EL CAJON, Calif.—The San Diego Christian College Athletic Department is pleased to announce that Cheryl Schaefer has been named head coach for the newly formed women's softball team. SDCC softball will compete in its inaugural season in 2013-2014.
"We are excited to have hired someone with success not only as a coach but also as an athlete who played professionally," said SDCC Athletic Director Chris Bando. "Coach Schaefer brings a wealth of experience to develop the newly formed SDCC softball program."
"More importantly, however, is Coach Schaefer's heart to disciple young women in their walk with the Lord."
Schaefer comes to SDCC as a highly decorated player and coach. As a player for cross-town Point Loma Nazarene University, Schaefer (playing under her maiden name Bolding) was a four-time first team all-GSAC player, a four-time NAIA All-American, a three-time GSAC Player of the Year winner, and a two-time NAIA Player of the Year.
"I am very excited about this coaching opportunity," said Schaefer. "I have been praying for God to direct my path and show me where He could best use my talents and I feel this job is where God was leading me. I was given so much as an athlete at Point Loma Nazarene University; love, encouragement, a chance to grow in my faith and a chance to strengthen my relationship with Jesus, and I very excited to be able to give that back and do those same things for my athletes at San Diego Christian College."
After her collegiate career, Schaefer continued on to play professional softball for the Arizona Heat in Tucson. While playing for the Heat, Schaefer was named an NPF All-Star.
Schaefer was also elected into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 2010.
As a coach, Schaefer was an assistant coach at Point Loma Nazarene from 2003-2009 and was named head coach for her alma mater in 2009. Recently, Schaefer was an assistant coach at San Diego City College.
During her time as an assistant and head coach, Schaefer led the Sea Lions to seven NAIA World Series appearances, including a runner-up finish for the National Championship in 2007.
"It is a dream come true to be able to build a program from the ground up," said Schaefer. "To be able to make it your own, start with a clean slate, and create your dream team is a wonderful opportunity."
In addition to Schaefer's impressive resume as a player and coach, she also focuses on the importance of ministry on the softball field.
"Being a disciple of Christ, is to follow Him, to imitate Him, carry on His ministry, and to be more like Him," added Schaefer. "This will be a big part of who we are as a team. Being a disciple is being a disciple maker. I want to focus on encouraging my team to grow in their discipleship to serve and obey Christ and also to create more disciples for Christ."
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