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Gila Monster
Softball Program

EAC softball has been in existence since 1978 and has recruited players from all over the United States as well as some foreign countries. EAC has a rich tradition of success both on and off the field. The softball team will typically carry up to 18 players which might include both scholarship players as well as walk-ons. Athletes in the softball program, like students in the other athletic teams at EAC, are prepared for graduation and transfer.

 

Softball Season

Eastern Arizona College’s Gila Monster Softball team competes in the NJCAA and is a Division I member of the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC). The ACCAC consists of 12 teams and has a Division I and a Division II Championship. Eastern plays up to a 60-game schedule including some non-conference opponents from Oklahoma, California, Kansas, Oregon, Texas and other states in tournaments. Playing in four tournaments a year, we have the opportunity to play against nationally ranked teams from all over the United States.

 

Player Success

Eastern’s Gila Monster Softball players have advanced to play at:

Adams State University, CO
Angelo State, TX
BYU-Hawaii
Cameron University, OK
Chaminade University, HI
Creighton University, NE
Eastern New Mexico University
Grand Canyon University
LA Tech
Mesa State College, CO
Mississippi State University
New Mexico State University
South Dakota State University
Southern Utah State University
U.S. Army
University of Mary, ND
University of Alabama
University of New Mexico
University of Southern Colorado
Western New Mexico University

2014 Players to Transfer
Kaila Crandall Univ. of Bridgeport
Sarah Fitzherbert Univ. of Northern Colorado
Winona Pauline William Jewell Univ.
Janese Timmons Bloomfield College
Ashalynn Umiamka Monmoth State
Candice Whetton Univ. of Nebraska - Kearney
   
2013 Active Players
Yvanna Bejarano - Thatcher High Univ. of Colorado - Pueblo
Kaisha Dacosin - Kaneohe, HI West Texas State A&M
Rita Hokianga - New Zealand West Texas State A&M
Signed and Transferred
Hanna Rost Univ. of Lafayette - Alexandria
   
2012 Active Players
Elliana Cabrera - Hayden High East Tennessee
Daria Leid - Reno, NV Kansas Wesleyan
Amanda Martinez - Sunnyside High   Jacksonville State
   
Alumni and Where They Landed
2011   Pitisi Tualau BYU Hawaii
2011 Christina Chavez Cal State Dominguez Hills
2011 Lynette Directo New Mexico Highlands
2011 TJ Fernandez Christian Brothers Univ.
2011 Alex Smith Bloomfield College
2010 Chenelle Senas Hawaii Pacific
2010 Ryanne Dacosin Dixie State College
2010 Chrissy Tyler South Dakota St. Univ.
2010 Jamie Franco Bethany College
2010 Antoniette Diaz West Georgia
2010 Michelle Teo Friends Univ.
2009 Brittany Brackenridge Clark Univ.
2009 Chacherae Brantley Cal State Dominguez Hills
2009 Caity Gray Cumberland College
2009 Sara Hopwood Univ. of Purdue - Ft. Wayne
2008 Joyce Delp Towson State
2008 Noe Esperas Eastern Kentucky
2008 Marina Gusman-Brown East Carolina
2008 Krysha Fritzerald San Jose State
2007 Cheynah Farley UNLV
2007 Kacie Lewis Western New Mexico Univ.
2007 Tiffany Garafano Ball State
  Lorna DeWitt BYU Hawaii
  Kacie Leahan Mesa State
  Claudia Lopez Angelo State (Nat'l Champs D2)
  Jill Yuen NMSU
  Autumn Anderson Mississippi State Univ.
  Sarah Adams Southern Utah
  Karren Hatch Mesa State
  Amelia Garcia Chamaniade
     

 

About the College

Eastern is Arizona’s oldest community college with approximately 1,500 full-time students on the main campus in Thatcher. Over 200 are athletes, the majority of whom live in on-campus residence halls. EAC fields teams in football, basketball (men’s & women’s), volleyball, softball, golf (men’s), tennis (women’s), and baseball.

