Teacher Feature: John Wissmath

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COC Softball Head Coach John Wissmath has had a strong passion for softball ever since he was a freshman in high school. After his high school dropped baseball because the student population was to small, he switched to men’s fast-pitch softball where he has played in summer fast-pitch softball leagues ever since. Wissmath was a multi-sport athlete in high school playing baseball (for the first year), fast-pitch softball, football, basketball, and track. He later went to Shasta College and continued to play in fast-pitch summer leagues.

Wissmath knew he wanted to coach women’s softball, so when he went to Chico State, he was offered a job to coach the pitchers. He coached at Chico State for 2 years before leaving to be an assistant at Butte College.  Two years later, he became the head coach at Butte College where he coached for 12 years. After his stay at Butte, Wissmath later became the head softball coach at College of the Canyons.

Wissmath will do anything for his girls at COC. His goals are to get his girls to the next level of softball. In addition to coaching the girls on the field, he coaches them about life as well.  He wants his players to be all-around people as well as being athletes.  He coaches them on all aspects of the game, and prepares them to take their talents to the next level.

Coach Wissmath is excited for the next season after just missing out on playoffs this season.  The softball finished 3rd in the conference, but were only 2 games back from first place.  They should be an exciting team next year as they look to bring a conference championship back to COC.

John Wissmath now lives in Santa Clarita with his wife and two kids. He continues to play in men’s fast-pitch leagues to this day.