The Pima Community College softball program announced the addition of former Arizona ace Taylor McQuillin to its staff today.
McQuillin, fresh off leading the Wildcats to their first Women’s College World Series appearance since 2010, has agreed to join the Aztecs as an assistant coach starting in the fall. She will assist pitching coach Nicki Johnson.
McQuillin, who is currently playing for the Cleveland Comets in National Pro Fastpitch, is excited about the new challenge with Pima softball.
“My hope in working with this team is to help further grow their knowledge of the game and for me to learn from the coaches at Pima as well,” McQuillin said. “I hope the pitching staff as a whole is able to work together to win Pima a lot of ball games. It is not easy to be a pitcher at this level but in working with Nicki, I feel that this staff will learn how to compete to the best of their abilities.”
McQuillin joins head coach Rebekah Quiroz and assistant coach Jennifer Martinez, Arizona softball alumni.
“I think my favorite part of working with Pima and being a part of their program is being in a staff with Arizona alumni who understand what it takes to win,” McQuillin said.
Quiroz welcomes the addition of McQuillin because of her “knowledge and experience” and “competitive edge” pitching for Arizona coach Mike Candrea and pitching coach Taryne Mowatt.
“She is going to bring a different perspective,” Quiroz said. “My goal is for her to work with our pitching coach Nicki Johnson as close as possible.
“Nicki is going to show her a lot especially how to hone her teaching skills. I am honored to have two Division I pitchers on my coaching staff to help mentor and motivate.”
Pima athletic director Jim Monaco said, “It’s an incredible opportunity for our girls to learn from someone who has pitched at the highest level of college softball.”
The Aztecs finished the 2019 season with a 30-28 overall record and a third place finish at the NJCAA Region I, Division I Tournament. They begin the fall season in August and the 2020 spring season in January.
Pima’s media relations department contributed to this report.
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