Volleyball Coaching Staff

Kish became fastest Waubonsee coach to ever reach 100 wins

Kish became fastest Waubonsee coach to ever reach 100 wins

Steve Kish, Head Coach

Steve Kish begins his sixth season guiding Waubonsee’s volleyball program. Through his knowledge, commitment and passion for the game he has turned around the program and built Waubonsee into a perennial contender. Prior to his arrival, Waubonsee volleyball had only four winning seasons in the last 17 years. In just his second season Kish's 2013 team equaled the school record for wins in a season going 35-8 overall, with all their losses coming to four nationally-ranked programs. The following year his squad captured the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference title for the first time ever, going undefeated (10-0) along the way. Waubonsee went on to grab the Region IV Division II District B title for the first time and earn a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament in Phoenix, Arizona. Kish’s crew placed 14th nationally, finishing 35-16 overall to tie the school record for wins in a season initially set in 1994. Kish was accordingly named the ISCC and Region IV District B Coach of the Year. The last two seasons his teams have finished second in the ISCC and have been Region IV Runners-up as Kish became the fastest Waubonsee coach to 100 career wins. 

Kish graduated from Aurora (IL.) East High School in 1992 and attended Waubonsee for two years. Later on he coached and developed the youth volleyball program for the Fox Valley Park District. He has also played competitively over the years at Sports Performance – Great Lakes Volleyball Center in Aurora. Kish has also played in EVP affiliated tournaments at Chicago’s North Beach and Montrose Harbor, at Bowling Green Sports Center in West Chicago, and other locations throughout the area. Well known throughout the local club volleyball landscape, Kish has coached at both the youth and high school level, and currently coaches at Cyclones Volleyball Club in Aurora. In addition, last year he was accepted into USA Volleyball’s High Performance Coaching Program.

Away from the court, he has worked in the audio and video industry for 16 years, and is currently a Senior Associate for Mead and Hunt in Madison, Wisconsin. Kish holds a certification in USAV’s Impact course, as well as a USAV CAP I and CAP II certification. He currently lives in Yorkville and has three children, Erica, Austin and Bailey, who is currently a member of the Chiefs’ men’s soccer team.

Bob Jones, Assistant Coach

Bob Jones joins Waubonsee’s coaching staff for the 2017 season. Jones is no stranger to the Chief’s volleyball program, having worked as the color analyst on the college’s television coverage of Waubonsee home matches the last two seasons. All three of his daughters play volleyball collegiately as well. The oldest, Mallory, was a key member of the Chiefs’ volleyball success the last two seasons before moving on to play at Dominican University. She was joined there this fall by younger sister Gillian who is a freshman setter for the Stars, while her twin sister Natalie is a freshman on this year’s Chiefs’ squad.

Jones graduated from Aurora West High School in 1986 and didn’t start playing volleyball until the age of 21. Since then he has become well known throughout the Aurora and Downers Grove area volleyball scene and beyond. Called “Volleyball Bob” by some, Jones has competed in the USAV on and off since 1995 with the Chicago Coast. His team has had numerous top-10 finishes over the years at the US Open of Volleyball Tournament, including title runs in 2009 at Minneapolis and 2012 in Salt Lake City. The squad also finished second in 1997 and 2007, and took home third place hardware in 2000 and 2001. Jones has been recognized as the “Best Opposite Hitter” of the tournament and was named First Team All-Tournament in 1997, 2007 and 2009.

Jones has coached both youth and high school level club volleyball for over 15 years, with stints at Sports Performance, with the Illinois Heat and the Cyclones volleyball club. He currently coaches with Top Flight Volleyball Club and is USAV IMPACT certified. Additionally, in the summer Jones runs a beach league at Pinheadz in Yorkville with over 70 teams. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Aurora University with a degrees in Computer Science and Business Management. When not playing, watching or coaching volleyball, Jones works as the Chief Deputy Treasurer for Kendall County. He and his wife Michelle live in Aurora.

Contact

Sugar Grove Campus
Erickson Hall
(630) 466-7900, ext. 2524
skish@waubonsee.edu