WALL OF FAME
TRACK AND FIELD
Softball Coaching Staff
January 30, 2012Manteno High School
Coach T.J. Lambert has been coaching varsity high school softball since 2002. T.J. started as an assistant coach at Cathedral High School, one of the most prestigous softball schools in Indiana. Coach Lambert took over the varsity program in 2005 and continued to build upon the past success of Cathedral High School. T.J. led two teams to Sectional titles in her three years as the Cathedral Irish head coach.
Coach Lambert helped guide the MMS Panthers to the state championship during the 2009 season. Lambert took over the head coaching duties in 2011, while head coach Josh Carlile was deployed with the Army, and lead the team to a regional championship.
Coach Lambert is returning to Manteno after graduating from MHS in 1998. During high school Coach Lambert set numerous records many of which still stand today. After High School T.J. attended Kankakee C.C. on a full ride athletic scholarship. After graduating from KCC T.J. transferred to Marian College in Indianapolis. Lambert played four years of collegiate softball and earned Academic and Athletic All- American awards.
Prior to taking over the pitching duties, Coach Krista Carlile was the co-head coach for Manteno Middle School from 2002 - 2007. In her six seasons MMS finished second in the conference twice and won one conference championship. The program has a regional and sectional title under Coach Carlile. In 2007 MMS earned a spot in the state tournament (elite eight) for the first time in over fifteen years. Coach Carlile helped guide the 2009 MMS Panthers to the state championship with her instruction to the Panther Pitchers. Carlile's pitchers set two records at the state tournament including a no hitter in game one and 13 strike outs in the championship game.
Krista was a three sport athlete at Manteno High School participating in basketball, volleyball, and softball. During her career Carlile broke many school records, many of which still stand in the all time record book. After high school Carlile continued her softball career at Kankakee Community College on a full ride athletic scholarship. While at KCC, Carlile's team finished 7th at the national junior college tournament. After graduating from KCC Carlile played softball at the University of Wisconsin Parkside where she was a pitcher.