Kamekona hires Quiocho to complete softball staff

BREVARD, N.C. – Head softball coach Amanda Kamekona has filled out her coaching staff for the 2015 season with the hiring of fellow professional player Angeline Quiocho as an assistant coach.

Quiocho, who led the NCAA in home runs per game as a senior at Brigham Young University in 2010 and is known by the moniker “Q”, is in her fifth season of play in National Pro Fastpitch, the only professional softball league in America. The Pennsylvania Rebellion player was recently the feature of a lengthy ESPN article and is viewed around the league as the consummate professional and teammate.

“One of the biggest reasons that I jumped at the opportunity to ask if Q would be a member of my staff was primarily for all the intangibles that she brings,” Kamekona remarked. “Q is really good about putting team over self and placing everyone’s needs above her own.”

Kamekona and Quiocho were teammates for two years in previous iterations of the Rebellion franchise and have remained close despite playing on different teams this season. “Being with Amanda for a couple of years allowed her to see my style of play and how that would translate into coaching,” said Quiocho. “She told me I was her top choice for an outfield coach and that was a huge honor. I have the utmost respect for her. She has so much knowledge herself and is so talented. I can’t wait to learn from her.”

Quiocho brings previous coaching experience with her to Brevard. She has led a handful of travel ball teams and has served on a volunteer basis on coaching staffs both at the junior college level and at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. “She has a lot of insight on what it takes to be successful,” said Kamekona, “and is also a great hitter and outfielder. She has a lot of knowledge and personal skill and I think she’ll be a great fit at Brevard.”

Although she acknowledges that her playing days might not be done, Quiocho feels that now is the perfect time to transition into a full-time collegiate coaching position. “With this being my fifth season in the league, I wanted an opportunity to coach. It’s something I want to do for a living. I don’t know if I’m done in the NPF, but if not I know I’ll be ready for at least one more season after learning from and coaching alongside Amanda.”

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