Lady Monarchs have a new head softball coach

A change at the top of the softball program brings a familiar face to the school, but not the program.

By: Vicente Vitela, Staff Writer 

Students will be surprised this spring when Greg Venger switches his nameplate from soccer to softball coach as he transitions over to the diamond this spring.

Out of five potential candidates Venger stood out because of his reliability, and consistency in generating great recruiting classes. He identifies himself as a player’s coach and has a strong desire to see athletes succeed. He plans to set a practice schedule that will benefit the student-athletes.

“I think having knowledge of the LAVC student athlete as well as my passion to help students helped me get the job,” Venger said.

Venger replaced longtime head coach Frankie Garcia. He has coached baseball and softball at Cleveland high school, and is serving as the school’s athletic director. Venger has been at Valley for  a handful of years and led the lady Monarch’s soccer team to the playoffs last season.

“He has a great background in the sport and knows how to get good recruits,” Athletic Director Jim Fenwick said.

Fenwick was clear that the job was not handed to Venger but that he was the best candidate for the job. The plan is to have Venger finish the soccer season before moving to softball.

Coach Greg Venger is in his final season coaching women’s soccer before he heads over to the softball field.

One comment

  1. At this time, the Monarchs softball program NEEDS Greg Venger’s discipline, his experience and his talent for coaching. The softball team hasn’t had a record over .500 (or won more games in a season than they’ve lost) since 2010.

    The old softball coaching staff(s) tried their best, but the recruiting classes of this decade have not had sustained success.

    The culture of the softball program has to change. They have that beautiful stadium to play in, but nobody really comes to their games and they haven’t won a lot.

    But I do believe Venger will get the job done.

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