Welcome to Cal Nuggets Softball.
Haley Woods has decided to connect all the dots of her softball career and form her own organization - the Cal Nuggets.
Woods spent her youth career as a West Bay Nugget and her collegiate career as a Cal Bear so when it came to naming her own organization.......Cal Nuggets seemed like the perfect fit.
The Cal Nuggets are a fastpitch softball organization modeled after the highly successful Nuggets of the 90's. We are based out of the Belmont, CA area in the San Francisco Bay Area. Former Cal Berkeley standout catcher, Haley Woods is at the helm and the Cal Nuggets are making an impact on the national fastpitch scene.
DANI KAZAKOFF (2016) COMMITS TO
UC SAN DIEGO
As I was told many times that the college process is unique for everyone, I finally understood it when I made my decision to go to UCSD. This was a very long process for me and my family but being where I am today I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. As time went on and most of my teammates were getting signed to schools, it definitely became a little nerve-racking and scary. We were encouraged since the beginning to trust the system and were promised that it would all work out in the end. They were spot on! I can honestly say UCSD is the perfect fit for me and I couldn’t be any happier with my decision. As I created my pro and con list, I quickly realized it couldn’t be more obvious that UCSD was where I was meant to be. I can’t stress enough how much I appreciate everything Haley, Jess, and Frank have done for me and all the support I have received from my Nuggets sisters. As amazing as it feels to have made my decision, the feeling is even more enhanced because of the support and excitment of all my teammates, their parents, my coaches, and my family. I'm so blessed to be a UCSD Triton!!!
LEILANI HUEY (2016) COMMITS TO
ST. MARY'S COLLEGE
Ever since I started playing at the age of 7, I knew I wanted to play softball in college. Once I stepped onto the St. Mary's campus, I knew it was the perfect size and fit for me. Going to a great academic school and playing for a great coaching staff is a dream come true. Without the support of my parents, all my coaches and teammates, I wouldn't be who I am now. I can't wait to become a Gael!!!
CAL NUGGETS 14U WIN THE
PGF PLATINUM NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!
Cal Nuggets 14u won the PGF Platinum National Championship and with this win they have earned a berth to the 14u
2016 PGF Premier National Championships
WATCH THE REPLAY ON YOUTUBE
FALL COACHING UPDATES:
Cal Nuggets president Haley Woods is excited to announce some changes for the Fall 2015 season. As the Nuggets move into our third full year, Haley is constantly searching for innovative ways to make the Nuggets stronger in every age group and for ways to maintain our environment where all players can grow, compete and succeed while finding their perfect college fit.
The Nuggets are thrilled to announce that Coach JEN CHAMBERLIN and Coach CASSIE MORALES will be leading our 18 Gold program beginning this fall. Jen comes to the Nuggets with eight years of experience as a NCAA Division 1 softball coach. Jen coached at The University of Pittsburgh, North Carolina State, Coastal Carolina, St. Mary's College, and Youngstown State. Jen had a very successful playing career at NC State and with the National Pro Fastpitch league. Jen brings a wealth of softball knowledge with her as well as many years of college softball connections. Cassie brings nine years of coaching experience and most recently led our Cal Nuggets 14u Gold team to the PGF Platinum National Championship. Cassie had an outstanding playing career at Syracuse University and has had a hugely successful coaching career. We are excited to see what these two can bring to our 18 Gold program.
Coach HALEY WOODS, Coach FRANK FANO and Coach GEORGE MARSHALL will continue to anchor our highly successful 16u program. Haley is going into her tenth season of coaching and has enjoyed much success as a coach at both the travel ball and collegiate level. George is going into his thirteenth year of coaching and has lead his teams to many National Tournament apprearances in his career. Frank has twenty years of coaching experience and has coached many successful teams during his career. Haley had a storied career as a Cal Bear playing in three College World Series and two National Championship games. Haley's elite level experience and unmatched connections to college coaches are what continue to separate her as one of the best coaches and recruiters in the country.
The Nuggets are extremely excited to announce that Coach ROBIN FLIER, Coach CASSIE MORALES and Coach KERI FRANKS will be heading up our tremendously successful 14u program. With college recruiting legitimately happening in the 14u age group, we are so fortunate that coaches with the recruiting experience of Robin, Cassie and Keri will be managing our 14u program. Robin has ten years of coaching experience, mainly at the 18 gold level and has helped hundreds of players find their dream school. Cassie recently led our 14u team to the PGF Platinum National Championship and Keri helped to lead our 16u team to a PGF Premier appearance. We can't wait to see what Robin, Cassie and Keri can do this fall to make our 14u program even stronger.
