JoAnne Ferguson enters her 11th season as head softball coach for the Sagehens in 2017. Since her arrival at Pomona-Pitzer, Ferguson has successfully turned the program around, culminating in the winningest season in school history in 2012, when the Sagehens were 22-19 overall, 15-9 in the SCIAC and qualified for the conference tournament.
The 22 wins broke the previous high of 21, which was also set under Ferguson in 2008, when the Sagehens surpassed all expectations with a 21-19 record. The team went on to compete in the first ever post-season SCIAC tournament, where they upset top-seeded and nationally ranked University of Redlands in the first round 5-1. Ultimately, the squad finished third in the tournament.
The Sagehens have had five different players earn NFCA All-Region honors in the last six years under Ferguson's guidance, including Alexis Garcia, Alyssa Corley, Leah Bleichner, Ashley Morello, and Kelsey Buchanan.
During Ferguson’s reign at Pomona-Pitzer the team has posted a number of Academic All-Americans and has consistently ranked nationally in team GPA. In 2013, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association recognized the Sagehens with the second-highest team GPA in Division III, surpassing its previous high of fourth in 2011.
Prior to joining the Sagehens, Ferguson coached NCAA Division I at George Washington University for two years. In 2006, George Washington's fourth year of the program and Ferguson's second at the helm, she led the Colonials to a program-best record of 24-28 and a respectable win over in-town ACC rival University of Maryland.
Before her tenure at George Washington, Ferguson served as the head softball coach at Kenyon College, a Division III school in Gambier, Ohio, from 2000-04. During her tenure at Kenyon, the team posted a 17-15 mark in 2004, the squad's first winning season. For her efforts, Ferguson was named the 2004 North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
A native of Clarksburg, MD, Ferguson began her coaching career as an assistant at the University of Virginia from 1997-2000, while earning her master's degree in sport psychology. During that time she helped lead the Cavaliers to appearances in three consecutive ACC championship games.
As a player, Ferguson was a switch-hitting catcher and first baseman for Shippensburg University from 1992-1996. The Raiders posted a combined record of 103-67-1 during her four years on the squad. Ferguson finished her career with a .275 batting average and was an All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) performer. She was also the team's captain during her senior campaign.
Ferguson graduated from Shippensburg in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in coaching.
|Title:||Assistant Softball Coach|
|Previous College:||B.A., Oklahoma|
Lynette Velazquez completed her first season as an assistant coach with the Pomona-Pitzer Softball team in 2015, where she serves as a hitting coach.
Velazquez had an impressive collegiate career at the University of Oklahoma under legendary head coach Patty Gasso. Velazquez set the school's home record in 1999 as a senior, until it was finally broken in 2010.
A Division I All-American selection, Velazquez was named the Big 12 Player of the Year in 1999, when she had an .808 slugging percentage. She also had a career fielding percentage of .991 in her four seasons.
Velazquez earned her bachelor's degree in communications from Oklahoma in 1999.
|Previous College:||B.S. Cal State Dominguez Hills|
Jazmyne Cortinas enters her first season as a member of the Pomona-Pitzer Softball staff.
Cortinas brings a wealth of collegiate playing experience to the Sagehen Softball program. At Cal State Dominguez Hills, she started 50 of 51 games behind the plate for the Toros and led the team with 10 home runs and 33 runs scored during the 2015 season.
Prior to joining the Toros, Cortinas appeared in 48 games with 41 starts for Utah Valley University where she notched with 17 RBI and four home runs for the Wolverines.
On the coaching side, Cortinas was most recently a member of the Cypress High School softball staff for the 2017 season. She also coached travel ball with the Jets Gold softball team from 2015-17 and the USA Athletics this past season.
Cortinas graduated from Cal State Dominguez Hills with a B.S. in Health Science, Health Care Management.