Head Coach Jamie Russell
The Skyhawk Women's Basketball team will have a new and first time head coach on the sidelines for the 2019-2020 season. Local basketball legend, Jamie Russell, heads up the squad after returning home to the Sauk Valley area following several years of playing professional basketball in Europe. Russell, a Rock Falls native, and 2008 RFHS alum, was the Rockets' all-time leader in points (1870) and steals (515). She played college ball at the University of Wisconsin and Illinois State University before making the journey to play professionally. After graduation from Illinois State with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice in 2013, Russell played for the USA All-Star team that toured China. She was named the World Tour MVP. She then played professionally in the Czech Republic from 2013 to 2018.
Assistant Coach Michele Kreczmer
This season, Michele Kreczmer will be returning as the Assistant Coach, a role she previously filled for three years until the end of the 2015-2016 season. She then stepped up to the Head Coach position for the following two seasons. Michele graduated from Newman Central Catholic High School in 2009 and went on to play basketball at Western Illinois University. While at Newman, Kreczmer went 53-6 in her junior and senior year seasons. She led her team to two Elite Eight appearances. She was First Team, All-State and First Team IBCA her senior year. She was also chosen as the female athlete of the year for the Sauk Valley area. At WIU, Coach Kreczmer set the school standard for Western’s career record playing in 121 consecutive games. She also finished ninth among Western’s all time leaders with 85 career 3-pointers. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and minored in nutrition from WIU in 2013. Michele now resides in Rock Falls.