*14u team has a returning berth into PGF Premier Nationals for summer 2016
Coaches LECEE NORIEGA, ED FLORES, and JAIME NORIEGA will continue to lead our 12u program. These three coaches have over thirty years of combined coaching experience. The Cal Nuggets are so blessed to have coaches at the 12u level with so many years of experience, so much passion for teaching the game, and such an impressive coaching resume. These coaches have proven that they have what it takes to build and maintain a successful 12u program.
THE NUGGETS ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO A VERY SUCCESSFUL FALL SEASON!!!!
NUGGETS RECRUITING NEWS:
MAILEY MCLEMORE (2018)
COMMITS TO UC SANTA BARBARA
Playing college softball has always been a dream of mine and I couldn't picture making it a reality anywhere other than at UC Santa Barbara. As soon as I stepped foot onto the campus I knew it was the perfect fit for me. I am so excited to be able to join such a high academic and softball program. I wouldn't have been able to do this without the help of my family, especially my mom for being with me every step of the way, and my incredible coaches for pushing me and giving me so much support along the way. As well as my amazing teammates who were always there for me. I can't wait to become a Gaucho!!!!
CONGRATS MAI.........WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!!
RAGAN LACY (2016) COMMITS TO ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY
I started playing baseball (tee ball) when I was 4 and moved onto playing softball when I was 5. When I was 8 I already had the dream of playing college
As soon as I stepped foot on the Alabama State campus, I knew that my dream was finally coming true. I want to thank my friends and family, especially my mom and dad for pushing me to be better, my
high school coach, for believing in me when I needed it most, Haley and Jess for helping me find ASU and making me a better player. I can't wait to be a Hornet!
CONGRATS RAGAN. WE ARE SO HAPPY FOR YOU.
NICOLE MARINO (2016) COMMITS TO
UC SANTA BARBARA
When I was younger I never thought playing college softball could actually be a reality, let alone for a school like UC Santa Barbara. As soon as I stepped onto the field at my first camp back in 2013 I knew that that UCSB was the school I wanted to work tirelessly to get into. The impressive science program, beautiful beachside location, amazing coaching staff, and energetic atmosphere were the aspects that made UCSB stand out among all the other schools that I had visited. Without the guidance and support of my coaches Haley, Frank, and Jess, as well as my family, I would’ve never been able to achieve my goal. I am truly thankful for these people and blessed to be a future Gaucho.
CONGRATS COLE.......SO HAPPY YOUR DREAM IS COMING TRUE.
JACEY PHIPPS (2016) COMMITS TO
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
Ever since I started playing softball, I knew I wanted to play at a high collegiate level. And after attending two camps at San Jose State University, I knew it was the college for me. I love the coaches, the location, and the players. I am very grateful to everyone who has helped me achieve my goal and I can’t wait to be a Spartan!"
CONGRATS JACE. SO PROUD OF YOU.
2015 NUGGETS TEAM NEWS:
CONGRATS TO CAL NUGGETS 16U BLUE FOR QUALIFYING FOR PGF PREMIER NATIONALS:
CAL NUGGETS 16U BLUE PGF NATIONALS POOL PLAY SCHEDULE:
*all games played at HB Sports Complex Field 5
SUNDAY AUGUST 2
800am vs. Cal Cruisers AE
1130am vs. TX Firecrackers DFW
MONDAY AUGUST 3
800am vs. Beverly Bandits Team DeMarini
*Bracket games begin on Tuesday August 4
BRACKET SCHEDULE TBA
CONGRATS TO CAL NUGGETS 14U GOLD FOR QUALIFYING FOR PGF PLATINUM NATIONALS:
CAL NUGGETS 14U GOLD PGF NATIONALS POOL PLAY SCHEDULE:
*all games played at Bill Barber Park Field 1
SUNDAY AUGUST 2
320pm vs. So Cal Athletics
700pm vs. TX Stix
MONDAY AUGUST 3
1140am vs. Iowa Premier Black
*Bracket games begin on Tuesday August 4
BRACKET SCHEDULE TBA
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE
CAL NUGGETS 14U GOLD TEAM
FOR WINNING THE 14U BEST OF THE WEST
CAL NUGGETS CLASS OF 2015
CAL NUGGETS 1ST ANNUAL GOLD RUSH
WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!!!
THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE CAL NUGGETS PLAYERS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS WHO WERE THERE TO SUPPORT US AT THE 1ST ANNUAL GOLD RUSH EVENT.
THERE WERE SO MANY AMAZING PEOPLE WHO CHOSE TO TAKE TIME OUT OF THEIR BUSY LIFE TO HELP BEHIND THE SCENES IN THE PLANNING PROCESS, SET-UP AND OPERATION OF THE GOLD RUSH EVENT. WITHOUT THESE SPECIAL PEOPLE, THE GOLD RUSH WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN SUCH A HUGE SUCCESS.
