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Christa Pfeninger

Head Softball Coach

Current Classes

PED101SB - Softball
PED101ST - Strength Training
PED102SB - Softball - Intermediate
PED102ST - Strength Training - Intermediate


Christa Pfeninger comes to our South Mountain softball program from Phoenix College, where she was an assistant coach for 10 years. In her ten-year stint with the Bears, she helped them to win 6 NJCAA Division II National Championships (2012, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004), two runner-up NJCAA National finishes (2013 and 2009), and won the NJCAA Division II Regionals eight times. She has appeared in ten ACCAC Regional Tournaments, finishing first in eight appearances. She has also been named Speedline Coaching Staff of the Year four times (2012, 2007, 2006 and 2005). Christa was born in Minot, North Dakota. She moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1988, where she graduated from Horizon High School. While at Horizon, she won the high school 5A State Championship in 1997 and was named Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year. She then continued her collegiate softball career at Div. I University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK, playing one year for the Sooners and returning home the following year to attend Phoenix College. While at Phoenix College, she helped the Bears to win their first-ever NJCAA National Title in 2000, and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player for both the ACCAC Regional and NJCAA National Tournament. Christa received NJCAA/NFCA 1st Team All-American honors as a catcher. She graduated from Phoenix College with an Associate’s Degree in Science. She then went on to play at Div. 1 University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT, where she graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science.  She then returned to Phoenix in 2003, and in the fall of 2004 become an assistant softball coach at Phoenix College. In 2017-18 season Christa will be entering her fifth year as the SMCC Cougars' head softball coach with an overall record of 111 wins and 130 losses. Against her Division II opponents she has an overall record of 83 wins and 52 losses. In 2016-17, she finished the season with a 26-36 record, finishing third in the ACCAC Division II Region and placing second in the post season ACCAC tournament. In her four years, she has transferred seventeen graduating sophomores on to four-year institutions with athletic scholarships. Coach Pfeninger’s Coaching Philosophy: I believe that hard work, commitment and dedication are vital to the growth and development of young women. Collegiate athletics promotes self-esteem, independence, and responsibility, which allows athletes the opportunity to excel as adolescents as well as growing adults. My passion for the game revolves around my ability to offer those opportunities to young women. I want to pay back to the game what it has given to me and be able to pass on the same opportunities to other young female athletes looking to excel in life and education. What sets me apart from everyone else is my ability to teach the game along with life responsibilities. I use the game to teach my athletes how to function in the world beyond sports. I instill in them the importance of confidence, commitment and dedication, not only to their education but also to themselves.  


Relator | Responsibility | Achiever | Discipline | Maximizer