Varsity Coaching Staff
Claire Kapral, Head Coach
This is Coach Kapral's sixth season as the varsity softball coach for Chippewa Valley High School. She is a health teacher at both the 9th Grade Center and main building. She attended Albion College where she played one year of basketball and three years of softball. Prior to coaching at Chippewa Valley, Coach Kapral coached varsity softball for one year at Grosse Pointe North. On NYE 2016, she married a Clinton Township firefighter.
Coach Kapral is proud to be back at the valley because it is where she graduated from in 2008 and where she lettered in three varsity sports: softball, basketball, and cross country.
- 2018 Macomb County Coach of the Year
- 2018 District Coach of the Year
- 2018 MAC White Coach of the Year
- 2017 Macomb County Coach of the Year
- 2017 MAC White Coach of the Year
Bob Cannon, Asst. Coach
Coach Bob started his coaching career as the assistant varsity boys' basketball coach at St. Anthony’s school in Detroit in 1968. He has coached ever since because of his love of sports and of the kids he gets to work with and he enjoys having an impact on student-athletes' lives in a positive way. Bob has coached baseball, softball, track, and boys and girls basketball at the little league level all the way up to the high school varsity level.
In high school, he lettered in 4 varsity sports—Baseball, Basketball, Football, and Track. In college, Bob played one year of football and 4 years of varsity baseball at Wayne State University. Go Tartars! He was severely injured his senior year (1971) and was never able to play competitively again. Bob has coached all 4 of his children's teams as they were growing up.
His goals are to win of course, but more importantly, to teach the benefit of never giving up and continuing to improve so that you can win. Also, sports provide a way to teach athletes that the sun will rise tomorrow no matter what the outcome of today's events happened to be.
Jeff Fifer, Asst. Coach
Leah Fifer, Asst. Coach
Coach Leah Fifer graduated from Chippewa Valley in 2012! She attended Western Michigan University where she got a degree in Elementary Education and is now in her 2nd year as a 4th grade teacher at Merritt Academy. Coach Leah played varsity softball for 4 years at CVHS and many, many years of travel softball. She is excited to be back on the field sharing her knowledge of this awesome sport!
ATHLETIC MISSION STATEMENT:To provide a comprehensive and balanced interscholastic program for all students that emphasizes learning the necessary lifelong skills to work effectively as team members, to solve problems, and to be productive and contributing members of society.