Congratulations to the 2022 IABC Hall of Fame Class!

  • Kathy Crandall: Former Palatine Head Coach
  • Gena Fite: Current York Head Coach
  • Erin Hois: Former Player at Downers Grove South
  • Jeanine Konkolewski: Former Hersey Head Coach
  • Bob Tengstrand: Current TF South Head Coach

These coaches were nominated by head coaches throughout the state and then selected by our IABC Honors Committee.

Kathy Crandall (Class of 2022)

School coached for:

Palatine High School from 1975 until 1992

Accomplishments:

1985 State Championship Team was first athletic team in 100+ year history of Palatine athletics to bring home a State Championship Trophy. Also won State Titles in 1986, 1989, and 1991.

Coaching Style:

“I was always organized. I always had specific practice plans. I really emphasized the importance of conditioning and always tried to add some fun.”

Biggest Influences:
“The person who influenced me the most was the badminton coach at myu college. She was always very encouraging.”

Advice for Young Players:
“Work hard and have fun!”
Current Activities:

“I retired from Palatine High School in 2004. I enjoy playing golf and tennis. My passion is traveling all over the world.”

Gena Fite (Class of 2022)

Schools played/coached for:

Played for Arlington high school, Illinois State University, and Arizona State University     Coached for Wheeling high school 1988-95, York Community high school 1998-2006 and 2018-current, and Eastern University.

Years played:

Played for the dynasty team of Arlington High school 1976-1980, Illinois State University from 1980-1981, and Arizona State University from 1981-1984. Played independently in tournaments from 1985-2007.

Playing Accomplishments:

Midwest singles and doubles champion 7 years, 4 time U.S. Olympic Festival athlete from 1989-1991, 93. National badminton titles in singles and mixed doubles 2007. International team 3rd place finish at tournament in Japan 2002. National USTA team tennis title 4.5+ 40 and over 2019.

Coaching Accomplishments:

Improved quality of badminton both at the student level, and coaching levels. Provided high school summer camps to area players, organized top level athlete exhibitions for coaches, organized coaching clinics, presided as president for the Illinois Girls Coaches Association (IGCA), attended national coaching clinics, organized a team of coaches to train as line judges at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and officiated as a badminton line judge at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Teams won 6 consecutive sectional titles. Almost every team coached has had winning record.

Coaching Style:

“Put in the work with practice, practice, practice!  Repetition whether it is footwork or strokes, might be boring, but the rewards are great.”

Key Influences:

“Mary Lou Hunt who was my high school tennis and badminton coach.”  

Advice for Young Players:

“Choosing to play badminton has hidden rewards that will surpass your high school badminton expectations. You will forever be changed and will never regret playing badminton!”

Current Activities:

“Stepped away from teaching tennis for the Elmhurst Park District after 25 years in December 2021. Keeping active by playing pickleball, hiking, biking, and rock climbing. Still coaching badminton at York high school. Staying involved with my church and community.”

Erin Hois (Class of 2022)

School played for/Years:

Downers Grove South from 1998-2001

Key Accomplishments:

Singles State Champion: 1998, 2000, 2001. *Missed 1999 season because of training at National Training Center in California*. Undefeated career. Won 11-0, 11-0 in 2000 Singles State Championship match. 6 Junior National Titles, Top 5 National ranking in 2002, Top 100 World ranking in 2003. Midwest Adult Champion 1998-2004.

Playing Style:

Aggressive and fast

Key Influences:

“I would say that my parents were the most supportive during my badminton career, they helped me through it all. Also my first coach Kampol Surapiboonchi and my best friend Shannon Pohl”

Advice to Young Players:

“To be good it has to be a year round commitment- not just seasonal. Also take advice and wisdom from a multitude of coaches and opportunities, and participate in camps and tournaments everywhere. This is absolutely not a recreational sport – it is the second most popular sport in the world and deserves recognition and respect”

What have you been up to after your badminton career?

“I did undergraduate at University of California Irvine while continuing to compete nationally and internationally. I finished college in 3 years and even walked on the Division 1 tennis team for my final year. I completed a master’s degree in clinical research at Rush and completed medical school at Midwestern in 2011. I did a residency in radiology for many years. I am a mother of a very active little boy who is my whole world, Jace.”

Jeannine Konkolewski (Class of 2022)

Schools played/coached for:

Played for Hersey when sports were managed by GAA.

Coached from 1978-79 to 1983-84 at Rolling Meadows

Coached from 1984-85 to 2020-21 at John Hersey

Accomplishments:

Won a District Title in 1980-81. 

15  Illinois State Medalists

2 State Champions and two runner-ups     

9 Sectional Plaques      

Team finished 9 times in the top ten     

2nd and 3rd Place State Team trophies 

MSL East Coach of the year 1986-87

Illinois Girls Coaches Association Badminton Coach of the year 1995-96

Coaching Style:

“As a coach I used a firm yet fair approach, but tried to build athlete/coach relationships through encouragement, motivation, humor and a display of sincere caring for our athletes.  I designed the practices and set the Varsity line-ups.  As coaches we understand that every athlete comes to us with different skill sets, but with focused daily practice efforts they steadily experience levels of improvement. This growth allows them to excel fundamentally, tactically and technically in their games beyond their imagination.  By athletes maintaining a positive mental attitude, displaying good sportsmanship and respecting their opponents/teammates/coaches/self, competition becomes a thrill.”

Biggest Influences:
“Jian Liu and Kevin Hussey guided many coaches at their clinics.  My fellow coaches offered words of wisdom and frequently became presenters at clinics.”

Advice for Young Players:
“Give 100% effort and leave it all on the court, learn from your mistakes, play in the moment by turning the page, train off-season and HAVE FUN!”
Current Activities:

“I enjoy playing pickleball for my daily enjoyment, travel whenever and meet up with friends every opportunity.”

Bob Tengstrand (Class of 2022)

Schools coached for:

Started coaching at TF North from 1983 to 2010. Has coached at TF South from 2011 to present.
Key Accomplishments:

9 sectional titles and 6 conference titles at TF North.
10 straight conference titles and 7 sectional titles at TF South. 2 IHSA State Championships (2013 & 2014). Coached State Doubles Champions in 2014. IHSA State Runner Up (2012). Finished in top 10 at State, 7 times.

Comments on Hall of Fame Coaching Career:

“Always tried to keep badminton relevant all year round by hosting 3 annual off season (free) tourneys.  Currently, we host 5 home invites loaded with badminton gifts and awards. Always placed my players well-being ahead of any personal feelings. Always provided quality rackets and badminton attire to my players at no cost. Always surrounded myself with excellent assistant coaches, parents, AD’s and dedicated players.  TFN/TFS badminton was never a one man show, it was always a conglomeration of many people and outside factors.  I accepted this award on behalf of many, many people.  THANK YOU!”.

Influences:

“Always respected and looked up to many other coaches. (Too many to list). Always appreciated the excellent (special) badminton community.”