2018 Softball Coaches
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Christen Hardee-Thompson

Head Coach 2nd season

  • Alma Mater
    Humboldt State

Bio

Christen Hardee-Thompson returns as the head coach for Menlo Softball for her second season in 2018. During her first season, she led the Oaks to a 31-18 record, the most wins in a single-season in program history. This helped the Oaks clinch their second GSAC playoff berth in as many season, one of three Menlo programs to make the GSAC playoffs in its first two seasons. Several Oaks took home post-season awards under her tutelage, with four players making the All-GSAC team, five GSAC and Daktronics Scholar-Athletes, and one Cliff Hamlow Champion of Character award, the first in team history.

While at San Jose State prior to Menlo, Hardee-Thompson helped the team to a WAC championship in 2013 – its first in program history – and was a part of its 137-88 record during a four year span. She was twice named the SJSU Assistant Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012 and claimed Academic Assistant Coach of the Year honors in 2015.

Hardee-Thompson spent her playing career as an accomplished catcher at Humboldt State where she helped the team to a Division II National Championship in 1999. As a catcher for the Lumberjacks, she received all-region honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association in 2001 and would be inducted into the Humboldt State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.

A standout in the classroom as well, Hardee-Thompson graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2004 with a dual Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science and Geology with a minor in Watershed Management. She was a four-time NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete and a three-time Pac-West Academic All-Conference selection. Hardee-Thompson continued her education in Dec. 2014 when she earned a Masters in Kinesiology from Texas Women's University with National Fastpitch Coaches College graduating with a 4.0 GPA. Her previous professional and coaching experiences include: four years of teaching at both the high school and junior high level, a pair of seasons as an assistant softball coach at Delta College and College of the Redwoods and serving as an instructor at a number of camps and clinics.

 

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Casey Watt

Assistant Coach 1st season

Bio

Casey Watt joins Head Coach Christen Thompson's coaching staff in 2017 as a first year assistant coach. Watt played collegiately under Thompson at San Jose State where she was a three-year letter winner and a four-time Academic All-Conference honoree. Watt finished her career ranked ninth on the program's career on-base percentage list and eighth for single season stolen base percentage (.900). She made 52 starts as an outfielder in her senior season. 

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Emily Rogers

Assistant Coach 1st season

Bio

Emily Rogers finished her three-year career as a pitcher for the San Jose State Spartans in 2017 and joins Head Coach Christen Thompson's coaching staff for the 2017-18 season. Rogers was a two-time Academic All-Mount West member and made 34 career appearances in the circle for the Spartans. Rogers played her prep career at Corona High School where she was a four-year letter winner. 

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Karl Reyes

Head Performance Coach 2nd season