Published or Revised September 15, 2014
Softball coach Angel Castro starts her first year in the role and her second year at PJC, after serving as a softball graduate assistant and physical education professor at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, N.M. There she handled recruiting, practice and game planning, managed athletic conditioning and academic progress of the softball team. She plans to finish her Master’s degree in physical education from ENMU next year.
Castro played softball for and got her bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. There she was a .360 hitter with 13 career homeruns and 64 RBIs, as well as achieving four semesters on the President’s List and three on the Dean’s List.
During her two years at Odessa College where she earned her associate’s degree, Castro was a .373 career hitter and starting shortstop, helping the college to a ninth place finish nationally.
Castro attended Haltom High School in Haltom City, Texas. Her parents, Raul and Joanne Castro, reside in Fort Worth.
PJC Assistant Softball Coach Kristine Samaniego is in her first year at PJC after serving as graduate assistant softball coach and Physical Education professor at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico from 2012 to 2014. It was there that she obtained her Master’s Degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Sport Administration.
Samaniego played softball for the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas. While there she earned the All-American Scholar Athlete Award, qualified for the President’s List (4.0 GPA), obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology with a minor in psychology in 2012. She also played with current PJC Head Softball Coach Angelica Castro.
Prior to Odessa, she played softball for the Tejanas of El Paso Community College, where she also earned her Associate’s Degree. She graduated from Chapin High School in El Paso, where she was made First Team All-District three times and as a senior hit .349 and received the Most Athletic Female Award.
Jack Butler (“Mr. Jack”) is a volunteer assistant with responsibilities that include field maintenance, and working with the outfield.
He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he played softball.
While in the military, he coached baseball and was recreation officer for the 16th Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division, “The Big Red One.”