Illusions Gold

OUR COACHES & STAFF

Executive Staff

Jonathan Lampl

Executive Director
Founder/College Recruiting

For over 25 years, Jonathan Lampl’s dedication to the development of softball in Houston, TX has been unmatched. Jonathan was instrumental in the development of the Impact Gold organization as well as the Sudden Impact Organization.

In 1992, Jonathan founded the Ronald McDonald Tournament with the intention of creating a charitable softball tournament in Houston. It has grown to be one of the largest charity softball tournaments in the country, donating over $400,000 to the Houston Area Ronald McDonald House. 2017 marks the 25th year for the Ronald McDonald Tournament and their service to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

For 15 years, Jonathan served as a Junior Olympic ASA deputy. During this time he assisted Stoney Burke in bringing the Olympic team to Houston, TX three times for exhibition games. Jonathan helped hand pick players to compete against the USA team while also coaching an exhibition team in College Station. He helped expand Houston talent beyond the US, taking Impact Gold teams to both Italy and China to compete internationally.

He has served on the Spring Klein executive board for 15 years including Vice President of athletics, Vice President of Administration and Treasurer. He has three daughters and three grandchildren. His daughter and granddaughter currently play on the Illusions 02 -16U team with Coach Christa Williams.

Jonathan has assisted over 175 players obtain scholarships to various levels of college, he is a true advocate for his student athletes during their college search. Jonathan strives to provide a positive environment for his players while they pursue their dreams of playing the highest levels of fastpitch softball.

Eddie Sessum

Executive Director
Founder/Training

Coach Eddie has over 20 years of select coaching experience with programs such as Impact Gold and Texas Magic Gold. Eddie has helped well over 100 players obtain Division I scholarships and pursue their degrees at the next level. Coach Eddie believes in his teams being fundamentally sound, both defensively and offensively, and mentors his athletes to be mentally fit. He has a true LOVE for the game and for each of his players.

Rob Plocheck

Executive Director
Founder/Treasurer

A local of Pasadena, TX, Rob Plocheck played baseball at Southwest Texas (Texas State) before coming back to the Deer Park area to start a family. With three daughters and a son, it was inevitable that he would be coaching softball. Rob has coached for 18 years from recreation and up through 18U Gold. Along the way players under his direction have gone to play D1, D2 and JuCo programs. Since then, they have returned to instruct the game themselves. Accomplishments include over 15 top 10 national finishes and player accolades.

Rob will bring both physical and mental preparation for the game on the field along with the preparing young ladies to be strong contributors to the community in whatever avenue they choose. His ability to teach and prepare players in demonstrated in their collegiate success as All-Conference, All-Region and All-American players. Summer 2017 finishes include 4th place at ASA 16U GOLD Nationals, top 10 finish for Triple Crown Sports USA Nationals ESPN, and 5th place at TCS Colorado Fireworks 16U Elite bracket.

Alyssa Tjaden

Executive Director
Founder/Uniforms

Originally from Austin, TX, Alyssa Tjaden began her coaching career in 2002 with the Texas Stix Softball Organization. In 2005, Alyssa was named the Head Coach of the first Texas Stix Gold team. From 2005-2011, Alyssa directed the Texas Stix Gold 18U program assisting over 70 Stix commitments to the college level. In 2013, Alyssa moved to Houston, TX where she began the Texas Stix HTX program in the fall of 2014. From the fall of 2014 to the summer of 2017, the Texas Stix HTX teams (Texas Stix HTX 05, Texas Stix HTX 06 and Texas Stix HTX 14U) developed under the direction of Alyssa.

Alyssa coached college seasons at Iowa State University (2008) as well as Concordia University -Austin (2009-2010). She assisted in the University of Massachusetts Softball Summer Camp (2005), Iowa State University Skills Camps (2004-2008) and University of Louisiana- Lafayette Skills Camps (2010-present).

A two-time NCAA Academic All-American and a pitcher for the Iowa State softball team, Alyssa (Ransom) pitched for Iowa State University during the 2004-2007 seasons. Alyssa finished her career with the Cyclones a statistical leader in almost every pitching category and defeated every Big 12 opponent during her career, the first and only Cyclone to do so.

