FASTPITCH NORTHWEST MANAGEMENT TEAM
General Manager - Washington State Director - 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.
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-Freewaser 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.
Senior Advisor - Fastpitch Northwest
Ken was the initial Director of FPNW. Over 9 years he built the program which has helped over 250 girls reach the Next Level of collegiate fastpitch. He has total of 24 years in Fastpitch softball. During his 8 years as a competitive summer coach, his teams won 3 state championships at 12U, 14U, and 16U. His teams took 3rd place at the NSA 12U National Championships in 1992. In 1993 he started the Centralia High School fast pitch program and amassed
261 wins during his tenure. The Tigers played in the State title game 3 times, captured 5 district titles, and 5 league titles. In 2014, he took over as the head coach of the combined schools of PeEll/Willapa Valley where his teams have gone to the state tournament and finished 5th place in his first two years. In the spring of 2017 his Titan Fastpitch team went 25-1, winning the State Title. He is now sitting at 324 wins in his HS career. Coach Ken is also a private hitting instructor .
Senior Advisor - Fastpitch Northwest
Tom, known to most as Coach T, has more than 3,300 fastpitch softball games under his belt as a player and coach. A former player with international and national tournament experience, he has been a head coach at the collegiate, high school, and amateur level. Tom a private pitching/hitting coach, as well as the pitching coach for College of Idaho and Walla Walla Community College, is also National Softball and Volleyball Editor for CBS-owned MaxPrepSports.