The Cal Poly softball team hired former UCLA All-American Ally Carda as its new assistant and pitching coach under 11th-year head coach Jenny Condon, the school announced Wednesday.
Carda was a two-time Pac-12 player of the year for the 11-time national champion Bruins, completing her four-year career last spring. As a senior she compiled a 32-8 record and was 15th in the country with 281 strikeouts.
Carda, who was one of three finalists for the 2014 USA Softball national player of the year, left UCLA as the program’s all-time leader in pitching appearances with 178. She was third in victories (100) and innings pitched (787 1⁄3) and fourth in strikeouts (815).
The Elk Grove native also contributed to the Bruins’ offense, finishing her career with 43 home runs, 180 RBI, 173 runs and a .482 on-base percentage.
“We’re thrilled to add Ally to our coaching staff,” Condon said in a release. “She’s played and succeeded at the highest level, and she’s fresh off a trip to the College World Series and a summer competing for the U.S. National Team.
“Her competitiveness and passion for the game is contagious, and we can’t wait for her to start working with our pitchers and hitters.”
Carda replaces Chelsey Barclay, who left the program during the summer to accept an assistant coaching position at North Carolina.