Carrie Webber begins her fourth season as the head coach of Azusa Pacific softball. Webber became the sixth head coach in the programs history in June 2007 after serving in coaching capacities on nearly every possible level of play.
In 2010 as a third-year head coach, Webber led a young Cougar roster that featured 10 freshmen to a second consecutive 27-22 record, and a return trip to the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament, the NAIA’s premier athletic conference. Under her guidance, Azusa Pacific had a 19-7 home record in 2010 sweeping 7 of 13 home doubleheaders and earning at least a split in 5 of the remaining 6.
The successful 2010 campaign followed a 2009 season in which she led the Cougars to the first winning record since 2006, going 27-22 with a GSAC Tournament semifinal appearance. Azusa Pacific took eventual NAIA national champion Cal Baptist to10 innings in a narrow 3-2 season ending defeat.
In her first season at Azusa Pacific, Webber took a 2008 squad that had lost its entire outfield and middle infield from the season before, and fashioned a 21-26 team that tied for third in the GSAC. Her Cougars missed the postseason by just 1 game in the standings.
Prior to her arrival at Azusa Pacific, Webber served 7 years as the head and assistant coach on the international, junior college, and travel ball levels. She has also served as a high school assistant coach and worked with junior high softball players.
Webber spent 5 seasons (2003-07) as the head coach Santa Rosa (Calif.) Junior College where she fashioned an overall record of 116-93 (.553). She guided the Bear Cubs to 4 straight 20-win campaigns, which included a 29-10 record in 2004 when Santa Rosa won the Bay Valley West League title.
Prior to her tenure at Santa Rosa, Webber spent a season as an assistant coach at Butte Community College in Oroville, Calif., and another season as an assistant at Chico (Calif.) Union High School.
Webber has always viewed the game of softball as an outreach for a greater movement in society. For the past 6 summers she has coached softball with Competitive Edge International (CEI), an interdenominational Christian sports ministry that has worked primarily in the 10/40 window. In addition to her involvement with CEI, Webber spent 3 summers as a counselor for Kids Across America, an inner-city youth Christian sports camp.
A native of Sonora, Calif., Webber was a 4-year letterman at NCAA Division II Chico State University. As the Wildcats’ shortstop, she started all 201 games she played during her 4-year career, batting .262 in with 2 home runs. As a 2000 senior, she led the team with 11 doubles. She still ranks among Chico State’s all-time top ten in hits (168), doubles (28), RBIs (67), walks (51) and stolen bases (20).
Webber was a 2-sport standout at Sonora High School, earning 4 varsity letters each in softball and basketball, before graduating in 1995.
Webber graduated from Chico State in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. She earned her master’s in physical education from Chico State in 2002. She also serves as a full-time assistant professor in Azusa Pacific’s exercise and sport science department. She was a faculty member at Santa Rosa Junior College for 5 years and spent a semester on staff at Oroville (Calif.) Union High School.