Redlands softball coach resigns

Laurie Nevarez finished her career at Redlands with an incredible record of 319-116-1.

Laurie Nevarez has resigned from her position of head softball coach at the University of Redlands, effective Aug. 19.  She led the Bulldogs to nine SCIAC titles in a row but stepped down to take the same position with Cal State San Marcos, located near her extended family in Carlsbad and San Diego.

“It has nothing to do with anything wrong at Redlands. A part of my heart will always be here,” she said. “It’s about a better life for my family. I want my kids to grow up around their cousins and grandparents.”

Nevarez added that she and her husband still own a house in San Diego which they have been renting out. They also typically spend most of the summer in the area around their extended family and friends.

Nevarez, who played collegiately at UCLA, started her coaching career at Redlands in 2003-04.  During her second season, the Bulldogs erupted on the scene with a perfect 18-0 showing in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) competition en route to capturing the program’s inaugural conference title since 1988.

During the 2013 season, Redlands put together a campaign of milestones for Nevarez and the Bulldog softball program.  She guided the team to its ninth consecutive SCIAC championship during Nevarez’s 10-year stint.  In addition, she captured her 300th career win after averaging more than 30 wins per season at the helm of the Bulldogs.

She boasted a career record of 2319-116-1 and coached five SCIAC Players of the Year, four SCIAC Rookies of the Year, 44 All-SCIAC First-Team honorees, and 19 Second-Teamers to her name.