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Mike Veen took the helm of Cyclones softball starting in fall 2010. He brings with him years of coaching experience, including managing Oak Lawn ICE Fastpitch Softball teams since 2001. Veen also has coached Oak Lawn Girls Softball teams from 1994 to 2000.
Veen grew up playing baseball in Evergreen Park and later played a few years of softball in Mount Greenwood. In 2011, Veen coached the Cyclones to a 21-15 record and a second place finish in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference. He looks forward to more successful seasons. "I'm excited, especially with all the talent we have this year. It's going to be a challenge, but it'll be fun. I can't wait for the season to start. I'm competitive, and I like to win," he said.
Veen will be joined again by assistant coach Natalie Wigginton, a former Cyclones athlete.
Veen lives in Oak Lawn with his wife of more than 30 years. They have three daughters, all of whom he has coached in softball.
Natalie Wigginton returned to the Cyclones in 2010, but this time as an assistant coach. She was a Cyclone volleyball and softball player from 2005 to 2007, earning All-Conference first team honors for both. She also was named an NJCAA All-American for volleyball. Wigginton continued her education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she played Division I softball. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2010 and works as a physical therapy assistant. In addition to school, Wigginton is a hitting instructor for girls ages 5 to 18 at Line Drive Baseball Academy and works for the Chicago White Sox in the club-level suites.