Carter Named Head Softball CoachNotre Dame de Namur University and Athletic Director Josh Doody have announced the hiring of Ashley Carter as head softball coach. Carter comes to NDNU after spending last season as an Assistant Coach at Menlo College in Atherton. At Menlo, she helped the Oaks to their best season since 2002, finishing with a 30-20 record.
Prior to her stint at Menlo, Carter served as Head Coach at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico for four seasons. While there, she led the team to four straight District Championships and two State Quarterfinals appearances.Carter also serves as a club softball coach and spent a season as a Graduate Assistant at Grambling State in Louisiana. She played her college softball at Grambling State where she graduated with a degree in Kinesiology. After earning her undergraduate degree she went on to receive her Master's from Grambling State in Sports Management. Carter is also currently working towards her PhD from the University of New Mexico.
A Native of the East Bay, Coach Carter attended Redwood Christian High School before attending Grambling State University, where she was a member of the Woman’s Softball team from 2004-2007. While at Grambling State, she worked as an athletic trainer and was an avid student in the Kinesiology Program. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Administration as well as her Master of Science Degree in Sport Administration. Per completing her graduate degree, Coach Carter moved to Albuquerque to intern with the AAA Minor League Baseball team, The Albuquerque Isotopes, became a USSSA Area Director and was the head coach at the 6A La Cueva High School. While under her four-year leadership, her team had an overall record of 68 and 30, 4 district championships and 118 homeruns. To compliment this, the program also maintained an overall GPA of 3.6. Players from her program went on to compete at the Division I, Division II and NAIA level. Coach Carter is also completing her PhD in Sport Administration from the University of New Mexico.
Under Coach Matt Lisle’s leadership at Menlo College, Coach Carter was a part of a record breaking season, where the Oaks went 30-20. It was their best season since 2002. While at Menlo, she worked with specifically with the outfield and the hitters but has extensive knowledge in the working with the infield and catchers.
As a new Head Coach, Coach Carter is looking to build upon the glimpses of success the program has had over the past few years. She is looking for strong athletes who are good people and want to work hard to make the program exceed all expectations.
Associate Head Coach
Coach Luis Loza is in his first season as the Associate Head Coach for the Notre Dame de Namur Argonauts. Before beginning in July, Coach Luis spent 2012-2016 as the Assistant Coach at California State University, East Bay, a Division II school in the CCAA. During his tenure at East Bay, Coach Luis grew as a college coach, starting first as a volunteer and making his way to 1st Assistant and Director of Recruitment. In his first year, he assisted the infield and outfield position coaches, growing and developing his own coaching style and technique. In years two and three, he became the outfield position coach, planning and mentoring his athletes to become better competitors on and off the field.
Under Coach Luis’s guidance, his first JC recruit was named the CCAA newcomer of the year and 2nd team All-CCAA. Two other outfielders, under Coach Luis’s guidance, made the 2015 ALL-CCAA honorable mention list. On the side of recruitment, Coach Luis brought in athletes who were recognized as Newcomers of the Year and members of the Daktronics ALL-West Region team. There were many athletes receiving top offensive recognition including an athlete ranked second in the conference for Homeruns, 6th for RBI’s and 3rd in slugging percentage.
Prior to coaching, Coach Luis played baseball for 18 years on semi-professional teams out of Hayward and Oakland. His team made it to numerous playoffs with the opportunity to win a championship. His primarily positions is shortstop but also has experience playing second base and outfield. Personally, Coach Luis resides in the Eastbay, California where he was raised. He is married to his wife of 21 years, Yvette Loza. Together they have 3 children, Niko (21), Lisette (18) and Josiah (6).