University of Redlands head softball coach Danielle Spaulding has resigned.
The Etiwanda High School graduate had been in the program for four years, the last three as head coach. She has accepted a position at pitching coach at Long Beach State.
“I just want to thank the Bulldog family for everything these past four years. I have grown as a person and as a coach and wouldn’t be where I am, if I wasn’t given an opportunity,” Spaulding said in a prepared statement.
Spaulding, who played college softball at North Carolina, originally joined the Bulldog coaching staff as a graduate assistant coach prior to the 2012-13 academic year.
Upon the departure of long-time head coach Laurie Nevarez, she then served as our “interim” head coach during the 2013-14 academic year and directed the Bulldogs to a 31-15 overall record, a 23-5 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) mark, and the program’s 10th-consecutive conference championship.
Later that summer the interim label was removed.
In addition to the leadership provided for the softball program, Spaulding served as the advisor to the Redlands Student-Athlete Advisory Council. She has worked with the student-athletes to create leadership opportunities for them and improve the overall quality of events like the annual Golden Bone awards.
Senior center fielder AJ Carrasco of the University of Redlands has beeb named to the HERO All-America Team. She is the lone player chosen from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC).
She hit .479 with a .551 on-base percentage and a .782 slugging percentage. Her stellar season included 57 hits, seven doubles, seven triples and five home runs with 25 stolen bases, 33 RBIs and 44 run scored.
She struck out just twice in 119 at bats.
Earlier this spring she earned her third first team All-SCIAC honor. She was also named first-team All-West Region and All-America by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Hers is the link to see the entire All-American list.
The University of Redlands softball team impreoved four spots to No. 15 on this week’s National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III Top-25 Poll, earning its highest position for the 2014 season thus far.
Redlands currently boasts a 16-game winning streak to go along with an undefeated mark in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) competition. With a 16-0 conference record, the Bulldogs also possess a five-game lead in the conference standings, with six doubleheaders to go in the regular season.
Riverside native Kaitlyn Hooper, a senior pitcher, was named the SCIAC Female Athlete of the Week for her outstanding contributions against Willamette (Ore.), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Cal Lutheran. She now owns an ERA of 1.97 in 96 innings pitched to go along with a record of 14-2.
For a complete list of the poll, please visit the NFCA web site.
Redlands (20-6, 16-0 SCIAC) faces Whittier on Friday in a 2 p.m. doubleheader at the Softball “Field of Dreams.”