Women's Basketball Coaching Staff
Sury takes over from Wagner for 2014-2015 season
Jim Sury, Head Coach
Jim Sury embarks on his second season leading the Chiefs' program after guiding his first squad to a historic campaign. Waubonsee won the Region IV title for the first time ever and advanced to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament, where the unranked Chiefs placed 11th in the nation. Subsequently, he was tabbed the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s Juco Coach of the Year. The 2015-2016 campaign will be Sury’s sixth with the Chiefs after serving as an assistant coach for four years for long-time head coach Dana Wagner. Over the last five years Sury has helped guide Waubonsee to 94 wins. Coach Sury previously served as an assistant to Waubonsee’s Men’s program for three years, twice helping direct the Chiefs to the Region IV title and an NJCAA Division II National Tournament berth. He has also spent time as a boys’ varsity assistant coach of both basketball and baseball at Marmion Academy. He spent five years as the Cadets’ head sophomore baseball coach, while also coaching in Aurora’s Little League and Legion League for nearly a decade.
Sury is a 1970 graduate of Marmion where he was a three-year letterman in both basketball and baseball, reaching All-Suburban Catholic Conference (SCC) status in each. On the court he was named the Cadets’ Most Valuable Player Award and was a Chicago Sun-Times All-State selection his senior year. Sury finished his prep career with a memorable 33-point first half performance in a Regional Final loss to Aurora East High School, making 15 of 16 shots in the process. He excelled on the diamond as well and earned the Aurora Legion League’s Most Valuable Player Award the summer of 1970.
Sury went on to play both basketball and baseball for a year at Quincy College before joining the Navy for four years beginning in 1973. He graduated in 1980 from Hood University in Maryland with a degree in Psychology. Sury then spent four years working with gangs and youth on the streets of Chicago through the Christopher House, earning accolades from the Chicago Tribune. He has also worked as a teacher, operated his own business and served on the Marmion Alumni Board. Sury was inducted into Marmion’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. In addition, he runs J and J Shooting which specializes in ball-handling and basketball shooting skills. He and his wife Alice live in St. Charles.
Jim Williams, Assistant Coach
Jim Williams returns for his second season with the Chiefs’ coaching staff after helping guide last year’s team to unprecedented heights. Waubonsee captured the Region IV title for the first time ever and advanced to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament where the unranked Chiefs placed 11th in the nation. Williams brings a well-rounded resume to Waubonsee’s bench, having coached basketball, baseball and football at the prep and youth levels ever since he was just 22 years old. The last five seasons Williams has coached basketball and baseball at his alma mater, Marmion Academy in Aurora.
Williams is a 1987 graduate of Marmion where he was a standout three-sport athlete. He earned All-Conference honors in football, basketball and baseball, while also being named the Cadets’ Most Valuable Player on the court and the diamond. His senior year he was named the Aurora Beacon-News “Player of the Year” averaging 19.0 points per game and 87 percent from the free throw line. Williams went to Rosary College in River Forest, now called Dominican University, on a full basketball scholarship, where he led the NAIA Mideast District in free throw percentage two years in row. He later transferred to Aurora University and finished ninth in the nation among NCAA Division III players in free throw percentage.
Coach Williams was inducted into Marmion’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. In his spare time he teaches basketball skills, ball-handling and shooting technique through J & J Shooting, a company he co-owns with head coach Jim Sury. Williams resides in Naperville and has two grown children, daughter Jessica, who is an elementary school teacher in Plainfield, and son Tyler who is a senior at Robert Morris University, competing on a golf scholarship.
Matthew Spittzeri, Volunteer Assistant Coach
Karla Vietinghoff, Volunteer Assistant Coach
Alexis Oglesby and Alex Wagner, Team Managers
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