Megan Valente is returning to College of the Redwoods to take over as the new head coach in softball, replacing long-time head coach Maggie White, who announced last month that she was stepping down after 25 years in charge.
Valente, who was officially hired this week, previously served as an assistant with the program for the 2019 and 2020 seasons and says she is looking forward to the return.
“I am excited to be back at College of the Redwoods,” she said. “COVID cut our 2020 season short and I always felt like I had unfinished business.
“I was gone for a year but those players I coached as freshmen are coming back for one final run. I am excited to come back and work with this talented group of athletes and make a run to win the GVC!”
The Colorado native spent the past year as head assistant coach at Adams State University in Colorado.
A Humboldt State graduate, she previously coached at Mercy High School in Red Bluff in 2017 and 2018, before joining White at CR.
“The CR Athletic department is extremely excited to welcome Megan back,” CR Athletics Director Bob Brown said. “During her last tenure she was able to establish a great rapport with all of our staff and players in the program, some of whom are still on the team and are very excited about her return.”
Valente will take over the program immediately and plans on meeting with the student athletes and new recruits over the next few weeks.
“I am confident Megan will embed herself in our local softball community and continue to build on the relationships she established when she worked for us as an assistant,” Brown said. “She’s ready and excited about this opportunity and has presented a clear plan and vision for the future of the program.”
Valente recently earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from HSU.
“I am pleased with the level of experience Coach Valente brings to our softball program,” CR President Keith Flamer said. “She has coached at multiple levels and understands our community. We look forward to Coach Valente doing great things for the softball program.”
White will continue to serve as a Health and Kinesiology instructor for the department and will mentor all student athletes in CR’s Cap & Gown program.