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Mark Edmonston begins his fifth year as the Head Coach of the Raider Softball program, and as the all-time winningest coach in Raider Softball history. He has recorded 125 wins at the helm of the Raiders, passing former head coach and current Pierce College Chancellor, Dr. Michele Johnson (99 wins), early in the 2011 campaign. Edmonston led the 2011 Raiders to their fifth consecutive Western Division title, with a record of 28-2, tying the Raiders record for most league wins in a season. The 2011 title broke Pierce's record of 4 straight division titles, set by the Raider Volleyball program from 1997 to 2000. Edmonston was named Western Division Coach of the Year at the end of the 2011 season, his third selection in four years. Three of his Raiders have been selected as Western Division Most Valuable Players, and three others have earned Western Division Most Valuable Pitcher honors. Two of Edmonston's Raiders have won the Addidas All-America Golden Spikes Award, for leading the NWAACC in stolen bases.
Prior to taking over the program in 2008, Edmonston served for four years as an assistant coach with the Raiders, as the team's pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. In addition to his duties at Pierce, he has been very involved with coaching in the local club programs, most recently with the Washington Thunder. Edmonston is a graduate of Yakima Valley Community College, where he played on the football and golf teams. He recently retired from the Tacoma Police Department, following a distinguished career as a detective with the TPD.
Favorite quote: "The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare"