varsity coaching staff
claire kapral, head coach
This is my fifth season as the varsity softball coach for Chippewa Valley High School. I am also a health and physical education teacher at both the 9th Grade Center and main building. I attended Albion College where I played one year of basketball and three years of softball. Prior to coaching at Chippewa Valley, I coached varsity softball for one year at Grosse Pointe North. On NYE 2016, I married a Clinton Township firefighter.
I am proud to be back at the valley because it is where I graduated from in 2008 and where I lettered in three varsity sports: softball, basketball, and cross country.
bob cannon, assistant 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, assistant coach
Leah Fifer, assistant coach
My name is Leah Fifer and I graduated from Chippewa Valley in 2012! I attended Western Michigan University where I got a degree in Elementary Education and am now a 4th grade teacher at Merritt Academy. I played varsity softball for 4 years at CVHS and many, many years of travel softball. I am so excited to be back on the field sharing my 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.