Published or Revised March 11, 2016
Coach Angel Castro is entering her second year as the head coach of the Lady Dragon’s Softball team. After spending one year as the assistant softball coach, she was promoted to the head coaching position in May 2015.
As an assistant and head coach, Castro has been able to assist 15 players move on to play softball at the university level and helped guide 14 student-athletes to either earn their Associates degree from Paris Junior College or successfully transfer to the four-year university level.
In her first season as head coach, Castro led the Lady Dragons to the NJCAA Region XIV Region Tournament, while transitioning the program through its third head coach in as many seasons. Angel has a passion for seeing young ladies grow, excel and achieve all of their goals and watching them become the best versions of themselves. It is an honor and privilege for her to be able to help mold and counsel these young ladies into the world changers of tomorrow.
During Coach Castro’s playing career she started every game for the Odessa College Wranglers at short-stop in 2008, helping lead that team to a National tournament appearance and top-10 finish while earning an associates degree. She next played for the University of Texas-Permian Basin Falcons, where she again would hold down the starting short-stop position both her Junior and Senior year, both years qualifying for the Heartland conference tournament. After receiving her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, she earned a graduate assistant position for the Eastern New Mexico University softball program and began working towards her Master’s degree, as well as picking up valuable coaching experience over those next two years. Coach Castro received her Master’s degree in Physical Education in May 2014.
Coach Angel Castro has a passion for God, education, young adults and her family. She is the proud daughter of Raul and Joanne Castro and sister of a younger brother, Jaycob Castro.
PJC Assistant Softball Coach Kristine Samaniego is in her second year at PJC. Prior to that she served 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.