Softball Coach Profiles
90-29 Career Record at College of the Desert
2012 Foothill Conference Coach of the Year
2013 Foothill Conference Champions
2012 Foothill Conference Champions
2013 Advanced to the Super Regionals
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 3rd 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. Following graduate studies
in Kinesiology at the University of North Dakota and two years of assistant collegiate coaching duties at Mayville State University, Armstrong joined the College of the Desert Football coaching staff in 1999 as an assistant and adjunct faculty member in the Physical Education department.
In 2000 Armstrong returned to Mayville State University as the Head Women’s Softball coach and Offensive Coordinator with the football team. Since leaving COD in 2000, Coach Armstrong has served as the Head Women’s Softball Coach at Mayville State University and Dana College.
Coach Armstrong has a history of turning around struggling programs and has a proven track record with immediate success. Previously, both Mayville State University and Dana College Softball teams won less than 10 games in the season prior to Armstrong's arrival. Both programs won more than 20 games in Coach Armstrong's first season. 2011 was no exception; College of the Desert Softball finished the 2010 campaign at 5-20. Coach Armstrong's 1st season as the new head coach with the Roadrunners concluded with a 23-12 overall 2011 record.
and Accomplishments: Coach Armstrong received his Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Kinesiology from Humboldt State University in 1996. Armstrong participated on the Lumberjack football team and received the Bud Van Deren Award following his senior year. He was a member of the 1991 Palomar Junior College National Championship football team. Recently, he received his Master’s Degree in Education
from Western Oregon University. While completing his studies and teaching practicum Armstrong assisted the softball program at Pleasant Hill High School in Oregon. Coach Armstrong led the Dana College Vikings to a 37 win season with a 14-3 record in the National Sun West Tournament in 2002.
Harold Hicks, Hitting Instructor/Strength and Conditioning Coach
Coach Hicks enters his third season with the Desert Softball program. This premier hitting instructor has been assisting top players in the southeastern region for over 10 years. As the owner of So Cal Nationals Harold has been very instrumental in helping 100's of young ladies achieve greatness as well as being very instrumental with aiding these ladies with moving on to the collegiate level.
Art Lilly, Pitching Coach
Coach Art Lilly has over 30 years of experience teaching young athletes the game of softball. Coach Lilly is the owner and manager of the first class and well established Dynasty Organization based out of Riverside, CA. Over the years Lilly has developed, mentored, and assisted with 1,000's of young ball players. Many of these young ladies have moved on to achieve greatness at the four year level. Coach Lilly enters his 3rd season as the leader of the Roadrunner pitching staff.
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.