Head Coach: Ashley Lokey
June 12, 2019 -- Ashley Lokey has been selected as Edmonds CC’s new head softball coach and assumes the position immediately.
Lokey spent the last two years as an assistant at NCAA DI Seattle University, helping the Redhawks to their first NCAA Regional appearance in the program’s history. Seattle U was 73-40 in her two years there, which included the school’s first Western Athletic Conference (WAC) regular season and tournament title this spring. Seattle U notched 40 wins (school record) in 2019 and was the first WAC program to win an NCAA tournament game since 2015. Lokey helped with recruiting, coached first base, worked primarily with the team’s lefty slap hitters and outfielders, and organized camps.
Lokey has previous head-coaching experience at the community college level. She coached at Chabot College, a two-year school in the California Community College Athletic Association, in Hayward, Calif. for four years (2013-2017). Lokey rebuilt the program and in 2015-16 the Gladiators were 26-11. She coached two All-Nor Cal players and eight 1st-Team All-North Coast Conference player and established a track record of academic success with a student-first philosophy. Lokey was also a part-time faculty member at Chabot.
“Ashley comes highly recommended to us and is the right person to lead Triton softball,” said athletic director Spencer Stark. “If you look at her coaching path, she’s already cut her teeth as a young head coach and her recent experience at Seattle U will help her at Edmonds. I know the team is excited about Ashley and we are thrilled to add her to our coaching staff.”
Lokey is from Eugene, Ore. and graduated from Elmira High School. She started her playing career at Mt. Hood Community College, learning from five-time NWAC championship head coach Meadow McWhorter, who is now the skipper at NCAA DI Portland State University. While at Mt. Hood she was part of McWhorter's first championship team in 2009 and was a two-time selection to the NWAC All-Tournament Team. Lokey garnered NWAC South all-league honors both years and was a NFCA NWAC All-American in 2009. She transferred to NCAA DII Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Calif. and holds the school's record for highest batting average (.437), slugging percentage (.668), and on-base percentage (.528). While at Academy of Art Lokey was PacWest Academic All-Conference (2011, 2012), All-PacWest 1st Team (2010, 2012), and NFCA All-Region 2nd Team (2010). She earned nine Player of the Week honors, and three PacWest Weekly Top 10 selections.
“I’m super excited to come into the NWAC as the new head coach for Edmonds softball. As a former student-athlete in the NWAC, I have a unique understanding of playing at the community college level and moving on to play at a four-year university,” said Lokey. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to build upon the expectations and foundation that Edmonds softball has created. I am eager to work with the team and look forward to building champions in academics, athletics, community, and in life.”
Lokey earned her Bachelor’s degree from Academy of Art, majoring in Multimedia Communications and later obtained her Master’s in Sport and Health Science from American Public University.
This year interim head coach Chuck Stark guided the Tritons to a 41-10 season and an appearance in the NWAC championship game one year after former head coach Sheryl Gilmore led the team to a record-setting 2018 season in which the Tritons finished 42-8, captured the North Region title for the first time since 1998, and placed third overall at the NWAC Tournament. Gilmore is now the head coach at NCAA DII Western Washington University.
Edmonds has seven returning sophomores, many of whom filled large roles on the squad in 2019. Freshmen Prestyne Kaimi-Montira and Ciena Kauhi were named to the NFCA All-American team, and returners Staisa Micky, Cecilia Robbins, Rhilmina Sagapolutele and Liliola Vehikite were all NWAC North Region All-Stars. Softball starts their fall season in early September.
Assistant Coach: Rey Corujo
Rey Corujo begins his first season as an assistant with the program. Rey has been a baseball coach for many years and most recently served as Taylor Baseball's hitting coach. Taylor was arguably the best 18U summer baseball program in the Pacific Northwest, and moved countless players on to all levels of baseball, including pro ball.
Rey attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University and helped his team to the 1993 NAIA World Series. Corujo was all-conference and later played with the Puerto Rican National Team. He signed with the San Francisco Giants organization and played three years in the minor leagues. Corujo was recently inducted into the Puerto Rico Baseball Hall of Fame. He currently teaches physical education classes at Edmonds Community College and is a personal trainer and hitting coach. He resides in Lynnwood, Wash. with his family.
Assistant Coach: Antionette Watson
Former Triton catcher Antionette Watson has returned to Edmonds CC and joins the coaching staff for the 2019 season. Watson, an all-league backstop who moved on to play at NCAA DII Notre Dame De Muir University, currently works for Boeing and primarily works with the Triton catchers.
Assistant Coach: Bill Drake
Bill Drake enters his first season with the Edmonds CC softball program in 2019. Drake
has been involved with softball for over a decade, and has coached with many youth
teams. He is still involved in amateur fastpitch and also assisted the baseball program
at the Community Colleges of Spokane for one year.
Assistant Coach: Chuck Stark
Chuck Stark served as the interim head coach of the softball program at Edmonds Community College for the 2018-19 season. Stark took over for Sheryl Gilmore, who was tabbed as the new head softball coach at Western Washington University in August 2018. Stark will step into a limited part-time assistant coaching role with the program in 2019-20.
Stark led the Tritons to a 42-10 record in 2019 as the team played in the NWAC championship game, losing to North Idaho College. Ten players on the team were named as NWAC North Region All-Stars, and freshmen Prestyne Kaimi-Montira and Ciena Kauhi were selected as NWAC NFCA All-Americans. Kaimi-Montira was awarded the Diamond Catcher of the Year.
Stark, who is retired, came to Edmonds after coaching five years at Olympic College. He assisted at OC from 2013-15 and was the head coach in 2016 and 2017. In his five years there, the Rangers qualified for the NWAC playoffs four times. He played men’s fastpitch as a catcher and third baseman for 22 years at a high level, serving as player-coach for several years for teams that competed at the regional and national levels. In 2000, Stark was inducted into the Kitsap Sports Hall of Fame for his softball exploits. He earned numerous all-tournament honors and was an ASA All-American in 1992 when he helped Bremerton’s Pop’s Inn to a third place finish at the 64-team national tournament.
While at Olympic, he helped many players move on to four-year schools, including Bethany Balucan-Batangan (Central Washington University), Greta Coleman (Bloomfield College), Mariah Frazier (Bloomfield College), Alyssa Espiritu (Concordia University Portland), Samantha Gorman (Central Washington University), and Kelsey Lucostic (University of Montana). Stark also coached youth baseball for over a decade and has high school baseball coaching experience. He prepped at West Bremerton High School where he was a three-sport athlete. Stark played baseball and basketball at Olympic College in 1972, and baseball in 1975. His college years were interrupted by a three-year stint in the Army.
(August 13, 2018) -- Stark appointed interim softball head coach >>