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new TVCC softball assistant
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ATHENSAshley Palma has been named as the new Trinity Valley Community College assistant softball coach.
Palma, who spent the last four years at Ranger Junior College as assistant softball coach, was hired after an extensive search by Lady Cardinals head coach Ashley Johnston, who noted the choice was obvious.
I am very excited to bring Ashley on staff here, Johnston said. She was an outstanding player (in high school and college) and an even better coach.
She has helped Ranger improve so much the last four years, and I am looking forward to see what she is going to bring to this program, Johnston added.
At Ranger in 2009, Palma helped the Lady Rangers qualify for their conferences postseason tournament for the first time in 10 years.
In addition to coaching softball, Palma also coached volleyball and basketball at Ranger, as well as serving as student activities director and a dorm director.
Palma is a native of Pasadena, graduating from Sam Rayburn High School, where she was a first-team all-district selection at third base all four years. Sam Rayburn reached the regional quarterfinals in 2001, and Palma was selected to a state all-star team.
She played on the collegiate level at the University of Louisiana-Monroe and Louisiana Tech University. At Louisiana-Monroe, she was selected a team captain as a freshman.
Palma graduated with a bachelors degree in sports and exercise studies from Tarleton State University. She plans to start on her masters degree later this year.
I am very excited to be here, Palma said. I plan on helping future Lady Cardinals to become well-round student-athletes and successful young ladies.
My goal as a first-year coach in this program is to do nothing less than help take these Lady Cardinals to their first conference tournament, she vowed.
The Lady Cardinals went 19-32 in the 2010 spring season and narrowly missed reaching the postseason tournament with an 8-16 conference record.
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