Girls varsity softball has big shoes to fill


Daniel Friis

The Jim Liggett field is the varsity girls softball home field.

Daniel Friis, Segment Producer

On April 12, 2016, former varsity softball head coach, Jim Liggett made history when he won his 1000th career high school softball game.

Liggett, who had coached at Carlmont High School for 41 years, led the Scots to 28 league championships and had 40 of his players receive scholarships to play in college.

After his 1000th win, coach Liggett finished his last season coaching the girls varsity softball team to a second place finish in CCS, losing to San Benito High School in the championship.

Throughout his career, Coach Liggett was a great coach and role model for the varsity softball team.

“It was an honor to play for someone that is so well known in the community and to help him achieve his 1000th win,” said sophomore Kate Berce.

However, on Jan. 30, it was time for the varsity softball team to put the past behind them, and go after another championship. This time with a new coach.

Marco Giuliacci has been coaching softball for 15 years. He co-founded the NorCal Blast, and he has coached the Carlmont JV softball team for the previous two years. This year, he is the new head coach for the girls varsity team.

Giuliacci is aware of the legacy coach Liggett left behind, but he is eager to meet the challenge and effectively take over the team.

“It’s an amazing honor. I really respect coach Liggett. I know I have big shoes to fill but I think I can, and promise to carry on the Carlmont softball tradition,” said Giuliacci. “I think we can play as a team—win League, win CCS and finish in the top 25 rankings nationally. The team will do great.”

“I think we will do well this season. We have a lot of talent and Marco is a great coach who is determined to take us far.”

— Mailey McLemore

Although Liggett was well-liked amongst his players, Giuliacci has been a great leader to play under so far for the team.

“It’s honestly fun. He’s done a great job coming in and I feel that everyone really enjoys him as a coach which makes everyone else enjoy the game,” said Mailey McLemore, a junior.

The Lady Scots will start their first league game on March 21 against Notre Dame at Carlmont High School.