Lancers Softball Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Monica Tantlinger
Coach Phone: 626-585-7058
Coach E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Year at PCC: 3rd in 2016
Monica Tantlinger was hired in September, 2013 as only the sixth head coach in the history of the Pasadena City College softball program.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to be a head coach, and look forward to building the Lancers into a top South Coast Conference program," Tantlinger said upon being hired. "I understand the nature of being a player and coach at this level. There's a great history here that was created by a legendary coach in Sandi Iverson. One of my goals is to bring PCC back into postseason play."
Tantlinger nearly brought the Lancers into the postseason in her recently completed 2015 season. In just her second season in charge, she coached the greatest power hitting season in PCC softball history as the Lancers belted a school record 27 home runs in 38 games. Two of her players tied for the new PCC single-season record for home runs with 10 in freshman catcher Holly Riker-Sloan and sophomore second baseman Justine Zavala, who was later named PCC's Women's Athlete of the Year for the '14-15 sports season..
The Lancers had a brilliant 8-game winning streak to start the '15 season and the team finished 21-17 overall, the best record compiled by a PCC team since 2006. The Lancers scored 10 or more runs nine times, three of those in victories over eventual playoff teams in No. 4 seed Citrus, No. 7 seed Mt. San Antonio and No. 12 seed Fullerton. The team mercied perennial state power Mt. San Antonio, 14-4, on the road in a sign that PCC has earned respect within the South Coast and the region. The Lancers were a perfect 5-0 at the round-robin Glendale Tournament.
PCC placed fourth in the powerful SCC, the best finish by a Lancers team in conference in seven years. Riker-Sloan was chosen to the 3CFCA All-Southern California Team while Zavala and her were named All-South Coast Conference First Team. Freshman outfielder Mariah Quintana was an All-SCC Second Team selection. Honorable mention and fresman leftfielder Yecenia Cardenas finished third in the state in stolen bases with 34. The team was fourth in the state in total steals (108), seventh in triples (17), 11th in home runs, and 12th in drawing walks (124). Riker-Sloan was a State Player of the Week selection for March 9-15.
In her debut season of 2014, she directed a team that generated offense as PCC scored 10 or more runs eight times, including a season-high 20 v. LA Harbor. Tantlinger guided the progress of All-South Coast Conference catcher Allison Lacey, who was also a Southern California Player of the Week selection in March. Lacey earned a scholarship to Cal State Northridge.
It's the first head coaching job for Tantlinger after being an assistant coach in 2013 at East Los Angeles College. Her coaching resume includes extensive NCAA Division I experience as an assistant at Purdue University (2009-2012) and UC Riverside (2006-2009). She has 34 career coaching wins in just two years on the job.
Tantlinger was a California Community College student-athlete herself when she played as an All-Foothill Conference player at Antelope Valley College in 2002-2003. She went on to earn a scholarship to play at Cal State Fullerton and later was an undergraduate assistant coach for the Titans in 2005-2006.
Tantlinger earned a B.A. degree in communications at CS Fullerton and a master's in kinesiology at Texas College.