San Mateo College Softball Coaches Win National Fastpitch Coaches Association National Coaching of the Year Honor Cal JC | Local
If you’re looking for perfection, the 2021 San Mateo Bulldogs College was the softball team for you.
Nicole Quigley-Borg, CSM’s head coach for the past 15 years, has led the Lady Bulldogs to a perfect 27-0 record this season. And now she and the CSM coaching staff have been nationally recognized, being named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Cal JC National Coach of the Year.
Quigley-Borg has equipped four assistant coaches this season: Dale Bassmann, Toby Garza, Matt Griminger and Shelly Alifano. And the Bulldogs have already added two new coaches for the 2022 season, former CSM Lauren Quirke and Allie Stines.
“They really care about who comes into our program,” Stines said of what makes the WSC coaching staff great, “and really care about where we need to go, be it the life or whatever. “
The CSM is on a streak of seven consecutive appearances in the California Community College Athletic Association State Championships, a legacy that Stines and Quirke – both recognized as NFCA All-Americans – were a part of in 2017 and 2018.
The Bulldogs are still chasing the program’s first state title.
“They’re looking for a much bigger purpose and mission, which is to get a state championship,” Stines said. “And they won’t be satisfied until they’re out there.”
While the CCCAA have not held a playoffs for the past two years due to the coronavirus pandemic, Stines and Quirke had the opportunity to share their championship with Quigley-Borg in 2021 as both players were centerpieces as transfers to Southern Oregon University, NAIA National Champions of the Year.
Quigley-Borg made the trip to Columbus, Georgia to surprise his former players during the tournament. Five CSM transfers played in the NAIA Championship round, including South Oregon junior Riley Donovan and Oregon Tech juniors Aubrie Businger and Mackenzie Driscoll. And with the winner’s final on June 2 kicking off the extra heats, it was Donovan who hit the home run in the lead of the ninth in the decisive 7-5 victory.
“For her, just getting what you paid for was worth it,” Stines said. “I’m glad we managed to do it for her.”
Former assistant coach of the great Tom Martinez in 2004 and 2005, Quigley-Borg returned to the program the following year and recorded a winning percentage of 0.797 in 15 seasons. And on May 1, in a 5-1 victory at Modesto Junior College, she recorded her 500th career victory.
Beyond the numbers, Quigley-Borg’s passion for the game is the foundation of his winning tradition, said two-time All-American Stines, who recalled a rare hitting-free game during his career. career at CSM. Going 0 for 4 at Ohlone College in sophomore on April 24, 2018, the .465 career hitter had a hit stolen by left fielder Selena Gomez.
Stines said she was so angry going up the first baseline that she couldn’t help but voice her frustrations – until Quigley-Borg used a little coaching vibrato to encourage her to put his face back on the game.
“She screamed so loud I swear the tears were about to come back to my head,” Stines said.
Supporting competitive players is one aspect of Quigley-Borg’s coaching personality. But there’s a reason former players like Quirke and Stines can still come home to the Bulldogs family.
“Anytime you could get a ‘good job’ from her, you knew it was genuine,” Stines said. “And it was hard to find. … She demanded excellence of us every day, and we were never there yet. There was just work to be done every day. It all came from a place of benevolence and a desire to improve ourselves… and to continue to improve. So you knew when you got it, it was really special.