Colleen Biebel ’07 chose Marist for the family environment. “When I visited on my shadow day, all the teachers and students were welcoming, and I knew immediately Marist is where I wanted to go,” she said. “I could not be happier with my high school decision not only because it was four of the best years of my life, but also because it led me to where I am today.”
Biebel was a star on the softball field for the RedHawks. A member of the school’s first varsity team field in 2004. “It was special to be able to play with the exact same team for three years of varsity softball,” she said. The program earned four regional championships, one sectional championship, and the conference title during her junior and senior years.
A pitcher and center fielder, Biebel racked up the stats and awards. Her senior year she had a .448 batting average with 34 runs and 27 stolen bases. She amassed a 19-5 record on the mound that season with a 1.20 ERA and 205 strikeouts. She was ESCC player of the year in 2006 and 2007, and all-area and all-conference all four years, along with other accolades.
Her favorites memories were made with her teammates who continue to be among her best friends today. “We worked hard at practices, but also always had a great time! The games versus our rival Mother McAuley were always our favorite games of the year,” she said.
After Marist, Biebel went on to play softball for four years at Western Illinois University and earned a bachelor’s degree in education. She started coaching at Marist in 2012 as an assistant to Denise Fasano Bromberek, who started the program. Biebel was named Marist’s head coach in 2015, the same year she led the RedHawks to their second state title.
Biebel credits much of her style to Bomberek. “Denise was an amazing role model to me as a player, and taught me so much about coaching in the three years we coached together. She taught us as players the value of hard work. She respected us as players, and pushed us to be the best team we could possibly be while having fun and playing relaxed,” she said.
Biebel also teaches English at Marist and works in the Admissions Office as a recruiter. “I am so honored to be inducted in Marist High School’s Hall of Fame,” she said. “It is truly the highest honor I could receive, and I could not be more grateful to have been named an inductee.”
Biebel lives in Mt. Greenwood with her husband BJ Phelan.