February 2, 2018

Kishwaukee College is adding men’s and women’s cross country to its Athletic department beginning in Fall 2018. The new teams join the addition of women’s soccer and re-launch of men’s soccer in Fall 2018 to bring the Athletic offerings to nine. Joining the College staff as coaches for the cross country teams are Scott Peterson, Head Coach, and Missy Gillis, Assistant Coach.

Scott Peterson currently coaches the cross country team at Evans Junior High School in Bloomington and has previously coached at Parkside Junior High School (also located in Bloomington), and East Peoria High School. Locally, he coached Sycamore High School’s cross country team in 2008 – 2011 and is a graduate of Kaneland High School. While competing in cross country at Kaneland, Peterson was a member of the Knights’ team that qualified for State for three consecutive years, finishing 9th twice and 5th once at the state meet.

Missy Gillis is currently the Director of Student Outreach and Educational Partnerships at Kishwaukee College. Gillis began running track when she was in 4th grade and continued through her time at Lourdes High School in Chicago. As an undergraduate at Elmhurst College, she started to run cross country as well as track and was the captain of the team during her junior and senior years.  She set school records at Elmhurst in the 1500, 3000, 5000, and 10000 meter races, and cites the day she broke five minutes for her time in the 1500 as one of the most memorable days in her competitive running career. Currently, she has formed the DeKalb County Gazelles, a running club, and cheers on her daughter who competes in cross country in middle school.

Peterson stated, “This area has an excellent running community and the local high schools all have good teams. This means we can build a good program from the start that will continue to grow.”  Gillis added, “We already have 10 runners – 5 women and 5 men – who have joined the team and they represent a nice cross section of the local high schools. Ideally, we want to have 10 runners on both the men’s and women’s teams.”

Peterson and Gillis share a philosophy on coaching that is relatively simple: every member of the team is equally important and all are coached the same.  Peterson explained, “People often think of running as a solitary sport, but cross country is a team sport. The top 5 finishers receive points. The team practices running in small groups to learn to finish within a minute of each other to earn points. Building a team that has positive camaraderie is really important.”

The team will run practices on Kish’s 120-acre campus, which has served in the past as a cross country course, and may add in other local practice courses in the area. Because most meets will run on relatively flat courses in the area, the team will practice on the type of surfaces they will encounter at meets.

Gillis noted that running cross country is very different from track but most runners can learn to run on non-paved surfaces that make up the cross country course. “I think it is also different from a fan’s perspective, too, and that also makes it a different experience for the runner. Running on a track means the fans can see the runner for the entire race. In cross country, the fans are stationed along the course. A runner coming out of a wooded area where there were no spectators will suddenly be greeted by cheering. It is very cool.”

For more information on cross country at Kishwaukee College, contact Scott Peterson at or Missy Gillis at or at 815-825-9423.

Pictured are coaches Scott Peterson adn Missy Gillis.

Categories: Athletics
December 4, 2017

Kishwaukee College Athletics welcomed their new Head Men’s Soccer coach, Brenton Joseph, to campus on November 1. Men’s Soccer will return to campus in Fall 2018. The College will also be adding Women’s Soccer, which will debut in Fall 2018.

Brenton Joseph attended Mercer County Community College in New Jersey. He then transferred and earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Alabama A&M University and continued his studies as a graduate student in Computer Science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He played soccer for Mercer County Community College and Alabama A&M University as a central midfielder. While a graduate student at Huntsville, he was asked to be the Assistant Coach for the Men’s Soccer team.

From 1997 – 2007, Joseph was the Head Soccer Coach for both the men’s and women’s teams at Benedictine University in Lisle. From 2007 – 2014, he was the Head Soccer Coach for the men’s team at Augustana University. He and his family relocated to the Oswego/Naperville area where he was the Head Coach for the AJAX – FC Chicago Club boys team. He started his own Soccer Club, Elements – FC, based in Naperville earlier this year. Elements – FC is a club for boys and girls from grade school through high school age. Brenton Joseph holds the United States Soccer Federation ‘A’ License and the United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma.

Joseph is excited to return to college coaching with the Kougars.  “My experience is unique and I bring new insight to this level,” he explained. “All my experiences have helped me grow as a coach. I am not the same type of coach I was 10 years ago. My philosophy now is to recruit players who not only play well, but have good character. I want players who want to compete and are willing to learn and who also realize that playing soccer at the college level is an avenue to something bigger.”

With Kish not fielding a soccer team for nearly 3 years, Joseph is rebuilding the program from the ground up. He said, “We can’t forget our history but this is also a new chapter in Kish soccer. We need to forge our own path.” Joseph emphasizes possession as the key to strong play and encourages players to think and problem solve on the field. “Soccer should be actively enjoyed,” he said. “I am looking for players who want to work with me to build this team together.”

For more information on the Men’s Soccer Team for Fall 2018 at Kishwaukee College, contact Brenton Joseph at

Categories: Athletics