Assistant Coach-Softball

DeWight Byron
Assistant Softball Coach

DeWight Byron is originally from SpringfieldMissouri, but grew up in Colorado Springs. He attended ColoradoNorthwesternCommunity College where he earned his A.A. degree and went on to earn his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at New MexicoHighlandsUniversity. After coaching softball and baseball at NMHU, he joined the MesaCommunity College staff as the Head Softball Coach in 1996 and has served in administrative capacities as well.

In his 12 year tenure, Byron recorded 429 wins after completing the 2008 season. Byron was named Coach of the Year in 2000, led his teams to (10) NJCAA top Ten National Rankings, (10) consecutive appearances in the ACCAC Region I Division II Playoffs, (8) ACCAC Division II Regional Tournament Runner up Finishes, (1) ACCAC Division I Regional Tournament Runner up Finish, had (44) ACCAC All Conference & All Region Players, (4) NJCAA All Americans, and Transferred Over (70) Student Athletes to a NCAA Division I, II & NAIA Institutions.

Claudia Lopez
Assistant Softball Coach

Claudia Lopez returns for her third season on the Central Arizona coaching staff, serving as a pitching coach. Prior to coming to Central Arizona College, Lopez was at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas from 2005-2009, where she served as the assistant softball coach and a lecturer for the Kinesiology Department. At Angelo State, Lopez was honored along with head coach Travis Scott as part of the NCAA Division II Coaching Staff of the Year in 2007, 2008, and 2009 after leading the Rambelles to their third NCAA D-II South Central Regional title.

A former athlete of Angelo State, Lopez completed her softball career in 2004 after winning the National Championship Title, earning MVP honors and being selected to the all- tournament team at the NCAA Division II World Series. Lopez earned the 2004 Lone Star Conference South Pitcher of the Year award after leading the LSC in strikeouts and victories. She was also named LSC all-academic team with a 3.5 grade point average. Lopez retired with most of the ASU career pitching records to her credit, including the record for wins (49), innings pitched (377.1), strikeouts (386), shutouts (16) ,games (76), and games started (62).

Lopez was a two time Third Team All American for Eastern Arizona College in 2001 and 2002. She was on the NJCAA Division I All West Region and Lousiville Slugger teams. She led the conference in strikeouts both seasons at EAC.

Lopez holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in kinesiology from Angelo State University. She also serves as adjunct faculty for the Physical Education Department. Lopez has a two year old Adan Estevan.

Cat Moreno
Assistant Softball Coach

Cat Moreno is in her 4th year as assistant coach of Central Arizona College. She was also assistant to Pete Palomarez at Sunnyside High School in Tucson, Az for 2 years and helped them to a state title in 2007. Cat is responsible for outfielders and is involved in recruiting. Cat started her college softball career here at Central Arizona College in 2001-2002. She made a name for herself as a power hitting setting school records both years here with 17 homeruns her freshmen year and 19 her sophomore year with total of 36.After leaving Central Arizona College she finished her career at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Tx. Cat was part of the only national championship team in 2004. Was an All-American her junior and senior years and set a NCAA for most walks with 81 and a .664 slugging percentage.


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