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
KIM AND JON KONDO AND MFACTOR MEETINGS
ANDREA AND DAVE PARKS AND 3 PIGS BBQ
CAL NUGGETS WOODS WINS MONEY BALL TOURNAMENT
COLLEGE COMMITTMENTS CLASS OF 2015:
THE NUGGETS ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THAT KO KONDO HAS CHOSEN SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY TO CONTINUE HER EDUCATION AND SOFTBALL CAREER!!!
Here is what Ko has to say about her choice: "At the beginning of this process I had no idea where I was going to end up, but after exploring the east coast and looking at many schools I can't picture myself anywhere but Syracuse. I've always known that I wanted to play college ball so getting to go to a school with great academics and great softball is just awesome. I love the atmosphere at Syracuse and couldn't be happier that I'm going to become a part of that. I wouldn't have been able to do it without the help of my coaches because they continued to push me and give me support. I'm also so thankful for my family and teammates who have been by my side and helped me through the process."
WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU KO!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!
MADISON CRIMI-DEMICHELE (2015) COMMITS TO WHITIER COLLEGE
THE CAL NUGGETS ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT MADISON CRIMI-DEMICHELE HAS COMMITTED TO PLAY NEXT FALL AT WHITTIER COLLEGE.
Madison says: "I started playing baseball when I was 10 years old. I knew when I hit 5’2” I was done growing and the boys were already far ahead of me. I made the transition to softball when I was 13 and knew this was the game for me.
It took me four years to find Whittier, but only one fall season with the Nuggets for everything to fall in place. Haley and Jess have put so much time and effort into making it all possible, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them. Thank you to Robin and Smoke for my first season with the Nuggets, you’ve made it very memorable. Lastly, thank you mom and dad, you have supported me through it all. I finally found a school that has academically everything I’m looking for and amazing coaches. I look forward to being a Poet and I’m ready for what the next chapter has in store."
TRUE PARK (2015) COMMITS TO
ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY
MADDIE NASIR (2015) COMMITS TO
THE CAL NUGGETS ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT MADDIE NASIR (2015) HAS COMMITTED TO TO PLAY NEXT FALL AT DESALES UNIVERSITY IN CENTER VALLEY, PENNSYLVANIA. AFTER A LONG SEARCH, MADDIE HAS FOUND HER PERFECT FIT. CONGRATULATIONS MADDIE!!!
Maddie says "Growing up I had two main goals: to play ball at the collegiate level, and to pursue a career in the medical field. After all the early morning games and the late nights at the cages, I finally get the opportunity to live out my dream at a great institution. The moment I stepped on to the campus, I knew DeSales was the perfect fit for me. From the welcoming atmosphere around the campus, to the amazing academics offered, I can not imagine myself anywhere better. I owe this unbelievable opportunity to my family, who have always been my number 1 supporters, my amazing coaches who have pushed me to succeed, and all my teammates who have reminded me everyday why I still play this amazing sport. I am so thankful for this privilege and can't wait to live out my dream. Go Bulldogs!"
SHARONA MATAELE & CORENA GREGORIO
COMMIT TO HOLY NAMES UNIVERSITY
LINDSEY MIFSUD (2015) COMMITS TO
THE UNIVERSITY OF REDLANDS
THE CAL NUGGETS ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THAT LINDSEY MIFSUD HAS VERBALLY COMMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF REDLANDS.
LINDSEY RECEIVED A LOT OF INTEREST THIS PAST YEAR BUT WHEN SHE VISITED THE UNIVERSITY OF REDLANDS, SHE KNEW THAT SHE FOUND HER PERFECT MATCH.
LINDSEY SAYS "At the beginning of my recruiting process, I would have never guessed that I would be committed to the University of Redlands. It's a smaller school so I had never really heard about it before. Once I looked into the program, I realized that it was the perfect academic fit AND perfect softball fit. It has always been a dream to play college softball, and going to Redlands, I will be able to PLAY softball. I hope to make an impact on the program as a freshman. I'm so grateful for the support I've received over the years from my teammates, coaches, friends and family. Go Bulldogs!"
SARA HACK (2015) COMMITS TO HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY
It has been my dream to play college softball since I was nine years old. I'm thankful to all the coaches and teammates that have helped me along the way. I'm especially thankful to Haley Woods, Jess Mazeau and Frank Fano for all their support. I'm looking forward to living out my dream at Humboldt State. After meeting Coach Sarchett, the coaching staff and the players I knew that HSU was the place for me. I love the campus, the players, the coaching staff and the family atmosphere. I am excited to be a Jack and to become part of the HSU family.
Coach Haley Woods says:
"Sara is a student-athlete who has worked so hard to be able to play at the next level and her hard work paid off when she was offered a spot to play for her dream school, Humboldt. I know Sara will represent the Nuggets well in her career as a Jack!"
