Saint Martin's University Softball Camps
After 10 years as head coach of Pierce College in Puyallup Washington Mark Edmonston is joining the Saints coaching staff for fall 2017. Coach Edmonston holds the record for most wins in Raider Athletics' history. He has recorded recording nearly 300 wins at the helm of the Raiders, passing former head coach and current Pierce College Chancellor, Dr. Michele Johnson (99 wins) early in the 2011 campaign.
Edmonston has won 83 percent of his league games in the last ten years. His team in 2011 won the fifth consecutive Western Division title, with a record of 28-2, tying the Raiders record for most league wins in a season. Edmonston’s teams have reached the NWAC Championships in eight of ten years, including finishing in 5th place in 2011. Three times he has been named West Division Coach of the Year and has coached 46 players to 1st team West Division players including three players named as Western Division Most Valuable Players.
Prior to taking over the program in 2008, Edmonston served for five years as an assistant coach with the Raiders, as the team's pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. In addition to his duties at Pierce, he has been very involved with coaching in the local club programs, most recently with the Washington Thunder.
Edmonston is a graduate of Yakima Valley Community College, where he played on the football and golf teams. He played men's fastpitch in Yakima from 1975 to 1982.?
Coach Edmonston retired from the Tacoma Police Department in 2010 as a Detective.
Keilani Cruz enters her first season as a member of the Saint Martin’s University Coaching Staff as Assistant Softball Coach for the 2018-2019 softball season.
She played collegiately at Central Washington University from 2010-2012 where she played a role in two consecutive playoff appearances and a 74-31 record, the best two-year win-loss record in school history.
Following Cruz’s playing career, she began coaching in 2012 to 2014 at Pierce Community College.
In 2014 she took on the role as Graduate Assistant at Central Washington University where she coached to 2016 while obtaining her Master’s Degree in Athletic Administration. The 2016 CWU softball season made program history as the team became the first Great Northwest Athletic Conference school to advance to the NCAA Division II West Super Regionals Tournament.
Coach Loes enters his first year as an assistant at Saint Martin's University. Loes brings with him 21 years of experience as a head coach. (ten years at South Puget Sound Community College, and 11 at Olympia H.S.). Coach Matt helped get SPSCC to the NWAC Tournament his first year with a 22-4 record in '98, first place in the SW division, earning Coach of The Year honors, with a 29-9 record overall.
Coach Matt got the SPSCC Clippers back to the NWAC tourney in 2006 and 2007. His '06 team set a collegiate record with 135 home runs in 51 games, scoring 608 runs, which was a NWAC record, with nine players earning first team NWAC, and three more second team, Loes earned Coach of the Year as well.
While at Olympia H.S., Coach Loes helped get the Bears to the post season in eight of 11 seasons, including Narrows League Champions in 2013, '14, and '15. In 2015, his Bears were 27-3 overall, WIAA District Champions, and placed sixth at State. Loes also received Coach of the Year honors in '15.
Coach Loes was a veteran fastpitch softball player of 18 seasons out of the Olympia area, receiving numerous all-star awards for hitting, member of a regional championship team, and played in three national tournaments. Coach Loes has also coached youth fastpitch and baseball for several years, and has put on many successfully youth clinics since 1999. Loes has a strong passion for fastpitch softball and is determined to help players to be successful in this sport.
Coach Matt and his wife Jena have been married for 31 years and enjoy spending time with their adult children, daughter Eden, and son Jake.