Bailey Castro begins her second season on the Palm Beach Atlantic softball coaching staff as an assistant coach for the 2017 season.
Helped guide the team to a 34-14 finish in her first year as an assistant coach in 2016.
Castro is expected to assist Coach Kimmy Bloemers in all aspects of the PBA softball program while gaining valuable experience along the way in her first coaching stint.
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.
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.