Fitness Center Supervisor
Assistant Community Recreation Director
Coach Calderon’s first year as the Braves head softball coach was 1994. She was an assistant coach for two years before taking over the reins as head coach. She graduated from United Township High School in East Moline, IL, attended Illinois Central College then transferred to St. Ambrose University, competing in softball at both institutions. Her BHC coaching career record is 732 wins and 317 losses.
Coach Calderon’s teams have won the Arrowhead Conference 16 of 23 seasons: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2014. Her team has also competed in 19 Region IV Final Four Tournaments, and has won nine Region IV Final Four tournaments to advance to nine National (NJCAA) tournaments and placed 5th in the nation. She 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.
Coach Calderon has been her team’s academic advisor for 25 years. She emphasizes academics as the program’s first priority and it has shown by her teams earning 27 consecutive President’s Academic Awards and by having the highest team GPA of all sports at Black Hawk College.
“In order to achieve our team and individual goals we have to develop a sense of maturity and respect among our teammates. 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.”