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Heather Orduña, head varsity coach for the girl’s softball team, will be coaching her 4th year at Costa Mesa High School this 2013 school year. This will also be her 1st year coaching as the head varsity coach.
In previous years she has been head JV coach as well as the Varsity assistant. Orduña started coaching in 2009, and has enjoyed it ever since.
This year, tryouts were held on Saturday December 8th.
She was excited to see several returners along with a lot of new girls trying out.
Orduña commented, “It was difficult choosing the teams this year because there is such a large senior class.”
Though this is true, the decision was made two days after tryouts. The Varsity team consists of: Dulce Gomez, Nicki Delgado, Maria Diaz, Molly Settles, Nisha Degante, Itzel Garcia, Alofa Skipps, Jennifer Santiago, Cynthia Morelos, Katie Chapel, Nathaly Aguayo, Alicia Rederscheid, Luiza Daraban, Bridgette Smitheram, Ashley Beall, and Jasmine Herrera.
Many of these players have known coach Orduña for about 4 years or more, and see her not only as a coach but as a friend as well.
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Senior, Dulce Gomez, was asked, “What do you think about your coach?” and responded by saying, “She’s a really great coach and is like a best friend to all the girls.”
Senior, Nicki Delgado, also commented,” She’s made a big impact on my softball life and she’s awesome!”
Although winning each game and playing your best is a goal that Coach Orduña has taught her players, she believes that athletics should teach each player how to develop character.
Academics are another important factor to Coach Orduña. She will not allow the grades of each player to go down because of sports. She encourages tutoring and is willing to help any of her players.
In addition, she believes that community involvement is vital, and she would like to see the community and the softball program come out to games this season.