Cheerleading Coaching StaffHead Coach Zechary Palm
Zechary Palm embarks upon his second year leading the Cheerleading program after serving as the assistant coach the previous two years. Before coming to Waubonsee he was the assistant coach for both varsity and junior varsity cheerleading at Willowbrook High School in 2011-2012. Overall Palm brings 20 years of experience as a cheerleader, high school coach, camp counselor and choreographer to Waubonsee. In addition, he is an American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators (AACCA) certified coach.
Palm graduated in 1998 from Round Lake High School where he was a Varsity cheerleader for three years. His junior and senior years the squad captured back-to-back state cheer titles in 1997 and 1998, becoming the first team in Round Lake High School history to win a state championship. In 2008 those squads were inducted into Round Lake’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Palm enrolled at Northern Illinois University (NIU) where he was a cheerleader for the Huskies’ football and basketball teams from 1998 through 2003. While there he was a part of NIU’s 2001 squad that grabbed a second place finish at the National Cheerleading Association Nationals in Daytona, Florida for Small Coed. Palm also competed on Super CDA’s (Cheer and Dance Association) open all-star team in 2000 and 2001, taking home first place trophies both years.
Palm earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering Technology from Northern Illinois University in 2003 and is currently employed as a Project Engineer. He lives in Elburn with his wife Vanessa and their two children.
Assistant Coach Katie Basic
The newest member of the Waubonsee coaching staff, Katie Basic joins the Chiefs’ cheerleading squad for the 2016 spring semester to begin her coaching career. She has been a competitive cheerleader for a good portion of her life, beginning at the age of six by joining the premier cheerleading and gymnastics organization California All-Stars based in Ventura, California.
Basic graduated from St. Charles East High School in 2011 where she was a cheerleader all four years of her prep career. Her senior year she was captain of the Saints’ cheerleading squad. Basic is currently in her final year of college studying Sports Management through Southern New Hampshire University. She expects to graduate in December of 2016 and then pursue a master’s degree in Sports Management. Basic has additional ties to Waubonsee as her sister Casey was the starting catcher on the Chiefs’ softball team in 2013 and 2014. She is also certified in CPR and AED First Aid, and resides in St. Charles.
Volunteer Assistant Coach Vanessa Palm
Vanessa Palm joined the Chiefs’ coaching staff last year as a volunteer coach. Prior to coming to Waubonsee she was the head varsity and junior varsity cheerleading coach at Willowbrook High School for two years. In 2013 Palm became the assistant cheerleading coach of the Marmion Academy and Rosary High School co-op squad in Aurora. She helped guide that team to a Suburban Catholic Conference title and a fifth place finish at the Rolling Meadows sectional to qualify for the state finals. Palm’s crew went on to place 22nd overall in the state of Illinois at the medium varsity level. Coach Palm is an Illinois High School Association ASEP (American Sports Education Program) certified coach.
Palm graduated from Roselle’s Lake Park High School in 2000. She went on to study at Northern Illinois University (NIU) in DeKalb. Palm earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from NIU in 2006. She later achieved her Masters of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2010. Palm worked as a Special Education teacher at the high school level for six years before becoming a stay at home mom to her two children. She resides in Elburn with her husband Zechary.