AC Press Release
Angelina College on Wednesday held a press conference announcing the hiring of Chrystal Vega, former head coach at Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kan., as the Lady Roadrunners' very first head softball coach.
The fledgling program, which has plans to hit the field in time for the 2008-2009 season, will have as its initial captain a young lady possessing impressive credentials. Vega's resume includes the following:
- 2007 Jayhawk East Conference Coach of the Year
- 2007 - Elected President of the Jayhawk Conference Softball Coaches
- 2007 - Had 13 of 16 players receive Academic All-American honors
- Had four players receive National Fastpitch Coaches Association Distinguished Academic All-American honors
- Coached three first-team and one second-team All-Conference players; coached one first-team and three second-team All-Region players
- Program had the second highest team GPA among the nation's junior colleges; Vega graduated 100% of her sophomore players
- Led Coffeyville to a third-place finish in the Jayhawk Conference - the team's highest finish in more than 10 years
Vega, who was given the option of holding off a full year before beginning play, opted instead to hit the ground running, anxious to bring women's college softball to East Texas fans.
"I'm very excited about this opportunity," Vega said. "I think this community has so much to offer, and I've gotten that just from talking to the people here.
"It's a coach's dream to start a program. You can put your own stamp on it and get things going the way you see fit. The challenge is definitely there, and I enjoy meeting new challenges."
As a player, Vega played high school softball in Denton before playing for the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she was a Mid-Continent First Team All-Conference Designated Hitter in 2000. In 2002, she was a member of the Kangaroo team that finished as regular-season conference champs and set the school record for most wins in the program's history. Vega's individual honors that season included a selection as a Mid-Continent Second-Team All-Conference Utility player.
Vega's first coaching opportunity came as a Graduate Assistant at Central Missouri State University, where her 2005 team received the highest GPA (3.86) in the nation for all levels of play.
"I know from experience in recruiting female athletes that any health career or medical-related fields of study are of major importance," Vega said. "Angelina College is a great school with a great curriculum in those areas, so I see those as positives in recruiting student/athletes."
AC athletic director Guy Davis said that kicking off the softball program, which has been in the planning stages for several years, will be an important event for a community that loves its softball.
"This is an exciting time for both Angelina College and the community," Davis said. "Chrystal is going to see just how great this community is and how supportive they can be.
"We're very glad to have her here."