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Conference Champions - 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2009, 2007, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1987, 1985, 1978, 1974

Regional Champions - 2020, 2019, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007, 1995, 1991

Sectional Champions - 2019, 2014, 2009, 2007, 1991

State (Final Place) -  2019 (Runner Up), 2014 (Elite 8), 2009 (State Champions), 2007 (Elite 8), 1991 (Elite 8)

 “Win or lose you will never regret working hard, making sacrifices, being disciplined or focusing too much. Success is measured by what we have done to prepare for competition” – Unknown

Coach - Josh Carlile, or 815-928-7181
Coach - Kylie Johnson, or 815-928-7193
Coach - Rob Johnson, or 815-928-7128

Coach Information

Josh Carlile
Josh Carlile 
Head Coach

Coach Josh Carlile became the head coach in 2008 after co-head coaching the middle school softball program since 2002.  Under Carlile's direction the softball program at Manteno Middle School has a record of 165-38 (.812%).  During his tenure MMS has finished second in the conference three times and won four conference championship.  The program has four regional and three sectional titles under Coach Carlile.  In 2007 MMS earned a spot in the state tournament (elite eight) for the first time in over fifteen years.  In 2009 the Panthers earned another trip to the state tournament, this time winning the state championship. In 2014 the MMS team again returned to state earning an elite eight finish.

In addition to coaching the MS team, Carlile has been the head coach of the Manteno High School Varsity Softball team since 2003 and was the assistant head coach during the 2001 and 2002 seasons.  Carlile has also coached traveling softball for three years.  His travel teams earned World Series births in all three seasons (NSA 12 and under twice and ASA 16 under). Carlile has been named the River Valley Confernce Coach of the Year  for all sports once, Daily Journal Coach of the Year once, and Interstate Eight conference coach of the year three times.

Carlile was a two sport athlete in high school competing in baseball for four years and football for two.  Coach Carlile earned a scholarship to play college baseball before deciding to enter the United States Army.

Krista Carlile
Krista Carlile 
Assistant Coach

Currently Coach Carlile is the Manteno Softball Program's pitching instructor.  Coach Krista Carlile previously held the co-head varsity softball coach position.  Prior to taking over the varsity coaching position, Coach Carlile was the junior varsity head coach.  Coach Carlile also coached traveling softball for two years.  Both years Carlile's teams qualified for national tournaments (NSA 12 and under). 

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.