Jessica Rapoza was named head coach of the ECC Warriors in the Summer of 2014 making the 2015 season her first at the school.
Rapoza joins the Warriors after spending the last five seasons as the co-head coach at Santa Ana College.
Rapoza brings an impressive resume to El Camino. She helped lead the Dons to several record-breaking performances including the program’s best season in nearly two decades in 2014. This past season the Dons broke 18 SAC records with a 36-10 overall record and advanced to the Super Regionals.
During Rapoza’s tenure, the Dons post a 135-78-1 record while leaving the Dons record books with 40 new marks.
Prior to her time at Santa Ana, Rapoza was a part of the coaching staff at Santiago Canyon College for three seasons, helping the Hawks establish their program.
Before beginning her collegiate coaching career, Rapoza worked at the MVP Academy in Redding where she served as a hitting instructor as well as a defensive specialist. She also held her own clinics in the city of Redding where she focused on infielders, outfielders and catchers.
Rapoza has also worked at the professional level where she served as a softball instructor in a women’s professional softball league in association with the Colorado Rockies and the Minnesota Twins. Along with her work in these leagues, Rapoza spent time as a player/coach with the Arizona Heat of the National Pro Fastpitch League.
Rapoza began her coaching career at her alma mater, Point Loma Nazarene University, as an assistant coach and strength and conditioning coach.
During her playing career at Point Loma, Rapoza was a two-time NAIA All-American selection and a NAIA All-American Honorable Mention. She was named All-Conference and All-Region three times while winning two gold gloves and being named Offensive Most Valuable Player. Rapoza was recently inducted into Point Loma’s Hall of Fame.
Rapoza graduated from Point Loma with a bachelor’s degree in physical education before earning her master’s degree in exercise science from the California University of Pennsylvania. She is currently working towards her doctorate in sports management.