Why play Cal Nuggets Softball?
- WE PLAY IN THE BEST TOURNAMENTS, ON GREAT FIELDS, WITH THE BEST COLLEGE EXPOSURE.
- OUR COACHES HAVE ESTABLISHED RELATIONSHIPS WITH COLLEGE COACHES BASED ON YEARS OF SENDING PLAYERS TO QUALITY PROGRAMS.
- OUR 14U TEAM HAS A RETURNING BERTH TO PGF PREMIER NATIONALS FOR 2016.
- ALL OF OUR TEAMS HAVE FORMER DIVISION I PLAYERS AS THEIR COACHES.
- WE FIND THE RIGHT COLLEGE FIT FOR OUR STUDENT-ATHLETES.
- WE PREPARE OUR STUDENT-ATHLETES TO COMPETE AND SUCCEED AT THE NEXT LEVEL.
- WE ARE A FAMILY. YOUR DAUGHTER WILL FIND A HOME HERE.
SONA HALAJIAN (2019) COMMITS TO
CAL NUGGETS GOLD RUSH FUNDRAISER
APRIL 2, 2016
YAZMINE ROMERO (2017) COMMITS TO
YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY
I had no idea what to expect when I stepped foot on the Youngstown State campus, but when I did, I was in complete awe of how beautiful it was and how amazing the athletic facilities were. The coaches were very welcoming and the team seemed like a close-knit family that I cannot wait to be a part of. The way Coach Campbell preached about academics before athletics made me realize that Youngstown State is the perfect fit for me. I understand that it is a privilege to play at the next level, and I will be honored and humbled to wear a Youngstown State jersey. I feel very blessed that God has given me the opportunity to play college softball. I would like to thank Coaches Haley, Jess and Jen for helping make my dream come true because without them this would have never been possible. I would also like to thank my parents for introducing me to softball and working with me and supporting me every step of the way. I cannot wait to be a Penguin!
WE ARE SO HAPPY THAT YOU FOUND THE PERFECT FIT.
MARIAH SCHUCHART (2017) COMMITS TO
SAN FRANCISCO STATE
It's been my dream since I started playing softball to play at the collegiate level. I'm so excited to have the opportunity to play for Coach Allen and Coach Nelson at San Francisco State University. I instantly fell in love when I stepped on campus and knew it was the right place for me. Thank you to my teammates and friends who've always pushed me to make me a better player and thank you to my family for making this all possible. A special thank you to Haley and all the Nuggets for welcoming me and making me feel part of the family. I can't wait to be a Gator!
SO HAPPY FOR YOU MARIAH
ELLIE BAUER (2017) COMMITS TO
CSU MONTEREY BAY
Ever since I was 9 years old, I had a dream to play softball in college, and that dream is finally coming true. I am so excited to have the opportunity to play softball at Cal State Monterey Bay. The school, coaches, team and location are perfect for me, and I am so excited to continue my softball career there. I am so thankful for all that Haley and Jess have done to get me here, as well as George, Jen and all of the other Nuggets coaches, and for everything the Nuggets organization has done for me as a softball player and a person. Thank you to my family for supporting me through all of my softball endeavors, and to my teammates for always backing me up and pushing me to get better. I'm so thankful for all the opportunities I've gotten and am excited to officially be an Otter!
CONGRATS ELLIE!!!! WE ARE SO HAPPY FOR YOU.
JEN HORITA (2017) COMMITS TO
They always say that there is the right school for everyone, and I have found the right school for me in Boston University. I cannot wait to continue my softball career under Coach Ashley Waters and the rest of the BU coaching staff. Boston University is a phenomenal school in an amazing city with a great mix of strong academics and athletics. I would not be the person and player I am today without the help and motivation of Haley, Jess, and all of my coaches. Thank you to my parents, sisters, coaches, and teammates for the support they have given me throughout this process. I couldn’t be more grateful!
I am so excited to have this opportunity and cannot wait to be a Terrier!
CONGRATS J-HO. WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!
LUSEANE TUTOE (2017) COMMITS TO
CSU MONTEREY BAY
Growing up, I knew playing college softball was something I wanted to do and at CSU Monterey Bay, I'll be able to do just that! When I visited the campus, the welcoming environment and ocean views were just some of the things that helped me realize CSUMB is the right fit for me. I want to thank Haley, Jess, and all the other Nuggets coaches for supporting me throughout this process and making me a better player as well as my teammates for pushing me to play my very best. I also want to thank my family, especially my parents, for supporting and motivating me to work hard, keep God first, and never give up. I'm so grateful and blessed for the opportunities in store and can't wait to be an Otter!
GREAT JOB LUSE!!! WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU
& SO HAPPY FOR YOU.
MARINA SYLVESTRI (2017) COMMITS TO
I am very excited to announce that I will be playing under Coach Ashley Waters at Boston University. I feel extremely blessed to play for an exceptional university in a city I absolutely adore. After visiting Boston last fall, I realized Boston was where I was meant to be! The recruiting journey has taken me to places I would have never imagined and has pushed me both academically and athletically. For this I am forever grateful! I would like to thank Haley, Jess and Frank for opening so many doors and giving me so many opportunities. Thank you to my teammates for being my family and to my parents for all of their support and devotion along the way. Although I will always be a Nugget at heart…..I cannot wait to be a Terrier!
WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU AND SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!
ANGELA BRAZIL (2016) COMMITS TO
Softball has been my passion since I was 7 years old. Since then, I knew that I always wanted to play softball in college. Stepping onto the campus at Midland University made me feel as if I was at home. I would like to give a huge thank you to my family for supporting my decision, and my teammates for pushing me to work harder every day. I would also like to say thank you to Haley, Jess and the rest of the Cal Nuggets coaching staff for helping me get to where I am today. I'm so excited for this next step in my future and I can't wait to become a Warrior!!
WE ARE SO HAPPY THAT YOU FOUND YOUR PERFECT FIT.
ROBYN WAMPLER (2017) COMMITS TO
UC SAN DIEGO
Everyone has always told me to "trust the process" and that "I will find the perfect place". I'm not sure I completely believed them until now. I can honestly say that this is a dream come true and I couldn't be any happier with the decision that I have made to go to UCSD. There is a perfect balance between academics and softball, and the team is like a family. Thank you to my parents and my peers for always pushing me to be greater and to the Nuggets for being so welcoming to me. Go Tritons!
WE ARE SO HAPPY FOR YOU
CAMERON KONDO (2017) COMMITS TO
When I started this process I never would have thought I would be where I am today. Being on the Cal campus I could not have pictured myself going anywhere else. The balance and strength of academics, athletics, and experience is what made me love Cal. I cannot wait to put on the Cal uniform, represent the blue and gold, and be a student- athlete at Cal. I am so grateful for Haley and all of the Cal Nuggets Coaches who have supported me throughout this process and have made me a better player and person. Thank you to my teammates who have held me accountable and pushed me to work hard everyday. And thank you to my parents who have made this all possible. I am truly blessed and cannot wait to be a BEAR!
WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU CAM!!! GO BEARS!!!
CAL NUGGETS CLASS OF 2016
NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT SIGNING
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.
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
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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