Coaches

Carrie CalderoneCarrie Calderon
Head Coach
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 741 wins and 341 losses.

Team Achievements:

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.

Team Advisor:

Coach Calderon has been her team’s academic advisor for 26 years. She emphasizes academics as the program’s first priority, and it has shown by her teams earning 29 consecutive President’s Academic Awards and by having the highest team GPA of all sports at Black Hawk College.

Goals:

“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.”


Ashley FarmerAshley Farmer
Assistant Coach

Ashley Farmer joined the BHC softball staff in August 2019, serving as assistant defensive coach. A native of Moline, Coach Farmer graduated from Alleman High School in Rock Island where she was a three-sport athlete.

After high school, Farmer began her collegiate career at Black Hawk College playing for Coach Calderon. She achieved the Academic All-American Award. After two years at Black Hawk, Farmer continued her education at Ashford University. She graduated in 2014, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in art therapy.

Coach Farmer works at the Handicapped Development Center where she cares for individuals with special needs.


Alexis MisfeldtAlexis Misfeldt
Assistant Coach

Alexis Misfeldt joined the BHC softball staff in August 2019, working with pitchers and catchers. Coach Misfeldt is from Moline and graduated from Moline High School. While at Moline, she was a multi-sport athlete. During her four years of playing softball at MHS, she was a pitcher and a utility player. Her awards as a softball player included Pacesetter, All-Conference First team, All-State First Team and All-Metro First Team. She also played in the state championship tournament in 2000.

Misfeldt continued to play softball in college, playing two years for Coach Calderon at Black Hawk College. She received the All-American Award in 2002 and also competed in a national tournament.

In 2003, she transferred to MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL, where she played softball for two more years. Misfeldt earned a bachelor’s degree in educational studies concentrated in physical education with a minor in special education and a minor in early childhood. Awards she received at MacMurray included the Jerry Lace Award for outstanding achievements as a senior physical education major and varsity letter winner.

Misfeldt stayed in Jacksonville where she was a physical education teacher for grades K-8 at Our Saviour Grade School and was given the opportunity to become the assistant varsity coach at Routt Catholic High School in 2006-07. In 2008, she moved to Springfield, IL, to be an early childhood teacher at Memorial Child Care. In 2012, she moved back to the Quad Cities, where she currently resides, to be with her family and friends.


Taylor Altemeier
Assistant Coach

Taylor Altemeier joined BHC softball staff in August 2019, serving as a assistant defensive coach. Altemeier graduated from Bettendorf High School in Bettendorf, IA. Altemeier’s focus in high school was softball.

After high school, Altemeier began her collegiate career at Black Hawk College, playing for coach Carrie Calderon, starting in Spring of 2016-2017.

After staying to complete her Associates degree at BHC, Taylor  went on to continue her education at Western Illinois University. Her major is communications and she is minoring in history and marketing. She will be graduating from Western Illinois in Spring of 202-0.

Altemeier is currently employed at Hollister at NorthPark Mall, where she holds the role of Assistant Manager of the store.