Softball: Marist coach Denise Bromberek stepping down after ’14 season
By Tony Baranek email@example.com February 26, 2014 4:38PM
Marist softball coach Denise Bromberek | File photo
Updated: February 26, 2014 6:22PM
The only coach of Marist RedHawks softball is taking her final trot around the bases.
Denise Bromberek, who in 2012 guided the school to the Class 4A state title, will be stepping down after the 2014 season to move to Utah with her husband, Nick, and their children, Hunter and Addison.
“It’s going to be a very different lifestyle for me being a stay-at-home mom for at least a couple of years, going from working at least 10 hours a day to playing with toys all day,” Bromberek said. “But I’m looking forward to being there for my children.”
Bromberek never has had a losing season since starting the Marist varsity in 2003. In 11 seasons, she has a 307-107 record. During that span Marist has won four East Suburban Catholic Conference, nine regional and two sectional titles, plus one supersectional.
Bromberek is listed as fifth by the IHSA in career victories.
In 2012, the RedHawks went from being a .500 team May 10 to winning their final 12 games, the last a 5-0 victory over Bartlett in the Class 4A state title game.
“I’ve been extremely blessed with dedicated, hard-working, generous, committed girls,” she said. “This season will be difficult emotionally. All I can promise them is that I will train them just like I would any other season, for a state championship.”
The championship was the first for a Marist girls team.
“Coach Bromberek has been vital in putting Marist girls’ athletics on the map,” Marist athletic director Bob Lim said. “She has succeeded in establishing our softball program as one of the best in the state. Her commitment to excellence and to her student-athletes is what makes her a phenomenal coach and educator.
“Denise also is highly respected in the softball community, and a person like that is difficult to replace. We wish her all the best. ”
The school is accepting resumes for the position at firstname.lastname@example.org until March 14.