Bailey Castro Signs On as Assistant Coach for Sailfish Softball
July 29, 2015
Written by: Michael Brown, Interim Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Palm Beach Atlantic head softball coach Kimmy Bloemers announced on Wednesday the addition of Bailey Castro as an assistant coach for the upcoming season. A four-year letter-winner at the University of Florida and a member of the Gators’ back-to-back national championship squads, Castro recently completed her bachelor’s degree at UF and will be pursuing her master’s degree while coaching with the Sailfish.
Castro is expected to assist Bloemers in all aspects of the PBA softball program while gaining valuable experience along the way in her first coaching stint.
“I am thankful and beyond excited that Bailey Castro will be my new assistant,” said Bloemers. “I watched her play as a teenager and throughout her collegiate career and I believe her qualities make her the perfect fit for this program. Her enthusiasm and dedication to the game of softball, her heart for the Lord, and her knowledge and experience as a champion will be a great asset to our team. I consider her an answer to prayer and I look forward to her meeting the team very soon. It is going to be a great year of Sailfish Softball.”
A native of Pembroke Pines, Fla., Castro is coming off a tremendous senior season in 2015 as she clubbed 17 homeruns for the Gators and head coach Tim Walton on her way to earning her degree in Sociology. She would go on to set career bests in batting average, at-bats, runs scored, homeruns, runs batted in, slugging percentage and on-base percentage as a senior.
Perhaps her hottest stretch of softball came during the 2014 season when she batted over .500 during her team’s run to their first-ever Women’s College World Series championship. Castro was recognized following the tournament by being named to the WCWS All-Tournament team.
“I’m very proud of Bailey to graduate in four years and earn an amazing opportunity at Palm Beach Atlantic,” said UF Coach Tim Walton. “To have an opportunity to get her master’s degree and give back to the game of softball is a tribute to her hard work and life goals.”
A solid student in the classroom in addition to her prowess on the field Castro was a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection while also being named to the SEC Freshman Honor Roll. She also took on a leadership role within the team by helping lead Bible studies for her teammates.
She got her feet wet in the areas of instruction and coaching by working several years with the UF Softball Camps as well as providing private instruction in her hometown.
Before suiting up in Gainesville Castro was a standout student-athlete at American Heritage High School while also playing for the Gold Coast Hurricanes travel team.
As a high school senior Castro was named the 3A Florida Player of the Year and one of 10 nominees for the MaxPreps National Softball Player of the Year Award in 2011. She was also selected as a two-time Sun Sentinel Player of the Year as she hit over .600 her final two seasons at American Heritage while smashing 28 total homeruns.
As a freshman and sophomore she helped guide American Heritage to back-to-back state championships, a feat she would repeat at the college ranks in her final two seasons with the Gators.
Palm Beach Atlantic finished the 2014 season with a 33-22 record and will begin their fall season in just a few short weeks.