Megan Valente is entering her second season as the Head Softball Coach at College of the Redwoods. She was the Assistant Coach for two seasons and is happy to be back to Humboldt County and can not wait to teach her form of softball. "I coach to make the game fun for the players and remember that we play for the love of the game." Coach Valente
Originally from Colorado Springs, Colo., Megan was a 2006 graduate of Widefield High School where she was a four-year varsity tennis player and three-year varsity softball player. While at Widefield she played middle infield and was leadoff batter. Her junior year she helped her team make their first State Championship run in school history. She also played three years of competitive club softball with Colorado Springs Aqua Sox. Megan attended Otero Junior College on a softball scholarship. Two weeks before attending OJC at the USSA World Series she partly tore her hamstring. After rehabbing she did play second base her sophomore season but decided to hang up her cleats after that due to injuries.
Megan started coaching after college as a volunteer assistant for a club team in Colorado Springs and a men’s fast pitch team after moving to California. In 2017, she became Head Softball Coach at Mercy High School in Red Bluff, Calif. She took on a program that hadn’t had a winning season in years. Her first season they finished second in league with a 5-3 league record and a 6-6 record overall.
In the fall of 2017, Megan moved back to Colorado and became an assistant coach for Legend High School. Legend ended the season at 18-8 and won the Class 5A State Championship.
In spring 2018 Megan returned as head coach at Mercy High School. The Warriors became League Champions finishing 6-2 in league and 11-8 overall. They had their first playoff win in school history against Tulelake.
In fall 2019 Megan accepted her first college coaching position as the Assistant Coach at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, Calif. Her first season as an assistant she helped lead the team to a third place finish in the Golden Valley Conference. In Megan’s second season the team was off to a great start and just had their first league games when COVID-19 hit and the season had to be canceled.
Megan left CR for a season as she was the Assistant Softball Coach at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado.
Before coaching softball Megan worked as a Multi-Media Journalist at some of the top television stations in Colorado and California. In her free time, she still likes to produce videos and pictures for team social media pages. She also loves reality television and can tell you anything you want to know about any show on Bravo. As a huge animal lover she lives for her dog Mikey and her cat Petunia.
Megan graduated with her Associate of Arts Degree from Otero Junior College, a certificate in Broadcasting and a Bachelor’s Degree from Humboldt State University.