Lancers Women's Softball Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Monica Tantlinger
Coach Phone: 626-585-7058
Coach E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Season: First at PCC in 2014
Monica Platts-Tantlinger was hired in September, 2013 as only the sixth head coach in the history of the Pasadena City College softball program. The part-time position will allow Platts-Tantlinger to make her Lancers' debut to begin the 2014 season in January.
It will be the first head coaching job for Platts-Tantlinger after being an assistant coach this past season at East Los Angeles College. Her coaching resume includes extensive Division I experience as an assistant at Purdue University (2009-2012) and UC Riverside (2006-2009).
Platts-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.
Platts-Tantlinger, who earned a B.A. degree in communications at CS Fullerton and a master's in kinesiology at Texas College, becomes just the sixth head coach in the history of PCC softball.
"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," Platts-Tantlinger said. "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."
Note: The coach will be referred to as "Monica Tantlinger" in all future references
RECENT PCC SOFTBALL HISTORY
The Lancers made a 6-win improvement in 2013 and won their most games, 15, since 2009.
The Lancers moved up a place in the South Coast Conference standings in sixth, going 7-14 in SCC play. PCC came very close to finishing in fifth place, but were twice snake-bitten against East Los Angeles in a pair of games that saw the Lancers lose as the Huskies rallied from behind despite being down to their last out in both contests. The program had only 12 conference victories combined in the previous three seasons. Another team highlight was PCC's fourth place finish at the Golden West Tournament.
PCC's offense proved to be one of the best hitting crews in a long time in softball with a .306 overall batting average. The Lancers scored 10 or more runs eight different times and mercied opponents by the 8-run rule (lead after five innings) in an impressive 10 victories. The team played well at its off-campus Robinson Park home field, going 10-8, including reeling off six straight wins to start the season at the diamond.
The Lancers were led by one of the SCC's best players in shortstop Katelyn Thordarson, a strong selection to the All-SCC First Team, and All-SCC Second Team choice in second baseman Audrey Serna.
In 2011, centerfielder Brittany Skoien became the first PCC player to make the All-South Coast Conference First Team since 2008. Skoien, the conference leader in on-base percentage at .588, is now at William Penn University (West Des Moines, Iowa). Third/first baseman Ilene Suleymanyan took her playing talents to Alcorn State University (in Mississippi).
Assistant Coach--Mary Geer, 21st season in 2014
Mary Geer continues the longest current tenure by an assistant coach of any women's sports team at Pasadena City College as she begins her 21st season in 2014. A true loyal Lancer, Geer played for retired Coach Sandi Iverson in the 1984-85 seasons and was the second baseman on a Lancer team that finished fifth in the state.
In her sophomore-playing season, Geer was honored with an Elizabeth Jensen Scholarship Award.
Geer has worked as an elementary school teacher for the past 25 years and served as the Success For All Reading Program facilitator for the West Covina Unified School District. She was honored as a California Teacher of the Year for 2002. Recently, Geer earned the state's PTA highest public service honor -- The Golden Oak Service Award.
Currently, she teaches second grade and also instructs fitness classes at East Los Angeles College.
Geer also coached girls’ basketball for five seasons at Bishop Amat High School and directed a league championship team.
In 2001, Geer was honored along with Coach Iverson and pitching coach Wayne Maxwell as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Community College Coaching Staff of the Year.
Retired PCC Coach Sandi Iverson
won 562 games in 27 seasons
PASADENA CITY COLLEGE
FASTPITCH SOFTBALL HISTORY
In 2011, Kim Maxwell and Chris Zboril became the first modern day Lancers softball players to be inducted into the PCC Sports Hall of Fame.
This year, Jennifer Fish, a two-time PCC Women's Athlete of the Year from 1998-2000, will be inducted into the 2013 HOF Class. A shortstop for the Lancers, Fish holds the career RBI mark in PCC softball history at 82.
Maxwell holds school records for most victories in a career and had consecutive 20--win seasons in 1990-91. She was named South Coast Conference and Southern California Region Pitcher of the Year. Zboril was a conference MVP in 1994 and went on to become an All-American slugger at Cal State Fullerton.
In 2009, PCC won the prestigious Golden West Tournament for the first time in school history, winning all five games at the 32nd year of the tourney.
The Lancers play in the state's most powerful league, the South Coast Conference, host of the CCCAA state champion in three straight seasons from 2007-2009
In 1990-91, the Lancers won back-to-back, South Coast Conference titles and were winners of a school-record 34 games in 1991 when it finished in fifth place at the state tournament. From 1991 thru 2001, the Lancers reached the regional playoffs every year.
In the 1980s, PCC won four Metropolitan Conference titles, including back-to-back in 1980-81 and 1985-86. All six conference championships were under the leadership of Sandi Iverson, who retired in 2006 after 27 seasons directing the program. Iverson was recently elected into the CCCFCA Hall of Fame and is one of the few coaches in the state with more than 500 victories in her career
MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS
1980--Dori Duff, Metropolitan Conf.
1982--Elise King, Metropolitan Conf.
1985--Roisin Courtney, Metro. Conf.
1986--Valerie Douglas, Metro. Conf.
1991--Kim Maxwell, South Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year
1992--Jami White, South Coast Conf.
1994--Chris Zboril, South Coast Conf.
1996--Gina Punaro, South Coast Conf.
1999--Kellie Labor, South Coast Conf.
2004--Sarah Sherman, South Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year
2005--Traci Trujillo, South Coast Conf.