Eastern is located in Graham County with a population of 35,000. The scenic views and perfect weather make for one of the best Junior College locations in the country. The main campus is in the Gila Valley at the base of the beautiful Mt. Graham, a 10,720 foot peak. Principal economic activities in the area include farming, ranching, mining, governmental services, and higher education.

Both the College and the community offer a wide variety of activities and cultural events.

 

 

Head Coach,
Kate McCluskey

 

Coaching Staff

Head Coach Kate McCluskey

Head Coach Kate McCluskey is an alumna of Eastern Arizona College, graduating in 1982. She continued her education at Western New Mexico University, in Silver City, graduating with her masters degree in administration in 1989. She took over as head softball coach in January of 1990.

The Gila Monsters were Region I Champions in 2007 and the ACCAC Champions in 2007 and 1998, and Region I runners up in 1998 and 1995. Coach McCluskey has had the privilege of coaching numerous All-American and Academic All-American players.

Contact:

Head Coach - Kate McCluskey
928-428-8411
kate.mccluskey@eac.edu

 

Asssistant Coach,
Bob Hammett

 

Assistant Coach Bob Hammett

Bob Hammett has been an assistant softball coach at EAC since 2006. He played softball for the All Navy Amphibious Force in 1966-67, the Arizona State Fastpitch Softball League from 1969-83; and played and coached Safford Men’s Fastpitch from 1984-88.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asssistant Coach,
Alexis Aguirre

 

Assistant Coach Alexis Aguirre

Alexis Aguirre, from Tucson, Arizona, has had a lot of experience when it comes to softball. In 2008, Alexis went to Kirkland, Washington for the Junior Softball World Series, where her team beat Puerto Rico on ESPN in the championship game 10-4 and became World Champions of 2008. In 2012, her senior year at Canyon Del Oro High School, they went to the state championship game held at the ASU Stadium and beat Sunrise Mountain High School in extra innings 11-9. The summer after her graduation, she played for Desert Thunder under Kelly Fowler and went to Nationals where they took the National Title in Oklahoma City, where the College Softball World Series is held.

Alexis attended Yavapai College from Fall 2012 to Fall 2013. She then was recruited by Eastern Arizona College in Spring 2015 and helped lead the team to the NJCAA National tournament. EAC finished the season ranked #19 in the nation and was a #8 seed going into the tournament.

After playing for 18 years of her life, Alexis decided to hang up her cleats and help coach those that have the same love and passion for softball.

Alexis helps her dad, headcoach of travel ballteam Arizona Cats, while still attending school. She wants to help those who want to go to the next level compete and have the same drive to get better and help a team become successful.

She was hired as an assistant softball coach at Eastern Arizona College in Spring 2016.

 

Asssistant Coach,
Michelle Teo

 

Assistant Coach Michelle Teo

Michelle Teo attended EAC in 2008-2010 and received an Associate Degree in General Education. From Long Beach, California, she was the first in her family to go to college.

During a year off of school, she worked for a well-known pitching coach at the Diane Lewis School of Softball and also was a volunteer softball coach at Compton College.

Teo then decided to further her softball collegiate career and education at Friends University of Central Kansas in Wichita, Kansas, and became a Falcon. During her senior year as a Falcon, she hit .328 and led the team from behind the plate to a 18-0 conference championship, 43-8 overall season record, KCAC Conference Tournament Champions, and 2013 ALL-KCAC Second Team. As a 5th year senior she became a three-sport athlete for Friends University and made the Women's Soccer team and ended her athletic career throwing shotput for Friends University Track and Field.

Graduating with a 3.0 and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, she has returned to Eastern Arizona College with hopes of impacting those with the same drive and passion for the sport of softball to make it to the next collegiate level.

She was hired as an assistant softball coach at Eastern Arizona College in Spring 2016.

 

Manager,
Renisha Te'o

 

Manager Renisha Te'o

Renisha Te'o is in her first year as EAC's team manager. She received her Associate Degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in arts, humanities and communications from the College of the Desert and is currently finishing her B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in media studies from Friends University. She is an athletic scholarship recipient from both universities and was also an art and academic scholarship recipient at Friends University.

Renisha hails from Cleveland, Ohio.