OPRFHS hires new head baseball coach

OPRFHS hires new head baseball coach

New Huskies head baseball coach Kevin Campbell to build upon foundation laid by Joe Parenti.

The District 200 Board of Education has approved the hiring of Kevin Campbell as head coach of the Huskies baseball team, beginning with the 2022 season. Campbell replaces Joe Parenti, who resigned as head coach in August 2021 after 14 seasons with the program, citing a desire to spend more time with family.

“Coach Parenti laid a strong foundation,” Campbell said. “I plan to continue to build off that by instilling a strong work ethic, competitiveness, and a family-based culture into our players and coaches.”

Campbell’s coaching experience began in 2009 at St. Raymond Junior High in Joliet, while he was still a student-athlete at Millikin University. He has been a part of the OPRFHS baseball program since 2016, having most recently served as the Varsity Assistant Coach.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to take on this new role in a program that has such a long history of tradition and success,” Campbell said.

Athletic Director Nicole Ebsen noted Campbell’s proven dedication to Huskie student-athletes as a key factor in the decision to hire him.

“He is passionate and truly a players’ coach,” Ebsen said. “I look forward to seeing the great things he will do to carry out the tradition of success within the baseball program.”