Men's Soccer Coaching Staff
Suhayda led Chiefs to back-to-back ISCC titles in 2012 and 2013.
Brett Suhayda, Head Coach
The 2016 season marks Brett Suhayda’s eighth year leading Waubonsee’s soccer program. Under his guidance the Chiefs’ program has been revitalized through solid team play and a strong defense. After just three wins total in his first two seasons, Suhayda has guided the Chiefs to 67 wins since then. The rebuilding process culminated in 2012 when his squad captured the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) title for the first time ever, snapping Oakton Community College’s 35-game conference unbeaten streak. Suhayda was tabbed the ISCC’s Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year as Waubonsee finished the year 16-3-1 and ranked 17th nationally in the NJCAA’s Division I poll, the best marks for the program since the early 1980’s. The 2013 team then eclipsed that success by going undefeated (7-0) to win the ISCC for the second straight year. The Chiefs went on to win the Region IV Division I title for the first time since 1982. Not surprisingly, Suhayda was again named the ISCC’s Coach of the Year and also the Region IV Coach of the Year. Waubonsee's season ended with a tough 2-1 loss to top-ranked Iowa Western Community College, the eventual undefeated National Champions. The Chiefs finished 18-2 overall and ranked 8th nationally. Last year Waubonsee finished 15-7 overall, reaching the Region IV Semi-finals for the third time in the last four years.
Suhayda graduated from Oswego High School in 2001 where he starred for the Panthers on the soccer field. He was twice named All-Conference and served as team captain his senior year, when he also earned All-Area and All-Sectional Honorable Mention status. He was inducted into the Panthers’ Hall of Fame in February of 2012. Suhayda went on to play at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, excelling both on and off the field. A two-time All-Conference selection as a defender, Suhayda also earned Academic All-Conference honors his senior year. In addition he was named an All-Wisconsin First Teamer as a junior and an Honorable Mention selection his senior year. Suhayda served as the Vikings’ captain his senior year and was twice named the team’s Defensive Most Valuable Player.
Coach Suhayda completed a B.A. degree in Biology from Lawrence in 2005. He attended the Infosport Pro-Soccer combine in Florida later that year and was invited to tryout for a pair of professional teams, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and the Cincinnati Kings. This past summer he took to the pitch once again as a defender for the Aurora Borealis Soccer Club in their inaugural minor league season in the 12-team Premier League of America. Suhayda went on to earn an M.A. in Plant and Soil Science in 2008 from University of Massachusetts. Off the field he works in the Ecological Restoration Industry, serving as the estimator and crew foreman for Encap, Inc. Suhayda and his wife Joanna live in Sugar Grove.
Gibran Rodriguez, Assistant Coach
Gibran Rodriguez begins his third season as the Chiefs’ Assistant Coach after serving as a Volunteer Assistant Coach the previous two years. Rodriguez is a former Chiefs’ student/athlete and brings to the program an extensive soccer background, knowledge and the discipline to help keep Waubonsee at an elite level. As a matter of fact, he helped develop the Aurora Borealis Soccer Club which just finished up their inaugural minor league season in the Premier League of America. Rodriguez continues to serve as the Borealis’ Vice-President of Operations.
Rodriguez is a 2002 graduate of Aurora East High School. He played on the Tomcats’ varsity soccer squad his freshman and sophomore years, earning All-Upstate Eight honors as a sophomore in 1998. His junior year he switched sides of the Fox River and was an All-Conference and All-Sectional performer for Aurora West High School. Before his senior year the midfielder joined the Atlas Futbol Club based in Guadalajara, Mexico. Rodriguez played for Atlas’ U-17 and U-20 squads, and participated in tryouts for the United States U-20 team in 2000. After another season in Mexico with the Zapotlanejo Futbol Club’s U-20 team, he returned to Aurora to finish high school.
After graduation Rodriguez enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served two tours of duty as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 and 2006. He left the military in 2008 and enrolled at Waubonsee, where he was a midfielder for the Chiefs in 2010 and 2011. The Aurora native earned a Certificate of Industrial Maintenance from Waubonsee. Rodriguez is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at Northern Illinois University.
Bela "Bill" Suhayda, Volunteer Assistant Coach
Bill Suhayda joined the Chiefs’ staff in 2009 as a Volunteer Assistant Coach after coaching at Aurora East High School, Newark High School and Aurora University in 2007 and 2008, respectively. He has helped his son Brett, the Chiefs’ head coach, rebuild the Chiefs’ program over the last seven seasons.
A native of Godisa (Pécs), Hungary, Suhayda immigrated to the United States and graduated from Aurora East High School in 1967. He went on to play soccer at Northern Illinois University and Aurora University where he was an All-Conference and All-NAIA District 20 performer for the Spartans in 1972 and 1973. Suhayda led Aurora in assists both seasons and was named Aurora’s MVP in 1973 after leading the team in scoring as well. He obtained a double Major in Biology and Psychology and also earned a certificate in Secondary Education from Aurora.
Coach Suhayda returned to the Aurora East School District where he taught Biology for over 30 years and coached both soccer and wrestling. He established both the boys’ and girls’ soccer programs at Aurora East, coaching the boys’ teams from 1986 to 1991 and again from 2001 to 2005, and the girls’ program from 1999 through 2005. Suhayda retired from teaching in 2005 and was inducted into the Tomcats’ Athletic Hall of Fame in February of 2012 as an athlete, coach and community supporter.
In addition, Suhayda was a founder and president for the Fox Valley Kickers Youth Soccer Club. He has also worked for Aurora Township’s Delinquency Prevention Program and the Regional Office of Education in truancy prevention. Coach Suhayda is also a licensed pilot and recently authored a book, “From Tyranny to Liberty,” a biography of his family’s ordeal escaping communist controlled Hungary when he was a child.
Cooper Fell, Volunteer Assistant Coach
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