We are proud of you Sara…..you deserve it!!!!!
Tori Pierucci has made a verbal committment to play at CSU Monterey Bay. Tori is very excited for the opportunity to become a Monterey Bay Otter. CSU Monterey Bay plays in the highly competitive CCAA and always finishes near the top. Coach Haley Woods says "Tori is a great pitcher and a leader on the mound. I am so happy for her and I know that she will make an immediate impact on the Otter softball program."
2014 CAL NUGGETS TEAM NEWS:
16U WOODS EARNS PGF PREMIER BERTH
14u Morales Earns PGF Platinum Berth
14u Marshall Earns PGF Platinum Berth
GREAT WEEKEND FOR THE NUGGETS!!!
Both 14u Teams Qualify for ASA Nationals
14u Marshall and 14u Morales Earn ASA National Berths
NUGGETS 14U - RUNNER UP AT GRAPETTES MONEY BALL
NUGGETS 14U GRAPETTES FALL SURVIVOR CHAMPIONS!!!
GREAT DAY FOR THE NUGGETS!!!
BOTH NUGGETS 14U TEAMS IN GOLD BRACKET SEMI FINALS!!!!
NUGGETS 14U MARSHALL WENT 7-0 ON THE WEEKEND TO WIN THEIR SECOND STRAIGHT TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP. THEY HAVE WON 15 STRIAGHT GAMES AND FINISHED THEIR FALL SEASON WITH A RECORD OF 26-3. GREAT FALL SEASON CAL NUGGETS MARSHALL!!!
NUGGETS 14U BLUE ADVANCED TO THE SEMI FINALS OF THE GOLD BRACKET AND WERE ONE RUN AWAY FROM MAKING IT A NUGGETS VS. NUGGETS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. THEY WENT 4-1-1 ON THE WEEKEND AND HAVE HAD A GREAT FALL SEASON. CAL NUGGETS BLUE WILL FINISH THEIR FALL SEASON NEXT WEEKEND AT THE ASA TURKEY SHOOT/TOYS FOR TOTS TOURNAMENT IN ROSEVILLE. GOOD LUCK GIRLS!!!
NUGGETS 14U ASA HALLOWEEN BASH CHAMPIONS!!!
CAL NUGGETS 14U MARSHALL WENT 7-0 TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE 14U GOLD BRACKET AT THE ASA HALLOWEEN BASH IN ROSEVILLE.
VAL ARIOTO JOINS CAL NUGGETS COACHING STAFF
THE CAL NUGGETS ARE THRILLED TO WELCOME USA SOFTBALL PLAYER VAL ARIOTO TO OUR 14U COACHING STAFF. SHE WILL ALSO OVERSEE THE DEVELOPMENT OF ALL CAL NUGGETS PITCHERS.
Val brings with her a tremendous amount of experience and impressive credentials: USA National Team Member, Cal Bears 4 year starter, Lowe's Senior Class Award Winner, Pac-12 Player of the Year, NCAA All-American, Pac-12 First Team.
"I am so thrilled to have a player that I had the opportunity to coach want to give back to the game and join the Cal Nuggets family. Val is one of my most favorite players I have coached because of her work ethic, determination, and love for the game. Val has so much insight and wisdom to offer, I can not wait for her to get out on the field with our Cal Nuggets" - Haley Woods, Director and Founder of Cal Nuggets
NEWS: CAL NUGGETS WOODS NOR CAL ASA CHAMPIONS!!!!!
Cal Nuggets Woods went 5-0 on the weekend and brought home the 14u Nor Cal ASA Championship!!!! The 1st place finish earned the Cal Nuggets Woods team a berth in the USA/ASA National Championships in Normal, IL (July 28-August 4)
The weekend was a total team effort with all 14 players contributing to the 47 runs scored that led to the 5-0 record.
Cal Nuggets 12 - Lady Sharks Ray 4
Cal Nuggets 10 - Salinas Storm 2
Cal Nuggets 4 - Nor Cal Legends A. 3
Cal Nuggets 9 - Nor Cal Blast 8
Cal Nuggets 12 - LGSGSA Magic 7
What is it like to play for Haley Woods:
What do Haley's players say?
ANNIE ALDRETE "My experience playing for Haley and Jess was one I will never forget. Both of them are great role models and act as a mentor on and off the field. While we spent countless hours at practice and conditioning getting killed, all the hard work was worth our success throughout the seasons. Being a part of the team Haley and Jess created taught me more than just how to improve my skills. They taught me how to be independent, hardworking, how to compete, and most importantly, how to be a better person. I will always look up to Haley and Jess and I know even though I don't play for them anymore, they will always have an impact on my life."
ANNIE ALDRETE (UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE)
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