2009 Season - Assistant Softball Coach
Emily Willems has been named assistant softball coach and administrative assistant in the athletic department for the 2008-09 school year. Willems will replace Leann Barber, who held the position for three years and has decided to move into private business.
Willems, a 2008 Monmouth College graduate, has been an active and successful member of the Quad Cities softball community for most of her life. She is a 2004 graduate of Rockridge High School in Taylor Ridge, Illinois and then took her talents to Monmouth.
She was a four year starter and letterwinner for the Scots at shortstop. She earned all-conference honors in the Midwest Conference all four years and she was the team captain for three of those seasons. Willems hold the Monmouth school record for grand slams in a single season and she ranks in the top ten for virtually every offensive category. Twice in the 2008 season she was named “Player of the Week” by the Midwest Conference.
She has been a volunteer ASA softball coach and she was the sponsorship chairperson of “Up ‘Till Dawn”, a fundraiser for the St. Jude’s Foundation.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Monmouth.
Willems will join an Augustana program that has enjoyed great success under the direction of veteran head coach Kris Kistler. The Vikings have won the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin tournament championship three times (2004, 2006, 2007) in the last five years, earning NCAA Division III national tournament spots each time. They have been second in the CCIW tournament the other two times (2005, 2008). This past year Augustana was 26-18 overall. Kistler has compiled a record of 264-127 (.675) in nine years at the Viking helm.
Dave Hebbeln, of Davenport, Iowa, will begin his seventh year on the Augustana softball staff. He replaced Denise Wojtkiewicz, who had been Kistler’s number one assistant. Hebbeln was the head coach at Marycrest University from 1996 until 2002 until the school closed its doors for good last spring. Prior to serving as the head coach he had two stints as an assistant for the Eagles (1978-80 and 1992-95). He has been involved in coaching the ASA Davenport Blazers in the summer.
John Brokaw is in his fourth year as the pitching coach for the Vikings. He coached at Orion High School as an assistant from 1991-05 and also served as the pitching coach at Monmouth College for two years. He coached the A.S.A. “Quad City Firebirds” for 16 seasons from 1988-04. A native of Lynn Center, Illinois, Brokaw retired from Case/IH in East Moline in 2001 after a 30 year career as a welder.