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Illinois Dynasty Softball Instructors

Mark Brown

Minooka High School softball coach 2006-present, 10 years as head varsity coach.
2 years travel ball coaching experience.

Under Brown’s tenure as head coach:

Varsity Record of 190-145

3 SPC Conference Championships
3 Regional titles
3 Sectional titles
2 super-sectional titles
2013 4A State Champions
2018 4A Elite Eight
2021 4A 4th place state trophy

2013 Joliet Herald News Coach of the Year
2014 Illinois Coaches Association Coach of the Year
2018 Illinois Coaches Association Coach of the Year
2021 Illinois Coaches Association Coach of the Year

Mark-Brown

Katie O’Connell

O’Connell is currently at Romeoville High School as a PE/ health teacher. She is in her 2nd season as the Head softball coach for the Spartans. Before returning to her hometown, Katie coached collegiately at University of Illinois (2009-2015), University of Illinois at Chicago (2015-2016), and IUPUI (2016-2017).

Coach O’Connell returned to her alma mater Illinois, where she served as an assistant coach from 2009-15. Her tenure there produced numerous notable accomplishments, including an explosive 45-8 overall record in 2010 with a 16-2 mark against Big Ten opponents. The Fighting Illini moved on to the NCAA Regionals and picked up a pair of wins over DePaul. Overall, the team went 174-126 in her six seasons, with 14 victories over nationally ranked opponents and back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances.

Before returning to Illinois, O’Connell spent time as a head coach at Casey-Westfield High School in Illinois, where she led her team to a pair Class A state runner-up finishes in back-to-back seasons. As a player, O’Connell was a student-athlete at Illinois from 2001-04. She helped the team to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003 and 2004, which included a trip to the Sweet 16 in her senior season.

Katie attended Joliet West High School. Coach O’Connell was a 2000 Illinois State Softball Champion for Joliet Township.

Katie O'Conell