Softball - Assistant Coach
Email: Miguel Villarreal
There’s only one person still on the AWC campus that has been around the Matador ball fields longer than Miguel Villarreal. And even though that man, Jack Watson, the man who originated the AWC Baseball program, was the school’s first athletic director, and is now a longtime Matador assistant baseball coach, has an incredible resume, it’s Villarreal who can say that he’s been able to make a difference for BOTH AWC spring sports. Villarreal was all about baseball when he first arrived on the AWC campus in the 1980’s as a high school catcher looking to perfect his craft. It was a young John Stratton who first took Villarreal under his wing, and it was the way that that same 27-year head coach, Stratton, handled his charges that first inspired Villarreal to want to move into coaching once his playing career was complete. Nearly three decades later, it’s Villarreal who’s trying to be that same type of mentor as he works to improve the skills of the Matador infielders as a Matador Assistant Softball Coach. Villarreal began coaching summer travel softball teams, and more than a decade later, he’s still doing it, including coaching one squad to a national championship in Salem, Oregon, and leading another to the championship game the next year. Villarreal also spent time on the high school coaching level as an assistant for Kofa High School’s softball program before coming to AWC. Miguel and Mark Garcia aren’t just side-by-side in the Matador Softball dugout, since they still play men’s fast-pitch softball together. Villarreal and his wife, Loretta, have a son, daughter, and two granddaughters.