Women's Soccer Coaching Staff

Schlemmer has helped lead Waubonsee to the Region IV title match 7 of the last 8 years

Schlemmer has helped lead Waubonsee to the Region IV title match 7 of the last 8 years

Brad Schlemmer, Head Coach

With the 2017 season Brad Schlemmer begins his sixth year at the helm after serving as an assistant coach for the prior three years. During his time with the program he has helped guide Waubonsee’s women’s team to 102 wins, with three Region IV titles, an NJCAA District D title, two Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference crowns, two appearances at the NJCAA Division I National Finals, and four Region IV Runner-up finishes as well. Schlemmer’s 2014 squad grabbed the ISCC title and the Region IV Division I Championship to earn a berth in the National Tournament in Melbourne, Florida. Subsequently, Coach Schlemmer was tabbed the 2014 ISCC and Region IV Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year.

Schlemmer played three years on the varsity at Glen Oak High School in Canton, Ohio. He was a co-captain his senior year and named the Golden Eagles’ Offensive Player of the Year and earned the school’s Outstanding Senior Award. During his prep career Schlemmer gained a wealth of additional soccer experience competing with the Akron Canton Premier, traveling to play in numerous out-of-state tournaments and Denmark. He went on to play three years at Walsh University, an NAIA affiliate in Ohio.       

Coach Schlemmer returned to his high school alma mater as the boys’ varsity assistant and served in the same capacity at Perry High School in Massillon, Ohio, the following year. Schlemmer also currently serves as a Technical Consultant for the Kaneland United Soccer Club in nearby Kaneville. Overall he brings over 25 years of soccer playing, teaching and coaching experience to the Lady Chiefs’ sidelines. Away from the soccer field Schlemmer is a Business Consultant for Huntington Bank, and he also oversees Waubonsee’s Christian Athlete group.

Lizzy Bristow, Assistant Coach

Lizzy Bristow returns for her fifth season as Waubonsee’s assistant coach after helping lead the squad to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in 2014 and the Region IV title match the last two years. Bristow once again will lend a hand to a program she helped elevate to prominence during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Coach Bristow brings a competitive fire, toughness and overall knowledge of the game to Waubonsee’s sidelines.                      

Bristow graduated from Geneva High School in 2007. The next two seasons she was an integral part of Waubonsee’s program, helping lead the squad to 29 wins during that time. As a freshman defender Bristow earned All-Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) First Team and All-Region Second Team honors. Waubonsee won both the ISCC and Region IV titles for the first time in school history that season, eclipsing 13 team records en route to compiling a 16-game winning streak. Bristow served as team captain her second year, earning All-ISCC First Team and All-Region First Team status as a midfielder.   

Coach Bristow then transferred to Northern Illinois University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Health Science with an emphasis in Pre-physical Therapy. Bristow worked an internship at the prestigious IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, working with prep, collegiate and professional athletes. She is a certified Personal Trainer through the National Exercise and Sports Training Association. She currently is a Performance Trainer at the esteemed East Bank Club in downtown Chicago. Away from the soccer pitch Bristow runs marathons and plays rugby. She is currently on the United States National Women’s Rugby Team’s player pool.

Melissa Martinez, Goalkeeper Coach

Melissa Martinez returns for her fourth season with the Chiefs' coaching staff. She was a part of Waubonsee's 2011 squad which advanced to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in Florida. The former keeper returned for her sophomore season the following fall, serving as team captain. During her time on the Waubonsee sidelines the last three seasons, Martinez has helped mentor two goalies who received All-ISCC and All-Region accolades, including last year's goalkeeper of the year Ashlyn Turner. Martinez is a graduate of Aurora East High School, and still resides in Aurora. 

Andrea Garcia, Team Manager

Former Chiefs' standout Andrea Garcia joins the staff this season as Student Team Manager. She was an All-ISCC and All-Region First Team selection in both 2013 and 2014, helping lead the Chiefs to a berth in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament her sophomore year. The Aurora East graduate also netted the game-winning goal to clinch the ISCC title in 2014, one of her team-leading 22 goals that season. Prior to coming to Waubonsee Garcia was a three-year varsity performer for the Tomcats, leading their offense her junior and senior seasons on the way to setting the school record for most goals scored. Garcia is currently working on completing her degree in Nursing with a minor in Phlebotomy.  


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