2018 Winter Camp Session Five 2/11/18

ILLIANA THUNDERBOLTS 2018 WINTER CAMP

SESSION FIVE  2/11/18

FEATURED GUESTS/COACHES

Sunday February 11, 2018 Baseball camp
will feature St. Rita H.S.Head Coach John Nee ’93
and Hitting Coach Rich Josepher ’89

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When John Nee graduated from St. Rita High School in 1993, he knew he wanted to come back to his
alma mater to teach and coach. A longtime assistant in both the baseball and football programs, Nee
will finally get his chance at a head coaching position.
After Mike Zunica steps down as the head baseball coach following the 2017 spring season, Nee will
take the helm for St. Rita baseball starting in 2018.

“It’s a lifelong dream of mine,” Nee said. “From the day I left St. Rita in 1993, I knew I wanted to come
back.
My goal was always to be a coach here. It is humbling to know that it is going to happen.”

The new coach for the Mustangs is a natural fit as the program looks to make a seamless transition.
Since graduating from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Nee has worked for the St. Rita baseball
program for 19 years. He has served the last eight years as associate head baseball coach.

“I know John is the best man to lead the Mustangs baseball program in the next era,” Zunica said in
a news release. “His skill set is unique because he combines an amazing baseball knowledge with an
exceptional ability to motivate his players.”

Nee has always held baseball close to his heart with football also at the top of his list.

“The nostalgia that comes with baseball trumps every other sport,” Nee said. “When I watch highlights
from the 1950s or 1960s, I get goosebumps. That doesn’t happen in other sports. It’s the history behind
it that separates baseball from other sports.”

A three-year varsity baseball player on top of his years of coaching, Nee knows as well as anyone the
challenges that await as he inherits one of the state’s most consistent winning programs.

Nee has a mindset and baseball strategy ready to go for the 2018 season and, he hopes, many more
to come.

“We’re going to be aggressive and put pressure on the other team at all times,” Nee said. “We’ll have
fun and play hard
every single day. Those are things we can control. We control how hard, how aggressive, we play,
our attitude. The results will hopefully come from those attributes.”

-1st year as head coach in 2018 led St. Rita to 2017 Summer State Championship

Rich Josepher ’89 (St. Rita) Hitting Coach

-played collegiately at Purdue and St. Joseph

-played professionally in the Yankees organization for 2 seasons

-9 years as an assistant coach at St. Rita

 

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