Softball


Katie O'Connell
Katie O'Connell

Position:
Assistant Coach

Experience:
7th Season (2014-15)

Alma Mater:
Illinois, '05

07/08/2013

Softball to Hold Tryouts on August 27

Tryouts will be held at Eichelberger Field at 3 p.m.

10/03/2012

Fighting Illini Host Annual Alumni Game

More than 30 former players, coaches and managers were in attendance

06/12/2012

2012 Illinois Softball Year-In-Review

Illini earn 27 wins on season, including 400th in program history

05/02/2012

Illini Softball Rallies Past Southern Illinois, 3-2

Gay earns 20th win of season; Wedel doubles, scores eventual winning run in return

03/16/2012

Illini Secure Doubleheader Sweep, 400th Program Win

Illinois downs Providence, 3-1; totals milestone victory over Boston U., 5-4

03/21/2013

Illinois vs. Loyola - March 15, 2013

Photos from the Illini's 2013 home opener, a thrilling, come-from-behind extra-inning victory.

10/03/2012

2012 Softball Alumni Game

Photos from the Softball Alumni Game on Sept. 29, 2012.

Katie O'Connell returned to her alma mater prior to the 2009 season to serve as an assistant coach after a successful three-year stint as the head coach at Casey-Westfield High School.

In her first year, O'Connell was an integral part of the Illini's success as part of the coaching staff that directed the team to the NCAA Tournament while five players earned All-Big Ten honors. Since then the Orange and Blue have amassed 13 more All-Big Ten honorees, while the Illini own a record of 174-126 during O'Connell's six seasons on staff.

At Casey-Westfield High School, O'Connell led the Warriors to Illinois Class A state runner-up finishes in back-to-back years.

In addition to O'Connell's success as the head coach at Casey-Westfield, she started at second base for Illinois from 2001-04 and played an important role in two of Illinois' most prolific seasons, leading the team to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003-04. During her senior season, the Illini collected 45 wins, tied for the second-most in school history, and made the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, the best NCAA Tournament finish for the program. The Joliet, Ill., native ranks among the program leaders in Illini history in games played, games started, at bats, doubles, walks, sacrifice flies and sacrifice hits.

O'Connell's success on the field extends back to her high school days. As a member of the team at Joliet Township, O'Connell led her squad to the Class AA State Championship under the tutelage of her father, Dale O'Connell.

"Katie's expertise in teaching, strategizing and scouting will have an immediate impact on our program," head coach Terri Sullivan said. "Since she understands the game inside and out, Katie was a natural to join the coaching profession. She has excelled at every level of the game, both playing and coaching, and we are certain that the skills and success she brings will be an invaluable asset for Illinois softball."

THE O'CONNELL FILE
Education
University of Illinois, B.S. in Kinesiology, 2005

Playing Experience
University of Illinois, 2001-04
Joliet Township High School, Joliet, Ill.; 1997-00

Coaching Experience
Volunteer Assistant Coach, University of Illinois, 2004-05
Head Coach, Casey-Westfield High School, 2005-08
Assistant Coach, Midland Magic U18, 2006-08
Assistant Coach, University of Illinois, 2008-present

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