UC Davis head coach Erin Thorpe completed her staff when she hired former Pacific softball standout Gina Carbonatto to her staff in August, 2016.
One of the most decorated alumni in Pacific's history, Carbonatto returned to her alma mater in 2015 for her second coaching stint in Stockton. Throughout her two-year tenure as the Tigers' top assistant, the West Coast Conference bestowed 10 all-conference awards to Carbonatto's players.
With Carbonatto on staff as a volunteer assistant in 2011 and 2012, Tiger hitters, and outfielders alike, flourished under her tutelage. During the '11 season, her instruction helped Pacific earn its first Big West Conference championship and post a 71-39 record.
Before returning to her alma mater in '11, she joined the Washington Huskies as a member of its coaching staff. In 2008, she was its volunteer assistant before the program selected her as one of its full-time assistants the following season.
In her first season in Seattle, UW advanced to the Regionals; the following year saw the Huskies win 51 games and finish the year as the No. 1 team in the nation by defeating Florida at the Women's College World Series. With those back-to-back victories against the Gators, Washington collected its first national title.
After the Huskies won a Pac-10 championship in 2010, Carbonatto returned to her alma mater to pursue a graduate degree three years after capping one of the most successful individual careers in program history.
During the 2004 season, her first as a Tiger, the Big West's Freshman Field Player of the Year also earned the first of four consecutive All-Big West first team selections. That year also marked the first of three occasions that the NFCA selected her as an All-American ('06, '07).
In the following seasons, the three-time team MVP ('04, '06, 07) and Most Inspirational Player recipient ('04, '05, '07) earned additional conference awards when the Big West named Carbonatto as its Player of the Year in 2006 and Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2007.
The two-time Academic All-Region selection ('06, '07) ended her career as the league's all-time leader in runs (178) and batting average (.401) -- a percentage that shattered Pacific's previous record of .333. By doing so, Carbonatto became the first Tiger to end her career with an average of .400 or above.
Due to her athletic and academic excellence as a student-athlete, her jersey is one of only two numbers retired by the program.
Once her undergraduate career concluded, Carbonatto played professionally as a member of the New England Riptide of National Pro Fastpitch League for two seasons. In 2007, she posted the team's third-highest batting average (.295); the Lake Stevens, Wash. native ended her second season as a pro with the team's second-highest runs (21), walks (18), stolen bases (7) and doubles totals (7).
Carbonatto, a six-time Dean's List honoree, graduated cum laude from Pacific in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in sport sciences. Six years later, she earned a master's in sport pedagogy.
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