FASTPITCH NORTHWEST MANAGEMENT TEAM
General Manager - Fastpitch Northwest
Mike was drafted as a shortstop by the Minnesota Twins out of West Covina (CA) High School in 1968 where he was honored as San Gabriel Valley High School Player of the Year. Mike enjoyed an eight-year professional career with the Twins and Indians organizations and earned a spot on the Twins Major League Roster in 1970 and 1972. Mike has coached at the professional, college and high school levels. He has been coaching Northwest teams at USA Baseball and national showcase events since 2000 and started Team Northwest Baseball in 2011 to offer deserving players in the Northwest an opportunity to perform nationally before college recruiters and professional scouts. Mike brings to Fastpitch NW his extensive experience in training and preparing young athletes for the “Next Level” of competition and providing them opportunities to reach their goals, both academically and athletically.
Director of Operations- Fastpitch Northwest
Originally from Bothell, WA, Arista lettered all four years at Bothell High School. Post high school, wanting to stay close to home, she began her collegiate career at Edmonds Community College. As a shortstop, she earned All-NWACC first-team honors and her teams MVP.
In 2015, she transferred to Dixie State University in St George, UT. That season, Dixie went on to take second place in the NCAA Division II national tournament. Traveling to Oklahoma City to compete at that level is one of her favorite memories from college. She finished her college career in 2017 as a starter. During her time there she was a student-athlete, senior member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and President of the Finance Club. She completed her career at Dixie in 2018 by achieving her Bachelors Degree in Finance.
After college, Arista returned to her home state of Washington. In Tacoma, she found a home at Softball University, continuing to teach youth athletics and grow her knowledge of the game. She has been fortunate to coach a 12U team for the past three years and looks forward to continuing that passion.
The transition to Fastpitch NW builds on her goals to grow the game of Fastpitch In the Northwest Region and to help players reach their goal of playing at the Next Level.
Oregon State Director - Fastpitch Northwest
Nicole is the head softball coach at Eastern Oregon University. During her playing days at EOU (1996-2000), she was one of the best players in program history. In 2000, Christian enjoyed one of the best single seasons in EOU history, hitting .492 with 62 hits, 13 doubles and 50 runs batted in.
She was inducted into the EOU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013, earning All-American honors twice (1999, 2000) and CCC Player of the Year in 1999. She ranks top-10 in numerous categories in the program record book, including No. 1 in career hits (200), runs batted in (137), total bases (321) and walks (83).
Coach Christian had coached at McLoughlin High School in Milton-Freewater since 2008, leading the Pioneers to nine-straight state tournament appearances, two Oregon state titles (2014, 2015) while earning 4A Coach of the Year honors during both those seasons.
Idaho State Director - Fastpitch Northwest
Al Mendiola is in his 15th year as head coach of the College of Idaho softball program and holds an all-time record of 374-292-1 - the most wins by a softball coach in school history. He was named 2007 Cascade Conference and NAIA Region I Coach of the Year, while earning NFCA West Region Coach of the Year honors in 2014.
He has coached 24 All-CCC players, five NAIA All-Americans, 45 CCC All-Academic Team selections, and 18 NAIA Scholar-Athlete award winners. Under Mendiola, the Yotes have made eight postseason appearances, including berths in the 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2019 NAIA Softball National Championships. His 2019 team set a new school record with 40 victories, advancing to the title game of the Hattiesburg NAIA Opening Round tournament.
A 1994 graduate of CSI, Mendiola played two seasons of baseball for head coach Tim Mooney, earning honorable mention NAIA All-America honors as a senior. His wife, Liz, has been the head volleyball coach the College for the past 18 years. The Mendiola's have two children, Aleah and Micah, and reside in Middleton.
Washington State Director - Fastpitch Northwest
Shaunie brings 15 years of coaching experience including head coach and president of the Blue Thunder fastpitch program for the last 10 years and 5 years as varsity assistant softball coach for Rochester high school.
She played women's and coed competitive slowpitch for 25 years with many state and world series appearances. She currently runs defensive and offensive clinics for local youth players.
Shaunie coached teams at the FPNW Northwest Championships and helped run Prospect Evaluation camps before becoming Washington State Director in 2021. Shaunie also coaches our All-Tournament team at the Triple Crown City of Lights National Showcase in Las Vegas (2019-2021).
I bring the love and experience of the game to fastpitch nw. My goal is to share the love of the game with the players in the northwest by helping them to bring out their best performances and help them move on and play at the next level while having a great experience and fun here at Fastpitch NW.