Carrie Calderon, Head Softball Coach
Assistant Community Recreation Director
Carrie’s first year as the women’s softball coach was in 1994. She was an assistant coach for two years before taking over the reigns of head softball coach. Carrie is a graduate of United Township High School in East Moline, Illinois. After high school, she attended Illinois Central College, and then transferred to St. Ambrose University competing in softball at both institutions.
This will be Carrie’s 23rd season, during her past season she achieved her 717th career win. Her career record is 717 wins and 282 losses. Carrie’s softball teams have won the Arrowhead Conference 16 of 22 seasons: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, and 2014. Her team has also competed in 19 Region IV Final Four Tournaments, and has won 9 Region IV Final Four tournaments to advance to 9 National (NJCAA) tournaments and placed 5th in the nation. Carrie has earned Coach of The Year in Region IV District 4 A (B) nine times: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014. She was inducted into the NJCAA Region IV 2007 Hall of Fame as a softball coach.
Melissa Markin ’95, Calla Brokaw ’97, Jessica Gibbs ’98, Denise Smutzer ’98, Sara Ebner ’00, Ashley Stover ’04, Amanda Hamerlink ’06, Sara Brokaw ’06, Jamie Mullarkey ’07, Erika Ensminger, Megan Reisenbigler, and Jessica Starkweather ’08, Michelle Richards, ’09, Hannah Frennell, Sarah Frenell, Samantha Fleming, and Jill Gibbs ’10, Christa Lopez and Ashley Schwenneker ’12, Jordan Marshall and Kassi Anderson in 2014. All have all earned NJCAA Athletic All- Academic American honors in softball.
Carrie has been her team’s academic advisor for 23 years. She emphasizes academics as the program’s first priority and it has shown by her team’s earning 23 consecutive
President’s Academic Awards and by having the highest team GPA of all sports at Black Hawk College.
NJCAA All-American Softball Athletes:
Ronnie Thornton ’96, Jennifer Ochs ’01, Alexis Pikuza ’03, Alexis Johnson ’03, Noelle Schriefer ’04, Kelsey Dykema ’05, Sara Brokaw ’05, Casey Coon ’06 & ’07, Carolyn Rogers ’08, Anna Copeland ’09 and Alissa Rohm ’09 & ’10, Jordan Kasbohm 2012, Brooke Posey and Kassi Anderson 2014.
In order to achieve our team and individual goals we have to develop a sense of maturity and respect among our team mates. We need to make every effort to be there when other teammates are in need, like a family. We need for everyone wanting to fulfill the commitment of hard work in the classroom, as well as on the field. If we can focus on the little things and continue to keep our traditions we will have a successful season and program. Our competition is always getting better and we need to rise to the occasion to improve our skills and our performance in the way we practice, play, attitude, drive, and passion to stay ahead of our competition.
Last updated 6/1/2016