Gina Oaks Garcia, the seventh coach in CMS softball history, enters her second year at the helm of the program during the 2019 season after leading the Athenas to a SCIAC title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament in her first season at the helm in 2018.
Oaks Garcia, a former All-American at Cal State Fullerton and member of U.S. and Venezuela National Teams, comes to the Athenas after assistant coaching stints at Loyola Marymount, Azusa Pacific, and Cal State Fullerton.
Oaks Garcia has played softball at some of the highest levels. During her four years at Cal State Fullerton, her list of accolades included four straight all-region recognitions, a pair of All-American nods, and three straight years as a First Team All-Big West player at multiple positions. In her senior season, she was also a finalist for the National Player of the Year Award. As a member of the Titans, Cal State Fullerton won four straight Big West Championships and made four appearances in the NCAA Regionals.
Outside of the collegiate ranks, Oaks Garcia’s playing resume includes time with the USA National Team during her college years and two years with Team Venezuela from 2012-2013. Following college, Oaks Garcia spent time in a number of professional leagues around the world, playing in the Australian Professional Softball League for the Western Flames, the Japanese Division A Professional Softball League for Club Honda, and the Italian Federation Softball League for Club Forli and Club Caserta.
While she was still playing on the field, Oaks Garcia was also beginning her coaching career. After stops as an assistant at Cal State Fullerton, Azusa Pacific, and Loyola Marymount, Oaks Garcia spent the last four years as the owner and coach of Go Getter Softball. The organization specializes in camps, clinics, and private coaching for high school girls. During her time at Go Getter Softball she has helped develop three USA National players.