Wayne L. King, Jr.
Director of Athletics
Phone: (815) 280-2210

Emily Marino
Women's Athletic Coordinator
Phone: (815) 280-2777

Gregg Braun
Student-Athlete Retention Specialist
Associate Head Baseball Coach
Phone: (815) 280-2263

Kerri O'Shea
Student-Athlete Retention Specialist
Phone: (815) 280-2591

Stephanie Kneip
Athletic Department Administrative Assistant
Sports Information Director
Phone: (815) 280-2431

Coaching Staff 

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Shaun Sanderson

Shaun Sanderson

Head Women's Basketball Coach

The 2013-14 season will be Shaun Sanderson's sixth season as the Joliet Junior College women's basketball head coach.

Last year he led Joliet to an overall record of 12-19, but finished with an 8-5 N4C conference record. 

His career record is 71-88 with a trip to the NJCAA
national tournament in 2011. Sanderson has helped a number of young ladies extend their playing career at four year institutions. Under his wing, he's coached seven all tournament players, eight all-conference players, five all-region players, two All-Americans and one Distinguished Academic All-American (4.0 student). 

Sanderson was voted N4C Conference Coach of the Year twice, while also being named NJCAA Region IV and District B Coach of the Year honors.

Sanderson's success can be traced back to recruiting. Since joining the Joliet Junior College athletic staff in 2005, Sanderson has gained the reputation of being a recruiter. With Shaun's desire to watch film, go to gymnasiums and evaluate both in and out of state players, his peers have given him the nickname "the recruiting guru."

Sanderson's first three seasons as an assistant coach, under then head coach Tony Giese, saw Joliet finish with an overall record of 71-22. This includes an impressive 27-3 N4C conference record.

From 2002-2004, Sanderson was an assistant coach under then head coach Danny Turner at Joliet Township High School. He helped guide the Lady Steelmen from a 4-win season (prior to his arrival) to a Regional Championship and two Top 25 final rankings in the Chicago Sun-Times. Sanderson was also the head JV coach and saw every player on that team develop and go on to have successful collegiate careers. Some of those players included Ebony Ellis (Northern Illinois), Jaquetta Westley (Youngstown State), and Ashley Easley (Yale, 2009).

Prior to his years at JTHS, Sanderson was a volunteer assistant/manager at the University of Illinois at Chicago under then head coach Tim Eatman (University of Arkansas). He assisted in tape editing, statistics, practice drills and individual skills.

Sanderson started his basketball coaching career in 1997, when he was hired as head coach for Calvary M.B. Church girls' basketball team in Chicago. He helped introduce and develop a love for the game to girls playing organized basketball for the first time.

A native of Chicago, Sanderson graduated from Dunbar Vocational H.S. where he was a standout outfielder. He then went on to Central State University in Wilberforce, OH to continue his playing career. In December of 2007, Sanderson earned his Associate of Arts degree from Joliet Junior College. Currently, he is finishing his degree in Communications at Governors State University.

Sanderson is employed at State Farm Insurance Agency in Chicago. He also serves as the recreational coordinator for the Harvey Brooks Foundation (Joliet), a non-for-profit organization that provides life-skill development and educational achievement.

Having a passion for improving the lives of young adults, Sanderson also mentors students at Joliet high schools through the YMCA's Achievers Program, where he serves as coordinator. During the off-season, Sanderson has coach AAU basketball with the Bolingbrook Panthers. He is also a longtime member of the Black Coaches Association (BCA).

Sanderson and his wife Elaine reside in Joliet. They have a daughter, Sydnie.

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George LoweryGeorge Lowery, Jr.

Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

The 2013-14 season will be Coach Lowery's sixth term as women's basketball assistant at Joliet Junior College. Coach Lowery spent six years coaching high school students at various schools in Will County. For five years, he served as head coach for the freshmen and sophomore girls' basketball teams at Joliet Township High School. Prior to that, he spent time as the freshman boys' coach at Bolingbrook High School. His overall secondary coaching record is 88 wins and 32 losses. He also had the privilege of being Head Basketball Coach for all grades at Valley View Middle School. Mr. Lowery started his coaching career in 1997 at Valley View Middle School as the boy's and girl's basketball and track coach.

In addition, Mr. Lowery is pursuing a mathematics degree in secondary education and has worked for the last sixteen years as a paraprofessional at a junior high.

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Ryan HarrisRyan Harris

Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

Ryan Harris will begin his fourth season as a member of the women's basketball coaching staff.

Ryan Harris started his teaching career with Plainfield North HS and then accepted a position with Joliet Township High School as a Health and Physical Education teacher. Ryan worked on curriculum development committee's for both schools and was able to establish impressive coaching resumes with PNHS and Joe Gura onto JTHS and Luke Yaklich, while maintaining his involvement as a fitness instructor with JJC. Ryan's success can be defined in terms of the success of his student-athletes and individuals with-in the schools.

Ryan began his education in Plainfield prior to attending Joliet Junior College while playing for Mike Martin and the men's basketball team. He transferred on to Eastern Illinois University beginning his career in Health and Physical Education, following in his father, Chuck's, footsteps. Ryan previously worked for Lifetime Fitness as a fitness instructor implementing fitness and wellness programs to individuals and athletes of all ages.

Ryan has a passion for life-long learning and looks forward to a career in education, recreation, fitness, coaching, and working with student athletes and individuals at all levels.

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Rex ShanyfeltRex Shanyfelt

Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

Rex Shanyfelt joins the women's basketball coaching staff for his first season during the 2013-14 campaign.

Rex has been an assistant women's basketball coach at Illinois Valley Community College for the past seven seasons. At IVCC, he had three teams go to the national tournament and had five seasons with 22 wins or more.

Shanyfelt coached three All-American players at Illinois Valley including Shannon Washington, Virginia Trotter, and Arnishia Thomas.

As a solid and consistent recruiter, Rex looks to bring in talented players that will be ready to compete and make an impact right away.

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Joliet Junior College
1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet, IL 60431-8938
Phone: (815) 729-9020