ILLINOIS STATE Softball TIM SCHLOSSER Athletic Study Center Director
Schlosser directs the athletic study center after two years as a graduate teaching assistant in the communication department and three years as assistant coach for the Illinois State gymnastics team. Schlosser received his B.S. in speech communication from Illinois State in 2000 and completed his master’s degree in 2009. As a lifelong enthusiast for the Olympic sports movement, Schlosser previously owned and operated gymnastic facilities in Central Illinois and was employed as the National Coaching Coordinator for USA Gymnastics Trampoline and Tumbling.
DR. JIM JOHNSON Softball Academic Consultant
After a 35-year career as a professor of psychology at Illinois State, “Dr. J” joined the staff of the study center as a volunteer while continuing to teach one course each semester. Through teaching large numbers of student-athletes in his auditorium sections of introductory psychology, he has worked extensively with the study center staff and coaches while volunteering in several programs. He utilizes his knowledge of the teaching/learning process in providing study skills workshops as well as in working with softball athletes.
GINA CHIAVINI DEW Softball Academic Advisor
Gina Dew works with the softball team to guide each student in her academic career goals and course choices each semester. Dew also computes NCAA compliance for each softball student-athlete, while also assisting with orientation programs for freshmen and transfers and speaking with recruits when visiting campus. Dew received her undergraduate degree from Illinois State, where she was a four-year letterwinner in gymnastics. Dew was named the team MVP twice during her career. Dew earned two degrees from ISU. She graduated in 1983 with a bachelor’s of science degree and completed her bachelor’s of education degree 1989.
LAURIE RETZER Softball Secretary
Laurie Retzer works in the Illinois State Athletics Department, where she serves as the administrative clerk in Horton Field House. Retzer serves as the office manager, assisting the softball coaching staff. A native of Normal, Ill., and a fourth-generation alumna of Illinois State, Retzer received her bachelor’s degree in recreation administration in December 1977. She and her husband, Kent, a 1978 graduate of Illinois State, have three sons: Joshua, David (‘06) and Nathan (‘08), as well as six grandchildren.
“The study center staff is very supportive and is always there to help. They always take an interest in anything we may need.” -junior Kara Nelson
2010 Redbird Softball Media Guide
An indepth look of the Illinois State softball program.