Head Coach: Elaine Martinez
Elaine Martinez took over the El Camino College softball head coaching position in 2011 after serving as head softball coach at Pasadena City College from 2007 to 2010. During her time coaching at Pasadena, Martinez helped lead the Lancers to a championship at the Golden West Tournament in 2009, the first in school history.
Martinez also helped produce two Division I softball players and two NAIA players, one of her proudest accomplishments.
Martinez played softball at Rosemead High School and was named the female Student Athlete of the Year in 2000. She was an All San Gabriel Valley First Team selection in 2000 and was named the Mission Valley League Most Valuable Player that same year.
After high school, Martinez moved on to play at PCC under her mentor, Sandi Iverson. Martinez continued to excel academically as she was named PCC’s Student Athlete of the Year in 2002. Also in 2020, she was the first player in PCC history to be named to the COA Pepsi Scholar Honor Roll.
On the field, Martinez was the pitching ace for the Lancers for two seasons (2001-2002), winning 32 games. Martinez became PCC’s all-time strikeout leader with 272. In 2002, Martinez broke the single-season strikeout record as she racked up an astonishing 166 K’s. The records would stand for three years before both were both broken in 2005 by Sarah Sherman.
After her record year, Martinez transferred to the University of La Verne where she would earn her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. Martinez graduated cum laude with a 3.74 grade point average and was inducted into Alpha Gamma Sigma, an honor society for the top 20 percent of the class.
On the field, Martinez continued her stellar play and was named to the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Second Team in 2004.
After college, Martinez returned to PCC in 2005 and worked as an assistant coach under Iverson. In 2007, Martinez took over the head coaching job when Iverson retired. It was the same year she received her Master of Science degree in physical education from Azusa Pacific University.
Assistant: Melissa Sanchez
Assistant softball coach Melissa Sanchez grew up in Rosemead with ECC head coach Elaine Martinez. Sanchez played for numerous travel teams through the ages of 12-17 and also played at Rosemead High School with Martinez.
Sanchez made the varsity team as a freshman and played first, second, and third base. She made All League First Team in her sophomore and senior years. In her senior year, Sanchez led Los Angeles County with 13 home runs and was named the Mission Valley League MVP.
After graduating from Rosemead High School, Sanchez received a scholarship to attend the University of California at Riverside in 2002. She played on the softball team for four years and made All Big West First Team from 2004-06. Sanchez holds the single-season record at UCR for games played (63), and slugging percentage (.744). Sanchez also set career records with runs scored (105), hits (199), home runs (26), RBIs (116), walks (127), and on-base percentage (.466).
Sanchez graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2006 and then played four seasons of professional softball for the International Softball Federation. She has served as an assistant coach for the Rosemead Lady Hawks and So Cal Bombers travel teams and was the head coach at Pasadena’s Westridge School in 2008 and 2009. In 2010 Sanchez served as the hitting instructor for San Marino High School.
When she is not coaching softball, Sanchez works as an EMT and a substitute teacher. She has worked with children and teens since she was 16, working as a recreation leader and at group homes with young women. Sanchez loves to volunteer and give back to the community whenever possible.