Carolyn Nojiri was recently named as the new Head Women's Softball Coach at Kishwaukee College. Nojiri is a native of Downers Grove and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management with minors in Public Relations and Marketing from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. During high school, Coach Nojiri played second base and outfield but concentrated her skills in the outfield during her college career at Lewis. She was a left handed hitter that also could use slapping skills from that side. While at Lewis, Coach Nojiri received the David Delahanty Award all four years and is given to student athletes for academic excellence as well as All Academic Team for the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC). Nojiri also received on the field accolades from the GLVC making their All-Conference teams multiple years. She played travel ball for the Downers Grove Outlaws and post college has coached in clinics and camps in South Africa and in Illinois.
She is excited to be the head coach for a young Lady Kougar team that has three returning players. "They are an athletic group! We will build on solid fundamentals of the game while concentrating on playing as a team and bonding as a team. Many of the women can play multiple positions so we have a great deal of flexibility!"
The team will have a brief fall season to get to know each other and their abilities starting September 10 and conclude with a round robin tournament hosted at the University of Wisconsin- Parkside campus in early October.
"I want the student-athletes to know that I am there for them and I am committed to bringing their play to the next level. I want to help them prepare for the next stage of their careers beyond Kish at the university level. Finally, I want them all to work hard, but also have fun playing a game we all love! "