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Levels: Varsity / Junior Varsity / Freshman
Dates: Jan. 21, 2021 - April 3, 2021
Head Coach: Grant Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Varsity Assistant Coach: Mike Fitzgerald
JV Coach: Derek Howell
Freshman Coaches: Matt Edstrom, Sakthi Shanmugasundaram
Grant Johnson won two IHSA state championships during his first four years as head coach, in 2017 and 2018, and added a runner-up finish in 2019. His first team, in 2016, tied for 13th. His teams have captured four sectional titles.
During Johnson’s first four seasons, the Patriots have recorded a dual-meet record of 72-1-2. Stevenson has three perfect seasons during his four-year tenure: 20-0 in 2019, 17-0 in 2018, and 22-0 in 2016. SHS entered the 2020 season with a 43-match winning streak.
In addition to two team state championships in four years, Johnson also has guided Stevenson to two individual singles titles and two doubles crowns. Esther Shi won the state singles championship in 2017 and 2018, and Emily Hu and Jenny Yang captured the doubles titles in 2018 and 2019.
Johnson was assistant coach under Mike Fitzgerald from 2002-15. During that time, the Patriots won one state championship (2012) and had five other top-10 finishes. Stevenson won eight sectional titles while he was an assistant.
Johnson also served as an assistant girls tennis coach for nine years, and as an assistant girls basketball coach for one season.
Tryouts for the 2020-21 season: To be determined
The 2020-21 season is expected to run from Feb. 15, 2021 - May 1, 2021
Girls Badminton tryouts begin Thursday, Jan. 21 at 4:00 p.m.
All interested athletes should attend the Tryout Information Meeting via Zoom.
Topic: Girls Badminton Tryout Meeting
Time: Jan. 20, 2021, 5:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/96255728595
Meeting ID: 962 5572 8595
Note: The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, where the Board announced a season change for the sport of Girls Badminton, provided an update on contact days, and reiterated that a timeline on sport schedules for the remainder of the school year will be forthcoming following discussions with state officials. The Board voted to move Girls Badminton from a spring sport to a winter sport within the modified 2020-21 sports calendar.
Winter sports start date (and its potential ramifications on spring and summer schedules) remains TBD as we await guidance from the state.
IHSA Team State Championships
2018, 2017, 2012
IHSA Individual State Champions (Singles)
Miwa Kuniwake: 1999
Esther Shi: 2017, 2018
IHSA Individual State Champions (Doubles)
Emily Hu and Jenny Yang: 2019, 2018
Randy Osterman and Miwa Kuniwake: 1997
IHSA Team Sectional Championships
2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1992
IHSA State Medalists (state champions in bold)
|Wan Wan Liu||2011-12||2||Singles|
SHS Girls Badminton Season Summaries
Season results as reported on the IHSA website
|1991-92||10||5||Mike Fitzgerald||IHSA sectional champion|
|1994-95||13||1||1||Mike Fitzgerald||IHSA sectional champion|
|1995-96||14||1||Mike Fitzgerald||IHSA state finals - 10th (tie); sectional champion|
|1996-97||13||2||Mike Fitzgerald||IHSA state finals - 4th (tie); sectional champion|
|1997-98||12||3||Mike Fitzgerald||IHSA sectional champion|
|1998-99||4||8||Mike Fitzgerald||IHSA state finals - 6th (tie); sectional champion|
|1999-00||8||6||Mike Fitzgerald||IHSA sectional champion|
|2000-01||16||1||Mike Fitzgerald||IHSA state finals - 8th (tie); sectional champion|
|2001-02||15||1||Mike Fitzgerald||IHSA state finals - 5th; sectional champion|
|2002-03||11||4||1||Mike Fitzgerald||IHSA sectional champion|
|2004-05||9||4||Mike Fitzgerald||IHSA sectional champion|
|2007-08||11||2||Mike Fitzgerald||IHSA state finals - 7th|
|2010-11||16||2||Mike Fitzgerald||IHSA state finals - 6th; sectional champion|
|2011-12||19||0||Mike Fitzgerald||IHSA state champion (tie); sectional champion|
|2012-13||16||1||1||Mike Fitzgerald||IHSA state finals - 8th (tie); sectional champion|
|2013-14||22||3||Mike Fitzgerald||IHSA sectional champion|
|2014-15||18||3||Mike Fitzgerald||IHSA state finals - 7th (tie); sectional champion|
|2015-16||22||0||Grant Johnson||IHSA sectional champion|
|2016-17||13||1||2||Grant Johnson||IHSA state champion; sectional champion|
|2017-18||17||0||Grant Johnson||IHSA state champion; sectional champion|
|2018-19||20||0||Grant Johnson||IHSA state 2nd place; sectional champion|