgocki
Arizona State, AZ
Graduate Assistant Softball Coach
1st Year
 Four-year career at Purdue leading Boilermakers to 2 NCAA regional appearances, All-American in high school and Illinois Gaterade Player of the Year, Big Ten All-Conference Third Team honors as a sophomore and Academic All-Big Ten her senior year at Purdue, previous assistant softball coach at Boston University, and previous co-head varsity coach at Tri-County H.S. in Wolcott, IN.
  Trena Peel
University of Buffalo, NY
Head Softball Coach
Previous head coach at Hampton University where she led them to its 1st MEAC Championship and NCAA Tournament berth since 1996, previous assistant coach at Mississippi Valley State, University of Maryland, and George Washington University. Professional career in National Pro Fastpitch League including with Akron Racers, New York Juggernauts, Chicago Bandits, and Philadelphia Force.
  Wendy Podbielniak
Tinley Park High School, IL
Head Softball Coach
5th year
2013 Jenny’s Steakhouse/Southtown Star Softball Coach of the Year, previous head coach at Bremen for 8 years, catcher at Mother McAuley before going to St. Xavier, Tinley Park Dean of Students.
  Jacqueline Vitale
Lyons Township High School, IL
Sophomore Head Softball Coach
Hometown: Indian Head Park, IL
Previous catcher at Bradley University where she was voted Most Improved Player, victory in MVC tournament, named to Bradley Athletic Director’s Honor Roll four times, helped lead Lyons High School Township to sectional title as a senior, earned all-area honors and MVP, selected as top 100 players in Chicagoland.
  Michael Lowe
Judson University, IL
Assistant Softball Coach
Played for John Adams Eagles in South Bend, coached at high school level for Elkhart Christian Academy and Riley High School. Also has over 3 years of travel baseball experience.
  Brooke Runyon
Andrean High School, IN
Head Softball Coach
2012 Times Newspaper Coach of the Year, 2012 Northwest Crossroads Conference Coach of the Year, Bachelor of Organizational Leadership from Purdue University where she played softball, won 2003 Miss Softball Award, first player and coach to win a state championship, The Times Player of the Year in 01, 02, and 03.
  Carrie Amedio
Gordon Tech High School, IL
Head Softball Coach
  Allison Cable
Illiana Christian, IN


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