Illusions Gold

Our Staff & Coaches

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.

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 (2010-2017).

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

Chet Schrader

Regional Director - Dallas

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

Team Coaches

Houston
18U
Spring

Josh Hoyt

Head Coach

Jonathon Redmann

Assistant Coach
18U
Missouri City

Tony McFarland

Head Coach

Bret Marek

Assistant Coach
281.507.8832
18U
Deer Park

Rob Plocheck

Head Coach
(713) 501-3406

Jacob Hickman

Assistant Coach

Chad Sandel

Assistant Coach

Caitlin Hickman

Assistant Coach
16U
Katy

Jonathan Lampl

Staff
832-498-2644

Paula Lampl

Staff
713-248-8268

Cassidy Bowen

Head Coach
918-978-6501

Sean Granere

Assistant Coach
832-387-8018

Robert Polk

Assistant Coach
832-640-0153
16U
Spring

Mark Reyes

Head Coach

Sabrina Reyes

Assistant Coach

Lindsey Cassel

Assistant Coach
16U
Missouri City

Allie Chenault

Pitching Coach

Eddie Sessum

Head Coach

Kassie Trojan

Fielding Coach
14U
Deer Park

Caitlin Hickman

Head Coach

Jacob Hickman

Assistant Coach
14U
Deer Park

John Arechiga

Head Coach

Mike Cridland

Assistant Coach

Luis Calvillo

Assistant Coach
14U
Sugar Land

Miguel Dominguez

Head Coach

Hector Napoleoni

Head Coach

Tatiana Cortez

Assistant Coach
14U
Webster

Vincent Vo

Head Coach

Henry Capponi

Fielding Coach

Ronda Weaver

Fielding Coach

Avery Hearn

Batting Coach

Tejay Linden

Assistant Coach
14U
Sugar Land

Cal Henningson

Head Coach
Central Texas
18U
Austin

Kellie Trinidad

Head Coach
16U
Austin, TX

Nick Ybarra

Head Coach
16U
Leander, Texas

Joe Aleman

Head Coach

Kyle Sanford

Assistant Coach

Albert Garza

Assistant Coach
14U
Austin

Jeremiah Gabriel

Head Coach
14U
Austin

Scott Barnard

Head Coach
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14U
Round Rock

John Avery

Head Coach
14U
Austin

Brittani Whitten

Head Coach

Johnny Ramirez

Assistant Coach
12U
Austin

Ryan Parscal

Head Coach

Dan Kingslien

Assistant Coach

Anthony Benavides

Assistant Coach

Tommy Keeling

Assistant Coach
North Texas
16U
Argyle

Sarah Smith

Head Coach

Chet Schrader

Head Coach

Casie Gaskin

Assistant Coach
16U
Argyle

Brandon Kubacak

Staff

Clark McNulty

Head Coach

Marissa Malazzo

Assistant Coach
14U
Southlake

Chris Hankins

Head Coach

Jason Green

Assistant Coach
East Texas
18U
Nacogdoches

Chris Pena

Head Coach
16U
Nacogdoches

Kyle Creech

Head Coach
3182188788

Tyler Cox

Assistant Coach
3185054630

Trace Kirby

Assistant Coach
3185056641
12U
Nacogdoches

Michael Chandler

Head Coach