Santiago Canyon College (SCC) Head Softball Coach Lisa Camarco and her coaching staff were named the 2016 Cal JC National Coaching Staff of the Year by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Camarco and assistant coaches, Brandice Cutspec, Morgan McGee, Keely Decker and Marc Kendrick, were notified about the award after they led the SCC Hawks softball team to its first state championship in the program's short 10-year history.
Last season, the Hawks overall record was 41-9 with 44 percent of their wins by the mercy rule. This rule stipulates that when one team is up by eight runs after battling five of the regularly-scheduled seven innings and the end the game is called by the officials.
This national award is presented to the coaching staff that leads their team to win their title for each division of college softball. This year the award ceremony was held in New Orleans, Louisiana in December. Approximately 2,000 people attended the Champions Brunch where Camarco made an acceptance speech as she was presented the award on behalf of the SCC softball coaching staff.
The 2016 team also won several major awards at the state level and at the state championship, including:
- Academic All-American
- Two All-Southern California Selections
- Two All-State Selections
- An All-American
- Most Valuable Player
- Most Valuable Pitcher
- Most Valuable Offensive Player
- Most Valuable Defensive Player
The team was also named All-Academic team for having the highest overall Grade Point Average in the conference. One value that the coaching staff works to instill in their team is to give back to the community. As a team, they volunteer with Little League’s Challenger League where they host clinics for physically challenged children. Camarco also pays it forward by hosting several camps and clinics for youth players in Orange County.
Camarco was also named OEC Woman’s Coach of the Year for 2016. She was hired in 2006 to lead the SCC softball team to its inaugural 2007 season. Prior to working at SCC, she served as an assistant coach and adjunct faculty at San Diego Community College. For four years, she played softball at Point Loma Nazarene University where she received a degree in physical education.
The 2017 softball season is fast approaching with the team’s first game set for January 27. With the state championship under their belts, the team is ready for the challenge of defending their title this season with four returning members, a few freshmen, and a few transfers.
For more information on the SCC softball program please contact the Head Coach Lisa Camarco at Camarco_Lisa@sccollege.edu or (714) 628-4992.