Softball Coaching Staff
Coach Clark has led the Chiefs to the ISCC title the last three years in a row
Perry Clark, Head Coach
Known affectionately as “PC,” this spring is Perry Clark’s 19th season with the program. With Clark’s assistance the Chiefs have become a perennial power, ranking in the top-25 nationally seven of the last nine years. Last spring his squad captured the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference title for an unprecedented fifth straight year, and sixth time since 2007, improving to 59-5 in league play over the last five years. The Chiefs have been in the Region IV Championship game three times in five years. Clark has been named Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year seven times.
Clark’s teams are known for being fundamentally sound, aggressive on the base paths and excellent contact hitters. As a result, nearly 75 student-athletes from Waubonsee have continued playing at NCAA and NAIA institutions during Clark’s tenure, most notably Ashlee Kawall (Evansville University), LaDesha Nelson (Union University), Abbey Ruff (University of Iowa), Heidi Schmitt (Georgia Southern University), and 2011 NJCAA All-American Lauren Vitiello (Wisconsin-Parkside).
Clark’s softball coaching experience began at Naperville Central High School. He is a co-founder of the Northern Illinois Thunder Softball (an “A” level travel program), serving as the organization’s President, Advisory Chairman and currently CEO for the past 19 years. In addition, Clark serves as the Illinois USSSA Fastpitch State Director and the NJCAA Region IV Softball Committee. He conducts and serves as a speaker at various pitching, hitting and fielding camps and clinics locally and statewide. Clark also serves as a volunteer for several local non-profit groups.
Clark and his wife Linda reside in Sugar Grove. He is employed full-time as Partner and Director of Operations for Top Pick Athletics Company in Sugar Grove. When not around a softball diamond, Clark enjoys time with friends golfing or with family boating and fishing at his summer lake home in Iowa.
Brooke Nelson, Assistant Coach
Joe Spitzzeri, Volunteer Assistant Coach
Joe Spitzzeri returns to Waubonsee’s dugout looking for a fifth straight Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference title after helping guide the Chiefs to the crown his first four seasons with the coaching staff. He is definitely not a newcomer to the Chiefs’ softball program however. Spitzzeri is a founding father, coach and past Vice President of the Northern Illinois Thunder’s softball program, of which he and head coach Perry Clark have been an integral part of for the last two decades.
Spitzzeri graduated from Gordon Tech High School in Chicago, where he played baseball on two Catholic League championship teams. He went on to pitch in college at the University of Illinois – Chicago. Spitzzeri has coached softball with the Northern Illinois Thunder for 13 seasons, helping lead the 18 & over squad to a 5th place finish nationally in 2005 and 12th in 2007 at the USSSA World Series. His teams also won the Consolation Championship at the USSSA Illinois State Championship Tournament in 2005, and took 3rd Place at the same tournament in 2007.
Spitzzeri served six years as the Varsity Softball Assistant at Kaneland High School, helping guide the Knights to four conference (2002-2005), two regional (2002-2003) and one sectional title (2003). He was also the Varsity Boy’s Basketball Assistant for six years, Sophomore Boy’s Head Coach for two years and the Assistant for three years. In addition, Spitzzeri has been a basketball head coach at the elementary and middle school level since 1997. His Kaneland Cagers’ squads have won four titles and reached the Final Four seven times, while competing in the Rural Kane County Basketball League and West Suburban Basketball Association High School Feeder League. Spitzzeri is a certified coach by the American Sports Academic Society.
Toby Miller, Volunteer Assistant Coach
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