Published or Revised September 29, 2014
Coach Angel Castro is in her first year as head softball coach at PJC, her second with the team. Last season she was able to help move six of the seven graduating sophomores on to Division I and II universities to continue their playing careers. She also helped the team to a second place finish in the NJCAA Region XIV East Conference.
Prior to working at PJC, Coach Castro was the graduate assistant softball coach at Eastern New Mexico State University, where she earned her Master of Science in Physical Education and Sports Administration. While playing for the University of Texas-Permian Basin she helped the Falcons make two tournament appearances, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Before that, while playing for Odessa College, she helped the team to an eighth place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament.
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.