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1140 W. Mission Rd.
San Marcos, CA 92069
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Athletic Director:
John Woods

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Softball

Coaching Staff

Mark Eldridge

Head Coach

Lacey Craft Associate Head Coach
Melissa Lerno Pitching Coach
Ginalee Davis Assistant Coach
Don Johnson Assistant Coach
Carl Grubb Assistant Coach

Eldridge has 1,062 wins as Comets' coach

Mark Eldridge (left), who guided the Palomar softball team to 21 consecutive Pacific Coast Conference championships and three state titles from 1978 through 2006, returned as the Comets' head coach last season.

And the Comets, who had failed to win a conference title for the first time in almost a quarter century in 2008, responded by winning a conference title.

Eldridge, a three-sport athlete (football, baseball, track & field) at Palomar who went on to start at safety in football for Washington State, also was Palomar's head football coach in 1996 after serving as defensive coordinator.

He became the Comets' first softball coach in 1978, when his team tied for the championship in the old Mission Conference, and his teams won 1,040 games over the next 29 seasons. Including last season, his record as Palomar head coach is 1,062-291-6

Even more important than the victories and championships, Eldridge said he's proud of the 153 scholarship players he has sent on to play on scholarships at  the four-year college level. "That's the biggest reason we're here," Eldridge said. "The most important things are four-year college scholarships, preparing players for the next level, to graduate from college and to be successful in life."

Eldridge, who finished his college athletic career at Long Beach State, coached Palomar to state community college championships in 1989,1993 and 2000. He'd also guided the Comets to five second-place finishes in the state tournament, six third-place finishes and four fourth-place finishes.

Overall, his teams have won 27 conference championships in 30 years. Eldridge has produced 29 community college All-Americans. He's been named National Community College Coach of the Year twice and California Coach of the Year six times.

He is also the Comets' highly successful women's golf coach.

A year ago, after softball and golf championship seasons, he was selected as Pacific Coast Conference Women's Coach of the Year for all sports.

PALOMAR COLLEGE SOFTBALL UNDER MARK ELDRIDGE - YEAR-BY-YEAR

1978 – 14-5, Conference co-champions

1979 – 17-3, Second in conference

1980 – 24-5, Conference champions, third in regionals

1981 – 36-4, Conference champions, third in regionals

1982 – 26-8, Second in conference, fourth in regionals, 100th win

1983 – 25-10-1, Second in conference

1984 – 32-16, Conference champions, second in regionals

1985 – 26-19, Second in conference, 200th win

1986 – 34-12, Conference champions, second in regionals, second in State

1987– 40-9, Conference c-champions, third in regionals

1988 – 35-8-1, Conference champions, second in regionals, second in state, 300th win

1989 – 39-6-1, Conference champions, regional champions, State champions

1990 – 47-6, Conference champions, regional champions, second in State

1991 – 38-10, Conference champions, regional champions, fourth in State, 400th win

1992 – 42-9, Conference champions, regional champions, second in State

1993 – 50-3, Conference champions, regional champions, State champions, 500th win

1994 – 37-13-1, Conference champions, regional champions, fifth in State

1995 -- 36-7, Conference champions, regionals champions, seventh in State

1996 – 49-10, Conference champions, regional champions, third in State, 600th win

1997 – 44-15, Conference champions, regional champions, third in State

1998 – 38-7, Conference champions, regional champions, fourth in State, 700th win

1999 – 41-14, Conference champions, regional champions, fifth in State

2000 – 48-7-1, Conference champions, regional champions, State champions, 800th win

2001 – 37-9, Conference champions, regional champions, fourth in State

2002 – 48-8, Conference champions, regional champions, third in state, 900th win

2003 – 35-18, Conference champions, second in regionals

2004 – 25-12-1, Conferences champions, regional third round

2005 – 42-6, Conference champions, regional champions, second in State, 1,000th win

2006 – 35-13, Conference champions

2009 -- 22-19, Conference champions

Career record: 1,062-291-6

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Lacey Craft, Associate Head Coach

Lacey Craft, a former Palomar softball standout, completed her fourth season as an assistant coach for the Comets in 2009 and returns as Mark Eldridge's Assistant Head Coach.

Craft grew up in San Marcos and Valley Center, played shortstop at Valley Center  High School and starred at Palomar as a third baseman under Eldridge.

Craft was a starter on the NCAA Division I level at San Diego State.

Lacey has been a lifetime Comet, growing up around the Palomar athletic program and being a part of the Comets' softball program since she began attending games as an infant. Her dad is former Palomar and San Diego State Head Football Coach Tom Craft, who also was an assistant softball coach for the Comets. She's the sister of former UCLA starting quarterback Kevin Craft.

Lacey Craft is an adjunct professor in Health and Physical Education at Palomar

Don Johnson, Assistant Coach

Don Johnson, who played professionally in the Angels organization after an outstanding baseball career at Palomar, returns as a volunteer assistant coach for the Comets.

He's the brother of former Atlanta Braves Major League third baseman Randy Johnson, who also played baseball for Palomar.

Carl Grubb, Assistant Coach

Carl Grubb returns to Palomar, where he previously was a volunteer assistant coach, as volunteer hitting instructor.

Last season, Grubb was an assistant at the University of Georgia, which placed third in the College World Series.

 

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