Women's Soccer Coaching Staff
Schlemmer led Waubonsee to ISCC and Region IV titles in 2014
Brad Schlemmer, Head Coach
Brad Schlemmer begins his fifth 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 90 wins, three Region IV titles, two Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference crowns, two appearances at the NJCAA Division I National Finals, and three 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 boy’s varsity assistant and served in the same capacity at Perry High School in Massillon, Ohio, the following year. Schlemmer also currently serves as the Director of Coaching for the Kaneland United Soccer Club in nearby Kaneville. Overall he brings over 25 years of soccer playing, teaching and coaching experience to the Chiefs’ sidelines. Away from the soccer field Schlemmer is a Senior Merchant Consultant at FirstMerit Bank.
Lizzy Bristow, Assistant Coach
Lizzy Bristow returns for her fourth 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 last fall. Bristow once again returns to lend a hand to a program she helped elevate to prominence during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Coach Bristow brings a competitive fire 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 embarks on her fourth season as Team Manager. 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. Martinez is a graduate of Aurora East High School, and still resides in Aurora.