BULLDOG ASSISTANT COACH DANI BAIRD TABBED TO HEAD SKAGIT VALLEY SOFTBALL
Bellevue Community College coach Dani Baird has resigned as assistant softball coach to take a head coaching position at Skagit Valley College. Baird served as an assistant coach at BCC the past two years and helped guide the Bulldogs to a North Region title and their school best record of 42-6 this past season. She works in the Mount Vernon area and the Skagit Valley opening provided a good fit for her.
“I had a great time coaching at BCC and really enjoyed working with the players and coaching staff” stated Baird. “While I am sad to leave BCC I am excited for the opportunity to coach in my home town and look forward to the challenge of being the head coach at Skagit Valley.”
Baird played her collegiate softball from 2003-2006 for the University of Oregon, helping her team earn a berth to the NCAA Regional Tournament in 2003, 2004 and 2005. During her time at U.O., she was named First Team Pac-10 All-Academic in 2004, 2005 and 2006 as well as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Scholar Athlete all three years. In 2006, Danielle was voted to the Pac-10 Honorable Mention Team.
“We were very fortunate to have Dani a part of this program for the past two seasons. She was a great addition to the coaching staff,” said Head Coach Leah Francis. “Dani is a very good friend of mine and she will be missed. I understand her desire to coach in the community she lives and works and I believe she will do a great job there. With Skagit in our division, I am sure we will have some great battles with them in the years to come! I wish her nothing but the best and hope she can help turn Skagit Valley into an NWAACC contender!”
Francis also stated that a search for a coach to fill Baird’s spot on the Bulldog staff is currently underway.
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