WALNUT - Mt. San Antonio College Head Women's Softball Coach Ruby Rojas has accepted a position with Auburn University and will join the Tiger Staff of renowned head coach, Mickey Dean.
"This is an incredible opportunity to coach one of the top recruiting classes in the country, alongside a phenomenal coaching staff and in the toughest collegiate conference in the country," replied Rojas. "It is with sadness that I leave Mt. SAC. This is where I blossomed as a coach thanks to the incredible support of our administration and staff. Mt. SAC will forever be engraved into my heart."
Since taking over the program eight years ago from Kelly Ford (Head Coach at Cal State Fullerton), Rojas has led the Mounties to an overall record of 276 wins and 53 losses (.839 winning percentage). During that time, her teams have captured 2 state championships and 5 conference championships. Rojas' players have racked up numerous accolades which includes 13 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Americans, 3 3CFCA State Pitchers of the Year and one 3CFCA Player of the Year.
Rojas herself has been named the South Coast Conference (SCC) All-Sports Coach of the Year three times ('19, '18, '17) and SCC Softball Coach of the Year five times ('19, '18, '17, '16, '13). In 2019, she became only the 2nd coach in California Community College Softball history to win back-to-back softball titles and first coach to capture three-consecutive All-SCC Coach of the Year Honors.
"Ruby has been a special part of the Mt. SAC Athletics Program for nearly a decade," replied Mt. SAC Director of Athletics, Joe Jennum. "She has guided her program to the pinnacle of her sport on the field and in the classroom. Each year she has been at the helm of Mt. Softball, her work has contributed greatly to winning the past seven consecutive NATYCAA Cup Championships (state's premier overall athletics program). I wish her continued success at Auburn. They are getting a great individual and coach."
Rojas will look to help the Auburn program that is developing into an SEC powerhouse after the hiring of Coach Dean in September of 2017.
With a strong recommendation from Coach Rojas, Assistant Coach Alex Mascarenas has been named Interim Head Coach. Mascarenas has been with the softball program since 2016 and has been instrumental in the last two state championships. Last season, Mascarenas was named the Easton/NFCA California Community College Assistant Coach of the Year.
Click the link below to view Coach Rojas' biography.
(Mt. San Antonio College Athletics)