Nick Schepperle, a former Burroughs coach with a wealth of experience, is the Indians' new coach.
Providence lost a successful coach when Maggie Boozel stepped down. Along with compiling a 60-27 record (.700 winning percentage), Boozel and assistant coach Jay Creps helped guide the Pioneers to two consecutive Liberty League championships and three straight CIF Southern Section Division V quarterfinal appearances, as well as cultivate players who have gone on to earn all-league and All-CIF accolades.
Taking her place is Latisha Hernandez, who played at Cal State San Bernardino and at Paraclete High.
Along with the new coaches, three teams also join new leagues: Burbank and Burroughs go from the Foothill League to the Pacific League and Bell-Jeff jumps from the Sunshine League to the Santa Cruz League.
Here is how the teams are shaping up:
Although the Bulldogs have a new coach, most of the team is returning from last season from a group went 14-9 (2-8 and tied for fifth in league).
"We have almost the entire team back, along with a few who have come up from [junior varsity] and two new freshmen," Jones said. "They have the experience and we have some players with talent."
One of the squad's key returners is sophomore Kristin Peraza, who had a breakout season a year ago. The second-team all-league selection helped the team go 12-2 to start the season. Peraza went 14-8 with a 0.92 earned-run average and had 185 strikeouts in 137 2/3 innings.
Freshman Megan Schafer will back up Peraza in the circle.
"Kristin can be a dominant pitcher," Jones said. "We are hoping she will have an even better season this year."
Also returning is sophomore second-team all-league infielder Daisy Beltran, who led the team in hitting with a .340 average in 2006.