Cal Softball Fall/Winter Clinics
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Join Cal Softball Coach Diane Ninemire at the Cal Softball Fall and Winter Clinics and take your game to the next level before your season tryouts! The Cal Softball Winter Clinic will be held rain or shine. If need be, scrimmages will take place on the football stadium, but that will be determined on the day of the clinic. NOTE: No refunds or credits will be given for cancellations or missed days during camp for any reason.
Coach Diane Ninemire has continually taken the Golden Bears to new heights as one of the winningest and most successful softball programs in the nation. Take this opportunity to attend her fall and winter clinics and prepare yourself for your upcoming season!
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Camp Director Diane Ninemire
Since her first year in the dugout in 1988, Diane Ninemire has continually pushed Cal to new heights as one of the winning-est and most successful softball programs in the nation.View Diane Ninemire's Bio ⟩
In her nearly three decades at the helm of the Cal program, Ninemire has coached 18 players to All-America status for a total of 36 All-America honors and 95 All-Region honorees, plus 157 All-Pac-12 selections. In the classroom, Ninemire’s Bears have excelled at one of the most prestigious universities in the world, combining for four CoSIDA Academic All-America honors and 68 Pac-12 All-Academic selections.
From 1999-2005, Cal made seven consecutive trips to the College World Series with the Bears’ most recent appearances in Oklahoma City coming in 2012 and 2011. With a national championship, 12 Women’s College World Series trips and 26 straight (28 overall) NCAA postseason appearances to her credit, it is no wonder that Cal enters every season as a contender for the national title.
Cal’s most recent campaign ended with the program’s 28th appearance in the postseason under Ninemire, where the Bears saw action at the Tuscaloosa Regional hosted by Alabama. With a 33-24-1 record, the 2016 season concluded with another All-American in graduating pitcher Nisa Ontiveros, three All-Region honors and four all-conference nods.
2015 saw the Bears return to the postseason after one year away, finishing with a 39-18 record and a trip to the Ann Arbor regional. Along the way, Cheyenne Cordes collected a Cal record 76 RBI on her way to becoming a NFCA second team All-American.
And, 2015 brought another career milestone for Ninemire, with a 7-4 win over Arizona on March 14 representing the 1,200th victory in her coaching career. She enters the 2016 season as one of just 11 coaches with 1,200 career wins.
The 2014 Bears produced strong offensive numbers that saw Cordes lead Cal in nearly every offensive category. Along with Danielle Henderson and Kylie Reed, Cordes was an NFCA All-Region selection. Cal also earned eight All-Conference honors, while four Bears were recognized for their efforts in the classroom as Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention selections.
The Golden Bears punched their ticket to a 26th consecutive postseason in 2013, in a season that saw Jolene Henderson break Michele Granger’s career wins record and become the winningest Cal pitcher in program history (130 wins). The team lost to eventual WCWS participant Michigan at the Ann Arbor Regional, failing to advance to Super Regionals for only the second time since the Super Regional format was introduced in 2005. Henderson was named an All-American while Lindsey Ziegenhirt became Cal’s first CoSIDA Academic All-American since 2005, and the 2013 squad raked in an additional five All-Region, seven All-Pac-12 and three Pac-12 All-Academic honors.
Thanks to an 8-1 victory over then-No. 14/18 Oregon on April 20, 2012, Ninemire hit one of the most impressive milestones in coaching history - notching career win No. 1,100.
In 2012, Cal set program single-season records for most runs scored (422), RBI (376), homers (84), total bases (856), and the highest fielding percentage (.979). Not only did the 58 wins set a new team best, but they also topped the previous high of 56, which was set by the 2002 NCAA Title-winning team.
Cal opened the 2012 year on a 23-game winning streak before dropping its sole nonconference loss of the regular season to Hawaii in a 10-inning battle. The Bears won the inaugural Pac-12 title by going 21-3 in the most competitive softball conference in the country, winning every single series and sweeping five of the eight series. Cal claimed the No. 1 spot in at least one of the two national polls 13 times this season, finishing the campaigned third in both rankings. After winning the Berkeley Regional and Berkeley Super Regional, the Bears went 2-2 at the Women’s College World Series, in which they defeated LSU and Oregon but lost to eventual champion Alabama and eventual runner-up Oklahoma.
