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Pima adds 2021 WCWS Most Outstanding Player Giselle Juarez to coaching staff


Former Arizona State pitcher Giselle Juarez, who transferred to Oklahoma and led the Sooners to the 2021 Women’s College World Series title, has been hired to help the pitching staff at Pima, the school announced on an Instagram post Monday.

Selected the WCWS Most Outstanding Player, Juarez will assist Pima pitching coach Nicki Johnson by working on the mental awareness and visual perception of the pitchers.

“Giselle brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team I could only dream about,” Pima softball coach Rebekah Quiroz was quoted as saying by Pima. “Any school in the country at any level would be lucky to have her and we will utilize her in all aspects of the game for our hitters, pitchers and mental enhancement.”

Juarez, who is from Glendale and graduated from Mountain Ridge High School, is currently playing in a pro league in Japan and is slated to join the Aztecs in late November.

After playing her freshman and sophomore seasons at Arizona State in 2017 and 2018, she transferred to Oklahoma for the 2019 season.

She played her fifth year in college in the spring after granted an extra year of eligibility due to COVID-19 canceling most of the 2020 season.

Juarez started 26 games and appeared in 29 and finished the year with a 23-1 record and 2.19 ERA. She registered a team-best 159 strikeouts to 24 walks and a .177 opponent batting average while taking part in 10 shutouts on the season.

She finished her career ranked second in Oklahoma career history in opponent batting average (.161) and winning percentage (.898), third in strikeouts per seven innings pitched (9.53) and ninth in walks per seven innings pitched (1.44).

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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon. He became an educator five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District

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