Coach of the Year-2016

Dec 22, 2016 | News

The Lombard Park District is able to provide athletic leagues to the community because of our volunteer coaches and their assistants. Each year, we recognize and award a Coach of the Year for each sport and season. We would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our coaches as well as the Coaches of the Year.

Spring Youth Soccer – 2016

Bob Urbain

How long have you been a coach for the Lombard Park District?
I’ve been a coach for 6 years following my daughter through the Lombard Park District Program.

Are you a Lombard resident?
I have lived in Lombard since 1991.

What is your favorite aspect of coaching?
My favorite aspect of coaching has always been watching how the players improve each week. Win or lose there are many things one learns from sports and competition. As a former high school football, basketball, and baseball coach, I love game day and the thrill of competing.

Fall Youth Soccer – 2016

Lorenzo Uplegger

How long have you been a coach for the Lombard Park District?
I have been coaching for the last 3 years at the 1st/2nd grade and 3rd/4th grade levels. Just this last year I coached both my son’s and daughter’s teams at the 3rd grade level. 

Are you a Lombard resident?
I have lived in Lombard since 2004.

What is your favorite aspect of coaching?
I grew up in Italy where soccer is THE sport and when I came here to live I wanted to see more American kids enjoying a sport that is really a lot of fun and can be played with just a ball and 4 coats to serve as goals. I love to see the kids learning and having fun but at the same time give everything they have for their team during the games. I also want kids to spend more time outdoor and less time in front of a computer.

Youth Basketball – 2016

Richard Stachura

How long have you been a volunteer coach?
I have been a coach for 4 years.

Are you a Lombard resident?
I have been a Lombard resident for 15 years.

What do you find most rewarding about coaching?
Watching the kids grow and helping them be the best they can be.

Please share your favorite coaching story or a memorable moment you had as a coach.
I had a chance to coach a team in the Bulls/Sox Academy Spring League this year.

What advice would you have for someone who is coaching for the first time?
Practice and make it fun.

Girls Softball – 2016

Kelli Hartweg

How long have you been a volunteer coach?
I have been a volunteer coach with Lombard Park District for 2 years.

Are you a Lombard resident?
I have lived in Lombard for 4.5 years.  My husband and stepkids have lived here for 10 years.

What do you find most rewarding about coaching?
I appreciate that the athletes come from all backgrounds of experience and skill level.  Watching each of them grow in their physical skills, problem-solving and planning skills related to the game & strategy, and also watching them develop throughout the season as teammates and friends are all rewarding for my husband and me.

Please share your favorite coaching story or a memorable moment you had as a coach.
Our favorite coaching moment probably happened this past season.  We were not very skilled coming into the season in basic softball skills and thinking, but about ⅔ of the way through the season, we watched an opponent hit the ball, and the entire field shifted to catch the ball and cover the throw to the correct bases, as the kids called it and communicated the play!  It was so amazing to watch!!  It was an advanced move for the team, and really showed the level of thinking that they were growing into as players, not just in physical skill, but in their understanding of how to play the game and think one step ahead!

What advice would you have for someone who is coaching for the first time?
I would suggest you be ready for funky weather!  Have a sense of humor!  Remember that you’re working off of building skills development, not necessarily functioning as individual players or as a team at a competitive level yet!

Please add any other information that you’d like for us to know.
It’s been an honor to coach with the Lombard Park District.  Now that my stepdaughter has moved into the high school realm for sports, with their coaches, we will miss getting to know other community members & kids through the park district sporting experience!  We really are grateful for the LPD and all that they offer to our community!