In 2011, the Golden Bears returned to the hallowed grounds of Oklahoma City for the 11th time in school history for the Women’s College World Series. They got there by notching Cal’s first-ever Super Regional series title over an SEC School - going 2-1 against host Kentucky. On the Regional level, the Bears breezed through the competition in Louisville.
After starting the 2011 campaign ranked 12th in the polls and slated to finish fourth in the Pac-10, Cal ended the year No. 5 in the country and second in the conference. Cal closed out the year at a 45-13 clip with an impressive 15-6 conference record to take second place, marking the best Pac-10 finish since 2005, when the Bears tied for first. The Bears won at least one game in each Pac-10 series and swept three schools - then-No.17 Oregon, Oregon State as well as then-No. 8 and defending national champion UCLA. For their stunning work in 2011, the National Fast Pitch Coaches’ Association lauded the Cal coaching staff as the Pacific Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
In the fall of 2011, Midland University honored Ninemire with induction into its Athletic Hall of Fame. Ninemire began her collegiate playing career at Midland in 1976, lettering in basketball and softball. Ninemire led Midland softball to a state championship in 1977.
Thanks to a 6-0 victory over Sacramento State on April 7, Ninemire became the ninth coach in the history of Division I softball to notch 1,000 wins. Already the winningest coach - male or female - in all of Cal history for any sport, Ninemire now has a career record of 1,059-509 after leading the Bears to the WCWS in 2011. She has accumulated the second-most wins in Pac-10 history (1,059).
In addition to posting their 37th consecutive winning record in 2010, the Bears finished 10-11 in the Pac-10 Conference to tie for fourth, which is the highest conference finish since 2005, when the Bears were third. The Bears were one of the seven Pac-10 teams to earn an at-large bid to the postseason, marking their 25th consecutive trip to NCAA tournament, which is the second-longest streak in the nation. Cal shut out the competition at the Columbus Regional, icing Bucknell, Kentucky and Ohio State to win its fifth Regional title since the format was adopted in 2005, before falling to No. 6-seeded Georgia in Athens, Ga.
In 2009, Ninemire set another career milestone, joining the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame class that year. Ninemire, who joined Frank Cheek of Humboldt State and Bill Edwards of Hofstra, was inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame on Friday, Dec. 11 2009, at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.
Ninemire helped make Golden Bear history in 2002 when she directed Cal to its first NCAA Championship at the WCWS with a 6-0 win over Arizona, marking the first women’s title in Cal athletic program history. The 2002 team set a school record for wins (56), while Jocelyn Forest claimed the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player honor, and Ninemire was chosen as the NFCA National Coach of the Year. Cal became the first Pac-10 team other than UCLA and Arizona to ever win the softball national title. In the circle, Forest went undefeated in Cal’s postseason run and completed the WCWS with a 4-0 record, 0.50 earned run average and 33 strikeouts in 28.0 innings.
Ninemire has enjoyed plenty of other memorable moments along her career path. In 2005, Cal won a share of the Pac-10 title (a first for a Ninemire squad) and advanced to its seventh consecutive WCWS. The 2004 version of the Bears was one of Ninemire’s most successful and most decorated groups, as four All-Americans and eight All-Pac-10 selections helped drive Cal to its third consecutive WCWS championship game appearance. That same year, her winning reputation was recognized internationally when she was named as an assistant coach to the inaugural Greek Olympic softball team. Two of Ninemire’s former players - Michele Granger and Gillian Boxx - were four-time All-Americans and helped the United States win a gold medal as members of the 1996 Olympic Team in Atlanta. Former California Golden Bear Vicky Galindo, who Ninemire coached, was the most recent Cal softball player named to the 2008 15-member Olympic Team roster. In 2001, Cal began the season 32-0 before finishing fifth at the WCWS.
Prior to becoming head coach, Ninemire served as an assistant for five years at Cal under Donna Terry. Together, the tandem led the Bears to three appearances in the NCAA Tournament, a third-place finish at the 1986 WCWS and the inaugural Pac-10 championship in 1987.
Along with her coaching duties, Ninemire is a member of the NCAA Pacific Region Advisory Committee and a former chair of the All-American Selection Committee.
Ninemire began her collegiate playing career at Midland Lutheran College (Fremont, Neb.), leading the team to a state championship as a freshman. After one season, she transferred to Nebraska-Omaha, where she played on both the softball and basketball teams for three years. A shortstop and left fielder, Ninemire helped UNO win the 1978 championship and make three appearances in the College World Series.
