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Head Coach

Joe Karasewski

Phone: 847-214-7515
Office: Bldg J, Room J110, Main Campus


Joe Karasewski is starting his first season with ECC as Head Softball Coach.  Karasewski began his career at ECC under the current Head Baseball Coach Bill Angelo, and has been coaching at the collegiate level for 20 years.  Karasewski moved on to coach at Concordia University in Chicago, and later at Kishwaukee College.  He was a big part of the Kishwaukee Valley Storm Softball organization for the last five years as both his daughters played in the program.

Coach Karasewski’s philosophy is simple: give me 100% on and off the field.  In order to succeed at ECC you have to want to be at ECC and be an outstanding example of what a student-athlete should be.  Along the way it is important to me to make sure the players enjoy their experience, and having fun is a huge part of participating in athletics.  For student-athletes who want to be at ECC, their heart is in the right place. When they give 100%, and are good team mates, winning takes care of itself.  

Assistant Coach


Alexis Ford

Phone: 847-214-7515
Office: Bldg J, Room J110, Main Campus

This is Alexis' first season as part of the Spartans coaching staff. She was an assistant softball coach at Kishwaukee Community College during the 2016 and 2017 seasons under Head Coach Joe Karasewski. Alexis played shortstop at Waubonsee Community College in 2010 and 2011. In 2011 she helped the team earn the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Championship, while also winning the school’s Vermilion & Gold award for female athletes who exemplify "True Heart and Soul" of Chiefs athletics. She went on to Rockford University and was the starting shortstop/center fielder for the softball team. She subsequently won the school’s Oshita award for female athletes who exhibit the highest standards of sportsmanship and spirit. She is a graduate of Rockford University with a degree in Sports Management & Business.

“I am thrilled to have Ali at ECC,” said Coach Karasewski. “She can offer great knowledge to the players at all positions. Ali is an excellent role model for the student-athletes and they love her.

She will be a huge asset to building up the ECC Softball program for years to come.”

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