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Softball Coach Profiles

Thomas Armstrong, Head Coach
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143-56 Career Record at College of the Desert
2014 Foothill Conference Coach of the Year
2012 Foothill Conference Coach of the Year
2015 Foothill Conference Champions
2014 Foothill Conference Champions
2013 Foothill Conference Champions
2012 Foothill Conference Champions
2014 Advanced to the Super Regionals
2013 Advanced to the Super Regionals
2014 Hosted 1st Round Regionals for 1st time school history
2013 Won 1st Round Regionals for 1st time in school history
2012 Reached the Play-offs for the 1st time since 2004
Thomas Armstrong completes his 5th season as Head Coach of the Roadrunners. Armstrong began his coaching career in the spring of 1997 with the Humboldt State University Lumberjack softball and football programs. Over the course of nearly 20 years Armstrong has led 4 different programs to Conference titles and play-off success.  Coach Armstrong previously completely turned around losing programs at Mayville State University in North Dakota and Dana College in Nebraska.  The native from San Diego has coached and taught at the Division II, NAIA, and Junior College levels in Nebraska, North Dakota, California, and Oregon.

Following an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Humboldt State University, Armstrong went on to complete two years as a graduate assistant at University of North Dakota. Armstrong also has a Master's Degree in Education from Western Oregon University.  

The Roadrunners won a total of 13 games in 3 seasons before Coach Armstrong arrived in the Desert.  In just 4 years the Desert Softball program has elevated themselves into one of the most dominant programs in the state.  24 players have received scholarships and transferred on to the 4 year level in just 4 years, an average of 6 players per season!

Devin Bennett, Assistant Coach

Ken Mason, Pitching Coach

Coach Ken takes pride in saying that his first softball coaching job was in 1977.  He will tell you he has watched the evolution of softball from a more genteel game to the hard hitting and fast pitching softball of today.  He comes to us after coaching stops at the high school, travel, and rec levels.  Ken has been married to his wife, Debbie, for 29 years.  His daughter, Kendra, a former college softball pitcher, is currently an Athletic Trainer for a local high school and his son, Kory, is a graduate from Minnesota State University where he played ice hockey.  






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