Ninemire graduated from UNO in 1980 and completed her master’s degree in physical education at Texas Woman’s University in 1987. She began her coaching career at TWU in 1980 as Terry’s assistant before heading west to assist Terry and the Golden Bear program in 1983.
Diane Ninemire By the Numbers
29 years as head coach
1,250-606-1 career record (as of Aug. 1, 2016)
.673 winning percentage (as of Aug. 1, 2015)
37 All-America selections (19 All-Americans)
157 All-Conference selections
4 Academic All-America selections
68 Conference All-Academic Selections
95 All-Region selections
Two Conference Coach of the Year honors
One national title
Two conference titles
28 winning seasons
28 years in the postseason
12 trips to the Women’s College World Series
Three WCWS title game appearances
Diane Ninemire Coaching Honors
2012 Easton Team of the Year
2012 Pac-12 Coach of the Year
2011 NFCA Pacific Region Coaching Staff of the Year
2011 Midland University Athletic Hall of Fame Induction
2009 NFCA Hall of Fame Induction
2002 NFCA Coaching Staff of the Year
1991 Pac-10 Coach of the Year
Assistant Coach Mandy Santos
Mandy Santos joined the Golden Bears in the fall of 2013 as the team’s volunteer assistant coach. With a former competitive fastpitch player for a father, Santos was practically born with aView Mandy Santos's Bio ⟩
Mandy Santos joined the Golden Bears in the fall of 2013 as the team’s volunteer assistant coach.
With a former competitive fastpitch player for a father, Santos was practically born with a softball in her hand. She began playing at five years old, and played competitively through high school as a shortstop and catcher until an injury sidelined her from the game and ended her hopes of pursuing a collegiate softball career.
From 1992 to 2011 Santos enjoyed a successful corporate career where she worked in a number of management positions and oversaw staffing and resources in fields including project and client management, reverse logistics, distribution and service operations.
Despite her prosperous corporate career, Santos always felt that something was missing. In 2004, she formally joined the coaching staff of her alma mater – Archbishop Mitty High School. She attended her first Women’s College World Series in 2008 as a spectator and from then on set her sights on a second career as a coach.
Santos left her corporate career in 2011 to join the staff at Presentation High School in San Jose, where she served as Assistant Athletic Director and head varsity softball coach. She managed 11 sports across 25 teams, and oversaw booster activities and concessions plus coaching staff evaluation. Throughout this time, Santos assisted California head coach Diane Ninemire during summer camps and clinics and helped 12 of her high school athletes, including former Oklahoma standout Keilani Ricketts, to NCAA Division I programs.
Santos is currently pursuing a degree with the University of Phoenix.
Coach Tammy Lohmann
Tammy Lohmann enters her 13th season with the California softball program in 2018.View Tammy Lohmann's Bio ⟩
Under Lohmann’s tutelage, Cal student-athletes have garnered 71 all-conference selections and 11 All-America selections. In 10 of her 11 seasons, Lohmann helped guide the Bears into the postseason, producing six super regional and two Women’s College World Series appearances over that span.
In 2015, Lohmann helped guide a Cal offense that set a school record for team batting average, finishing the season at .334. Cheyenne Cordes set a school record for RBI in a single season with 76 while Jazmyn Jackson ranked second all-time in single season batting average at .446. The Bears landed five players on the Pac-12 All-Conference team and six players were named to the Pac-12 All-Academic team.
With Lohmann’s supervision, the 2014 Bears produced strong offensive numbers that saw Cordes lead Cal in nearly every offensive category. Along with Danielle Henderson and Kylie Reed, Cordes was an NFCA All-Region selection. Cal also earned eight All-Conference honors, while four Bears were recognized for their efforts in the classroom as Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention selections.
In 2013, Lohmann helped Cal punched its 26th straight ticket to the postseason, where the team lost to eventual WCWS participant Michigan at the Ann Arbor Regional, failing to advance to Super Regionals for only the second time since the Super Regional format was introduced in 2005. The successful 2013 squad combined for one All-America, one CoSIDA Academic All-America, five All-Region, seven All-Pac-12 and three Pac-12 All-Academic honors.
