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Softball Coach Profiles

Thomas Armstrong, Head Coach
(619) 778-8114
126-37 Career Record at College of the Desert
2014 Foothill Conference Coach of the Year
2012 Foothill Conference Coach of the Year
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 4th 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, Minnesota, 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!

Ken Mason, Pitching Coach


Carmen Vargas, Catchers/Defense

         Carmen Vargas is the newest addition to the Roadrunner coaching staff, fresh off graduation from Minot State University.  Vargas was a 1st Team All-Foothill Conference catcher for the Roadrunners in 2010 and 2011, she is a member of Coach Armstrong's first team at College of the Desert.  Carmen moved on from COD in 2011 on full scholarship to Minot State University a division II power in North Dakota.  Vargas was a catcher on the two time Regional Play-off participants.  Vargas is currently finishing up her student teaching at Shadow Hills High School and is a graduate of Cathedral City High School.

Ric Fochtman, Recruiting Coordinator 

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