Athletics

December 4, 2017

Kishwaukee College Athletics welcomed their new Head Men’s Soccer coach, Brenton Joseph, to campus on November 1. Men’s Soccer will return to campus in Fall 2018. The College will also be adding Women’s Soccer, which will debut in Fall 2018.

Brenton Joseph attended Mercer County Community College in New Jersey. He then transferred and earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Alabama A&M University and continued his studies as a graduate student in Computer Science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He played soccer for Mercer County Community College and Alabama A&M University as a central midfielder. While a graduate student at Huntsville, he was asked to be the Assistant Coach for the Men’s Soccer team.

From 1997 – 2007, Joseph was the Head Soccer Coach for both the men’s and women’s teams at Benedictine University in Lisle. From 2007 – 2014, he was the Head Soccer Coach for the men’s team at Augustana University. He and his family relocated to the Oswego/Naperville area where he was the Head Coach for the AJAX – FC Chicago Club boys team. He started his own Soccer Club, Elements – FC, based in Naperville earlier this year. Elements – FC is a club for boys and girls from grade school through high school age. Brenton Joseph holds the United States Soccer Federation ‘A’ License and the United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma.

Joseph is excited to return to college coaching with the Kougars.  “My experience is unique and I bring new insight to this level,” he explained. “All my experiences have helped me grow as a coach. I am not the same type of coach I was 10 years ago. My philosophy now is to recruit players who not only play well, but have good character. I want players who want to compete and are willing to learn and who also realize that playing soccer at the college level is an avenue to something bigger.”

With Kish not fielding a soccer team for nearly 3 years, Joseph is rebuilding the program from the ground up. He said, “We can’t forget our history but this is also a new chapter in Kish soccer. We need to forge our own path.” Joseph emphasizes possession as the key to strong play and encourages players to think and problem solve on the field. “Soccer should be actively enjoyed,” he said. “I am looking for players who want to work with me to build this team together.”

For more information on the Men’s Soccer Team for Fall 2018 at Kishwaukee College, contact Brenton Joseph at bjoseph@kish.edu.

Categories: Athletics
August 14, 2017

Carolyn Nojiri has been named the Head Women’s Softball Coach at Kishwaukee College.

Nojiri is a native of Downers Grove and holds a B.S. in Sports Management with minors in Public Relations and Marketing from Lewis University in Romeoville.

During high school, Nojiri played second base and outfield but concentrated her skills in the outfield during her college career. While at Lewis, Nojiri received Second Team All-Conference Accolades during her freshman and sophomore years. She received the Brother David Delahanty Award and was on the Academic All Great Lakes Valley Conference. She received both awards for all four years of her college career.

She throws right but switched to be a left-handed hitter early in her career. She has also played travel ball with the Downers Grove Outlaws. Post-college, she coached in clinics and camps in South Africa as well as in camps in Illinois.

She is excited to be the head coach for a young Kougar team that has three returning players.  “They are an athletic group,” she stated. “We will build on solid fundamentals of the game and concentrate on playing as a team, bonding as a team. Many of the women can play multiple positions so we have a lot of flexibility.”

The team will begin a short fall season of play on September 10 with no home games on the schedule. The short season ends with a round-robin tournament at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside.

“I want the women to know that I am there for them and am committed to bringing their play to the next level. I want to help them prepare for the next stage of their careers at the university-level,” she explained. “I expect them all to work hard, but also have fun playing a game we all love!”

For more information on Athletics at Kishwaukee College, contact Scott Kawall, Director of Student Involvement/Athletic Director, at 815-825-9837 or at skawall@kish.edu

Categories: Athletics
February 16, 2017

Kishwaukee College welcomed Scott Kawall as its first Director of Student Involvement. Kawall assumed his new position on January 18.

The new Director of Student Involvement will oversee student activities -  including student organizations and clubs, Student Government and Intramurals - and assume the duties of Athletic Director.   

Kawall comes to Kishwaukee with a broad spectrum of student life experience, both as a student himself and as a professional in higher education. A community college graduate from Waubonsee where he played baseball, Kawall also holds a B.A. in History Education from the University of San Diego where he received a full-ride athletic scholarship in baseball, and an M.S.Ed. from Northern Illinois University in Adult and Continuing Education. He was inducted into the Waubonsee Community College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015. Kawall resides in Somonauk with his wife and three daughters.

Prior to Kishwaukee College, Kawall’s experience includes positions at Waubonsee Community College as a Recruitment and Retention Specialist and Intramural Director; Assistant Director of Admissions for Rockford University; Campus Director at ITT Tech; Director of Admission at Westwood College; and, most recently, Center Director (accelerated learning programs) at Concordia University in Mequon, WI.

Kawall’s extensive experience perfectly positions him to be the first Director of Student Involvement at Kishwaukee College. “This position is a great opportunity to relaunch and re-shape student programming at Kish,” he stated. “By gathering activities and athletics under one umbrella, we can connect with the students in a new way.”

Since joining the College staff, Kawall has been getting to know the history of both Student Activities and Athletics at Kishwaukee and is planning to create a Campus Activities Board, establish an Intramurals Program, and emphasize recruitment of local athletes to the College’s Athletic Programs. “I am committed to making the local community and the campus community proud of Athletics and Student Activities as we move forward,” he said. “I am very excited about the opportunities that are ahead for Student Involvement at Kish!”

For more information on Student Involvement at Kishwaukee College, including Athletics and Student Activities, contact Scott Kawall at 815-825-9837 or at scott.kawall@kishwaukeecollege.edu.