The 2012 season saw Lohmann and the Bears set program single-season records for most runs scored (422), RBI (376), homers (84), total bases (856) and the highest fielding percentage (.979). Not only do the 58 wins achieved in 2012 set a new team best, but they also top the previous high of 56, which was set by the 2002 NCAA Title-winning team. The Bears won the inaugural Pac-12 title by posting a 21-3 conference record. In 13 of the 2012 season's weeks, Cal was ranked first in at least one national poll and finished the year ranked third after tying ASU for bronze in the Women's College World Series.
In 2011, the Golden Bears returned to the hallowed grounds of Oklahoma City for the 11th time in school history for the Women's College World Series. They got there by notching Cal's first-ever Super Regional series title over an SEC School - going 2-1 against host Kentucky. After starting the 2011 campaign ranked 12th in the polls and slated to finish fourth in the Pac-10, Cal ended the year No. 5 in the country and second in the conference. Cal closed out the year at a 45-13 clip with an impressive 15-6 conference record to take second place, marking the best Pac-10 finish since 2005, when the Bears tied for first. For their stunning work in 2011, the National Fast Pitch Coaches' Association lauded the Cal coaching staff as the Pacific Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
During the 2010 campaign, Lohmann helped direct the Bears to their best Pac-10 Conference finish since 2005 with a 10-11 record in conference play to tie for fourth. Additionally, the Bears were one of the seven Pac-10 teams to earn an at-large bid to the postseason, and shut out the Columbus Regional, sweeping through the three opponents, before falling in Super Regional play to No. 6-seeded Georgia.
In 2009, thanks to Lohmann's assistance in the development of the Cal hitters, the Golden Bears produced team records in home runs (49) and runs (322) in 2007, and RBI (279) in 2008 and broke their home-run record with 55 round-trippers in 2009.
Prior to her arrival in the Bay Area in 2006, Lohmann was an assistant coach at Wisconsin, helping guide the Badgers to a NCAA Regional appearance in 2005. She coached numerous All-Big Ten conference and regional players with the Badgers. Wisconsin hitters posted a record-breaking offensive season in 2005, setting multiple school records.
As a player, Lohmann was a two-time all-conference selection at Arizona State and was team captain for the 1997 season. She was the ASU Freshman of the Year in 1993 and is on ASU's single-season and career record charts in hits, doubles, and stolen bases.
During the summer of 1998, Lohmann was a pitcher and a shortstop for the Arizona Peppers in the Ladies Professional Baseball League. She played the same positions during the 1998 USA Women's Baseball National Tournament, helping the Arizona Angels to a runner-up finish. In 1999, Lohmann played in the Women's Professional Softball League as a member of the North Carolina Diamonds.
She earned her master's degree in human service administration from Bradley in December 2002. Lohmann is also a one-star master coach with the National Fastpitch Coaches College. She was selected as one of 25 coaches to attend the NCAA Women's Coaches Academic Dimension I in Denver, and again for Dimension II in Indianapolis. The Cal Athletic Department recognized her as a Shining Star in January 2009.
Tammy Lohmann By the Numbers (Cal Only)
11 All-American selections
34 All-Region certificates
71 All-Conference selections
2 Conference Pitchers of the Year
1 Conference Player of the Year
27 Academic All-Conference certificates
Two Academic All-Americans
Nine winning seasons
10 trips to the postseason
Two trips to the Women's College World Series
Tammy Lohmann Honors (Cal Only)
2012 Easton Team of the Year
2011 NFCA Pacific Region Coaching Staff of the Year
Coach Chuck D'Arcy
Renowned softball pitcher and coach Chuck D’Arcy joined the Bears in July of 2014 following a successful four-year tenure in Tempe in which he helped the Sun Devils to one national championshipView Chuck D'Arcy's Bio ⟩
Renowned softball pitcher and coach Chuck D’Arcy joined the Bears in July of 2014 following a successful four-year tenure in Tempe in which he helped the Sun Devils to one national championship and three consecutive Women’s College World Series berths.
D'Arcy marked his second season on the Cal staff in 2016 and guided a five-pitcher staff to a 2.98 team ERA that was nearly a full run lower than the previous season. Senior Nisa Ontiverosflourished under D'Arcy's tutelage, ending the regular season with a 1.91 ERA that made her the only pitcher in the conference to finish under 2.00. Ontiveros earned first team All-Pac-12 honors as well as a spot on the NFCA All-Region team and was named espnW National Player of the Week for a tremendous week in which she went 4-0 with 48 strikeouts against UC Davis and Stanford.
