Greatness In The Shadows
Assistant coaches help elevate the Monarchs to softball superiority.
Though few outside of the softball team are familiar with assistant coaches Dave Govea, Lorena Arrequin and Erzy Perez, the Monarchs know that they are an important part of the dynamic that helps keep the softball team successful.
"We head coaches get our name thrown around a lot and though we set a plan, ultimately [the assistants] are how our plans get implemented," said Head Coach Frankie Garcia.
At 50, new assistant batting coach Dave Govea has 45 years of baseball experience. Govea was a first baseman in high school, then again for Cal State, Northridge where he graduated with a degree in kinesiology. Govea then coached at San Fernando High School and at Mission College during "the years they won." Govea also coaches a travel ball team on top of bringing his winning spirit to Valley.
"He has changed the program in a short amount of time; we're lucky to have him," said Arreguin.
Arreguin, a San Fernando Valley native, started playing softball at the age of eight; she continued her softball career by playing for San Fernando High School and later Valley. Now, after attending Abilene Christian University in Texas she has returned to give back to her former softball team.
"I like watching [the players] improve as players, students and people," said Arrequin. "They definitely grow while they're here, and it's great to watch the transformation."
Perez accredits her love of softball to Coach Garcia. Her first experience with softball was in 2009 when she played for the Monarchs, after being recruited by Coach Garcia while she pumped iron in the gym. Ezry is a full-time at Cal State University, Los Angeles, and though she has no car and does not get paid she is at Valley every day to help the players with their homework, study hall or mental conditioning.
"I like that I matured [and] became a better person here," said Perez. "I want to transfer what I got [from Valley] to the players."
Govea, Arrequin and Perez are fairly new to the Monarch softball coaching staff; however their combined experience, compassion and dedication are what make them "phenomenal" for Valley.
"The staff are a phenomenal group this year," said Garcia. "I would love to have them return."
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