Women's Basketball Coaching Staff

Williams takes over Chiefs' Women's Basketball program

Williams takes over Chiefs' Women's Basketball program


Jim Williams, Head Coach      

Jim Williams returns for his fourth season with Waubonsee’s coaching staff, but things will be different this time around. After helping guide the Chiefs to unprecedented heights in 2014-15 and 2015-16 as Assistant Coach, Williams takes over as Head Coach this season. With Williams’ assistance Waubonsee captured the Region IV title two years in a row, going on to finish 11th nationally at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament both years. The Chiefs also completed an undefeated Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) title on their way to setting the program’s single-season mark for wins with 27 during the 2015-16 season. Williams brings a well-rounded resume to Waubonsee’s bench, having coached basketball, baseball and football at the prep and youth levels ever since he was just 22 years old. The last six seasons Williams has also coached basketball and baseball at his alma mater, Marmion Academy in Aurora. 

Williams is a 1987 graduate of Marmion where he was a standout three-sport athlete. He earned All-Conference honors in football, basketball and baseball, while also being named the Cadets’ Most Valuable Player on the court and the diamond. His senior year he was named the Aurora Beacon-News “Player of the Year” averaging 19.0 points per game and 87 percent from the free throw line. Williams went to Rosary College in River Forest, now called Dominican University, on a full basketball scholarship, where he led the NAIA Mideast District in free throw percentage two years in row. He later transferred to Aurora University and finished ninth in the nation among NCAA Division III players in free throw percentage.   

Coach Williams was inducted into Marmion’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. He currently is a manager for Accuperf, Inc., a flexible packaging company. In his spare time he gives lessons teaching basketball skills, ball-handling and shooting techniques.  Williams resides in Naperville and has two grown children, daughter Jessica, who is an elementary school teacher in Schaumburg, and son Tyler who is a Finance Manager at Serenity House in Addison. 

Karla Vietinghoff, Assistant Coach

Karla Vietinghoff enters her first season as the Chiefs’ Assistant Coach after helping out as a volunteer coach during the 2015-16 season. That year Waubonsee went undefeated in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC), grabbed the Region IV Division II title and went on to finish 11th nationally. Last season Vietinghoff was the head coach for nearby Hinckley-Big Rock High School’s Girl’s Freshman/Sophomore team. 

Vietinghoff is a 2011 graduate of Hampshire High School where she played soccer, golf and basketball, earning All-Fox Valley Conference honors on the court her senior year. She then became quite familiar with Waubonsee’s program as a Chiefs’ student-athlete the next two years. Vietinghoff was an All-ISCC First Team performer, averaging 11 points and seven rebounds per game in the Chiefs’ well-balanced offense during her freshman year. The following season she was averaging 14 points and six boards per contest before suffering a season-ending ACL injury after just 10 games.

Vietinghoff made a full recovery and played the next two seasons at Iowa Wesleyan University where she excelled on the court. She was a two-time United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) First Team All-American, leading the Tigers to back-to-back NAIA Division I National Tournament berths. Vietinghoff was also named the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) Player of the Year both seasons, leading the Tigers to a league title and a runner-up finish, while going a combined 32-3 in SLIAC games during that span. Vietinghoff holds the Tigers’ record for made three-point baskets in a game with 10. In addition, she is third all-time in career three-point field goal percentage at 40.6 percent, fifth in career free throw percentage at 82.0 percent, and is sixth in career three-point baskets made with 127.

Vietinghoff majored in Psychology and Education Foundations, graduating in May of 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa Wesleyan. She is currently a para-professional at Hinckley-Big Rock High School, serving as Special Education Aide. Coach Vietinghoff resides in Hampshire.



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