The 2020 season will be the third at the College for Forester pitching coach Laura Fillipp, who also assists the head coach in nearly all aspects of the program.
Lake Forest is 55-30 overall and 31-5 in Midwest Conferece play with back-to-back league titles and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances over the last two seasons. Forester pitchers have combined for a 2.61 earned run average, 357 strikeouts, and three all-conference selections during that span.
"Coach Flip" came to Lake Forest after a pair of seasons as the head coach at Rockford University. She also served as the head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside for 13 years (2002-14) and as the interim head coach at Penn State University in 1996. Additional experience at the collegate level includes three seasons as an assistant coach and instructor of kinesiology at Penn State and one as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Northern Kentucky University. Fillipp also coached and/or held positions in elementary, middle, and high school athletic departments for about 15 years and has instructed at numerous softball camps and clinics.
A successful player as well, Fillipp competed on four national championship teams and tallied over 200 home runs as a left-handed power hitter. The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) inducted Fillipp into both its National and Illinois Hall of Fame, and she is also a member of the College of Lake County Athletic Hall of Fame.
Fillipp graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a bachelor's degree in education and a coaching minor and certificate.