San Jac softball coaches earn NFCA honors

07.14.2017 | By Madelon Zimmermann

HOUSTON, Texas – The San Jacinto College softball coaching staff was recently awarded the 2017 Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the year by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). 

The softball coaching staff is made up of Head Coach Kelly Saenz, Assistant Coach Kelsey Walters, and Assistant Coach Selena Reyna.

“This is a prestigious honor for our coaches and for our college. Our coaches are dedicated and serious about their work with our athletes. They love the game and they care about our players,” said Dr. Allatia Harris, San Jacinto College Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives. “The members of the coaching staff model discipline, hard work, high expectations, fair play, and solid performance for our players. They live those values, and I am so proud to see them recognized by their colleagues at National Fastpitch Coaches Association.”

Saenz just finished her 14th season at the helm of the San Jacinto College softball team. Earlier this year she celebrated her 500th career win. Since being named head coach in 2004, her teams have won 61 percent of their games, earned two Region XIV titles, and made four National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournament appearances.

Walters just completed her fifth season as an assistant coach. A former pitcher for San Jac, she broke several of the pitching records and holds the record for most wins in a season and most innings pitched. After graduating from San Jac, Walters played at McNeese State University, where she guided the Cowboys to a 69-56 record.

Reyna is in her second season as an assistant coach. She attended Ball State University where she helped the Cardinals win back to back Mid-American Conference championship titles, their first National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regional game against the University of Notre Dame, and the Mid-American Tournament Championship.

The staff will be honored Saturday, December 9th at the NFCA Coaching Staff of the Year Brunch at the NFCA National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The San Jacinto College softball team finished the season with a 42-21 record. San Jac’s 42 wins this season mark the 10th time in school history with at least 40 wins. The softball team was 2017 NJCAA Region XIV champions and made its fourth trip to the NJCAA Division I Softball National Championship.

 

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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