Full Bio can be found on Cyclones.com – Alyssa Tjaden

Chris Pena

Regional Director - North Texas

Joey Aleman

Regional Director - Central Texas

Jeff Staton

Regional Director - Central Texas

Brittani Whitten

Camp & Clinic Director - Central Texas

Cassidy Bowen

Player Development

Camp & Clinic Director

Tamera Plocheck

Uniforms & Merchandise

Paula Lampl

Uniforms & Merchandise

Brian Waraksa

Webmaster - Raxa Design

Individual Team Staff

18U ILLUSIONS GOLD - ALLEN

Coach David Allen

Head Coach

Vulture16@gmail.com

16U ILLUSIONS GOLD - DOYLE

Coach Leigha Doyle

Head Coach

Hitawaydoyle@gmail.com

18U ILLUSIONS GOLD - LAMPL/STATON

Coach Jeff Staton

Head Coach

staton_hitting@yahoo.com

Coach Jonathan Lampl

Assistant Coach

illusionsgoldsoftball@comcast.net

18U ILLUSIONS PREMIER - PLOCHECK

Coach Caitlin Hickman

Assistant Coach

caitlin.plocheck@yahoo.com

Coach Chad Sandel

Assistant Coach

Coach Rob Plocheck

Head Coach

gocampin@swbell.net

18U Illusions Gold - VILLEGAS

Coach George Villegas

Head Coach

gvillusionsgoldctx@gmail.com

16U ILLUSIONS GOLD - ALEMAN

Coach Joe Aleman

Head Coach

joe.aleman@outlook.com

16U ILLUSIONS GOLD - BOWEN

Coach Cassidy Bowen

Head Coach

illusionsgoldbowen@gmail.com

16U ILLUSIONS GOLD - DOBSON

Coach Mary Dobson

Head Coach

dobson0813@gmail.com

16U ILLUSIONS GOLD - HOYT

Coach Josh Hoyt

Head Coach

hoyt.josh@hou.sysco.com

16U ILLUSIONS PREMIER - MCFARLAND

Coach Tony McFarland

Head Coach

tdm1435@hotmail.com

16U ILLUSIONS GOLD - MCNULTY

Coach Clark McNulty

Head Coach

cdmcnulty44@yahoo.com

Coach Jeff Hamburg

Assistant Coach

cdmcnulty44@yahoo.com

Coach Brandon Kubacak

Staff

bvkubacak@msn.com

16U ILLUSIONS GOLD - PENA

Coach Chris Pena

Head Coach

illusionsgoldfastpitch03@gmail.com

16U ILLUSIONS GOLD - RAMIREZ

Coach Ivan Ramirez

Head Coach

illusions.ram@yahoo.com

16U ILLUSIONS GOLD - REYES

Coach Mark Reyes

Head Coach

anthonyreyes946@yahoo.com

Coach Lindsey Cassel

Assistant Coach

Coach Sabrina Reyes

Assistant Coach

14U Illusions Gold - Hankins

Coach Chris Hankins

Head Coach

illusionsgoldntx@gmail.com

Coach Bailey Terry

Assistant Coach

illusionsgoldntx@gmail.com

14U ILLUSIONS GOLD - HENNINGSON

Coach Cal Henningson

Head Coach

chenningson1134@gmail.com

14U ILLUSIONS GOLD - HICKMAN

Coach Caitlin Hickman

Head Coach

caitlin.plocheck@yahoo.com

Coach Jacob Hickman

Assistant Coach

jacob_hickman18@ymail.com

14U ILLUSIONS GOLD - MOORE

Coach Cliff Moore

Head Coach

illusionsgoldsoftball@gmail.com

14U ILLUSIONS GOLD - SCHRADER

Coach Chet Schrader

Head Coach

illusionsgoldschrader@gmail.com

Coach Allerheiligen

Assistant Coach

Coach Sanchez

Assistant Coach

14U Illusions Gold - SESSUM

Coach Eddie Sessum

Head Coach

angelicmsgr@yahoo.com

14U ILLUSIONS PREMIER - TROJAN

Coach Kassie Trojan

Head Coach

P_kassie@hotmail.com

Coach Allie Chenault

Assistant Coach

amc6291@gmail.com

14U ILLUSIONS GOLD - WHITTEN

Coach Brittani Whitten

Head Coach

brittani.whitten@ctx.edu

12U Illusions PREMIER - ARECHIGA

Coach John Arechiga

Head Coach

illusionsvo@gmail.com

12U ILLUSIONS GOLD - CHANDLER

Coach Michael Chandler

Head Coach

mwcgator1980@me.com

12U Illusions Gold - DOMINGUEZ

Coach Miguez Dominguez

Head Coach

maddog1254@yahoo.com

12U Illusions Gold - GOMEZ

Coach Jose Gomez

Head Coach

illusionsgoldgomez@gmail.com

12U ILLUSIONS PREMIER - PARSCAL

Coach Ryan Parscal

Head Coach

rp@techlinepipe.com

12U Illusions Gold - VO

Coach Vincent Vo

Head Coach

illusionsvo@gmail.com

10U ILLUSIONS GOLD - SJOLANDER

Coach Darren Sjolander

Head Coach

ksmonkey27@yahoo.com

8U Illusions Gold - Robles

Coach Chris Robles

Head Coach

chrisroblessr@gmail.com

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