Cal Poly Humboldt Welcomes Megan Corriea as New Head Softball Coach

Head Softball Coach Megan Corriea
On Jan. 5, Nick Pettit, Cal Poly Humboldt Athletics Director, announced the hiring of Megan Corriea as the new Head Softball Coach. Corriea possesses two decades of coaching experience and most recently served as the head softball coach since 2007 at Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC) in Coos Bay, Oregon, posting a record of 486-207.

"Megan Corriea is an outstanding fit for our university, athletic department, and community and we are excited to welcome her back to Arcata," said Pettit. "As a former Lumberjack player and coach, Megan understands the strong traditions of the program and is committed to academic excellence and a desire to create a championship culture and experience for our student-athletes which made her the clear choice for Cal Poly Humboldt."

Corriea is coming off an impressive season at Southwestern Oregon, as she led the softball team to their first ever Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) Elite 8 Softball Championship, finishing with a record of 47-3. Corriea and her staff were selected as the NWAC Coach/Coaching Staff of the Year as voted upon by the conference coaches. She is also a 4x National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Coach of the Year (2023, 2021, 2017, 2012), and her coaching staff have earned NFCA National Staff of the Year in 2023, 2021, and 2012. 

During her time at SWOCC, Corriea was also the Recreation Center Director. Corriea also served as the NWAC Commissioner and held a seat on the NFCA National Committee. 

Prior to her stint with the Lakers at SWOCC, Corriea was an assistant coach for Cal Poly Humboldt from August 2001 to May 2003 under legendary head coach Frank Cheek. The Lumberjacks were Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) champions both seasons. She also spent time as the Athletic Director and Commissioner for the Albuquerque Parochial and Independent Sports Athletic League as well as the assistant softball coach for St. Pius High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Corriea's playing career began at Elk Grove High School, where she was a three-year starter and earned First Team All-Delta Conference honors on two occasions. After graduating from Elk Grove, Corriea continued her playing career in the Sacramento area, as she was an All-Bay Valley Conference center fielder for Sacramento City College. Corriea then went on to start at Division I University of Louisiana at Monroe for one season. After deciding to transfer, Corriea landed at Humboldt  in 2000, where she played two seasons as center fielder. During her playing tenure at Humboldt, Corriea was selected twice to the All-West Region Tournament Team and placed 3rd in the 2001 NCAA National Tournament.

"I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to coach at Humboldt," stated Corriea. "Being an alumni I have a great deal of pride for the softball program and the university. I hope that I can continue and add to the strong tradition of the softball program. It was a major part of my life and I take great pride in being able to give back. I will always be grateful for my time at Southwestern Oregon CC and I will never forget all the people who have helped me grow while in Coos Bay. It was not an easy decision to leave such a great group of young women, but I know they will be in good hands with Coach Benoit at SWOCC. I look forward to the next chapter in my coaching career and making an impact at Cal Poly Humboldt."

Megan graduated from Humboldt with a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology in 2001. She also earned a Master's degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine in 2012.