In his first season in Berkeley in 2015, the Bears compiled a 39-18 record and reached a NCAA Regional in Michigan. Cal's quartet of pitchers -- Katie Sutherland-Finch, Stephanie Trzcinski, Nisa Ontiveros and Kristin Cullen -- compiled a 3.95 ERA while with seven shutouts. Sutherland-Finch earned Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honors twice and went 19-11 in 41 appearances under D'Arcy's tutelage.
Under D’Arcy’s direction, Dallas Escobedo developed into a three-time NFCA All-American who led ASU to the Women’s College World Series as a freshman. Alongside Pac-12 standout Mackenzie Popescue, the duo became one of the nation’s top pitching tandems, combining for a 162-40 record. Each finished their senior seasons in the top 10 in the conference for earned run average.
Before joining the Sun Devils, D’Arcy coached or played at nearly every level for USA Softball’s men’s and women’s teams. He oversaw the pitching staff of the silver medal-winning U.S. Women’s National Team at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He joined the national team staff in 2005, also leading Team USA to gold medals at the World Cup in 2006 and 2007, the 2007 Pan American games and the International Softball Federation World Championships in 2006. He served as an assistant coach for the 2002 and 2003 USA Softball Junior Women’s National teams, winning gold at the Pan Am Championship in 2002 and silver at the ISF Junior World Championship in 2003.
As a pitcher, D'Arcy compiled nearly 1,100 victories, more than 10,000 strikeouts and 62 no-hitters while holding an 0.85 ERA over a 30-year career that spanned four decades. He participated in 21 ASA Men’s Major National Championships and six USOC Olympic Sports Festivals. He was voted team captain by his USA Men’s National Team teammates for the 1983 Pan Am Games. D’Arcy was inducted into the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame in 1997. D’Arcy was hailed as one of Sacramento’s “Greatest Athletes of the 20th Century” by the Sacramento Bee.
D’Arcy also remains a legal counsel and compliance officer, a job he has held since 2007, for Advanced Workplace Strategies, Inc., a major company dealing with drug testing and background checks. Aside from his athletic career, D'Arcy served as a prosecutor for 28 years with the Sacramento County District Attorney's office. In 2004, he was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger as Chief Assistant Inspector General to the State of California. He was named the 1997 Prosecutor of the Year for Sacramento County by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers and was Lincoln Law School’s Outstanding Professor of the Year in 1986.
Come join the fun and get better this off season at the Cal Softball Clinics! This off season, we are offering a fall and a winter clinic which Ninemire and her staff will be instructing.
Clinic will be held January 28, 2018.
Age Requirements: Please note that age restrictions are firm based on date of birth and graduation year. The Cal coaching staff reserves the right and will excuse any player without refund if their age has been misrepresented. Safety is of the upmost concern during this camp.
Camps are open to any and all entrants and only restricted by age and number of campers.Show Less See More Camp Details
Check-in starts at 9:15 a.m. at the main entrance of Levine Fricke Field. Instruction will run from 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Camp concludes at 3:30 p.m.
Elite Showcase Clinics (January 28, 2018)
AGES: Entering 7th through 12th grade
The Elite Showcase Clinic is designed to work with advanced softball athletes entering grades 7 through 12. The emphasis will be to prepare athletes for advanced level competition through individual skill development and game strategies in a competitive environment.
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Health/release forms will be emailed to all registered campers prior to camp. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected at check-in.
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus — envisioned as a "City of Learning" — was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.
Levine-Fricke Field, home of the 2002 NCAA champions, is the venue for Golden Bear softball on the University of California campus.Nestled at the base of Strawberry Canyon, the field sits high above the Berkeley campus overlooking the San Francisco Bay Area.Built in 1995, Levine-Fricke Field owns a seating capacity of 500, with all of the seats in close proximity to the field. The outfield fences stand 190 feet down the right and left field lines, while it is 220 feet to straight-away center.Cal softball began play in 1972 on Hearst Field in the center of campus. The Bears moved to Strawberry Field, just west of their current location, in the early 1980s and remained there until Levine-Fricke Field was constructed.
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