Terri Pearson-Bloom enters her 10th season at Solano having won 238 games.
Pearson-Bloom brings a wealth of knowledge about the game of softball and has turned the Solano program into one of the most respected in Northern California. Pearson-Bloom led the Falcons to consecutive Bay Valley Conference championships in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. In 2009 Solano went 15-1 in conference games and 25-10 overall earning a regional berth. In 2008 Solano went 17-1 in conference play and 31-19 overall, earning a play-off berth and Coach Pearson-Bloom was named BVC Coach of the Year. In 2007, Solano went 33-18 overall and 20-4 in conference games, earning a regional berth. In 2006, the team finished with a 23-1 mark in conference games and a 31-14 record overall, earning a regional berth. Coach Pearson-Bloom was named BVC Coach of the Year.
In 2005, Solano finished 29-13-1 overall, finishing 2nd in the BVC and earning a regional playoff berth. In 2004, the Falcons finished the season with a 22-14 overall record. In 2003, Pearson-Bloom's Falcons posted a 25-19 record. In 2002, the Falcons finished 18-19, 13-9 in conference, good enough for a third place finish in the Gold Division. In her first season at Solano, she led the Falcons to a 24-15 overall record, claiming first place in the Silver Division with a 7-3 record. The team finished with a 13-4 conference record and earned a regional berth.
Pearson-Bloom continues to make academics a priority and Solano Softball continues to be ranked in the top 25 nationally in overall team GPA. Solano sets the standard in the Bay Valley Conference with one of the best academic and athletic programs around. 8 out the past 9 years one or more players have earned NFCA Academic All-Americans, the most prestigious academic award in college softball.
Before coming to Solano, Pearson-Bloom served as the head coach for one year with the Virginia Roadsters of the Women's Professional Softball League during the 1999-2000 season where her team finished second place in the regular season. Pearson-Bloom was selected to coach in the All-Star Game.
Pearson-Bloom's coaching career began at St. Mary's College in Moraga where she served as an assistant from 1995-96. She moved on to the University of Tennessee and was an assistant for the Lady Vols for 2.5 seasons (1997-99). She was a standout player at Cal State Northridge where she led the team to four regional appearances and three World Series appearances while batting leadoff and playing in the outfield. In her final season at Northridge, the team advanced to the national championship game where it eventually lost to Arizona.
Pearson-Bloom's list of former players includes Nebraska assistant coach Jennifer Kline, Northridge coach Barbara Jordan, Stanford assistant Trisha Dean and UNLV assistant Sara Pickering. While at Solano, Pearson-Bloom hopes to help her players achieve their potential on the field and in the classroom. The Solano staff emphasizes fundamentals and teaches the mechanics, skills and strategies to help them succeed both as a player and a coach.
She earned her bachelor's degree in Speech Communication from Northridge and her masters in Physical Education from Western Illinois. While at Tennessee, she began working on another masters degree in Sports Psychology.
Pearson-Bloom and her husband, Andy, live in Dixon with their three children, Samantha, 7, Cailin, 6 and Nathan, who will be 3 in July.
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Cheryl Mitchell, Assistant Coach
Cheryl Mitchell is in her first year with the Solano softball program. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the already successful program.
Cheryl has experience coaching all levels of softball – from high school varsity programs to training Olympic Athletes. Her role with Solano will be to train current athletes and recruit future student-athletes.
She currently gives private lessons and clinics on fastpitch. Cheryl graduated from Vacaville High in 1988 and earned a full athletic scholarship to play at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She also played at Sacramento State. She returned to Northern California and was named coach at Hogan High in Vallejo where she was named the Vallejo Times-Herald All-Region Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1994. She was a high school varsity coach for six years.
Cheryl decided to try her hand at coaching in college and became the assistant coach at Cal State East Bay before being named the pitching coach at Cal State Northridge. When that wasn't enough, Cheryl began to train softball players for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and she coached internationally during that time as well to prepare teams for the Olympic Games.
As a three-time ASA Women's National Champion and an ASA Women's All-American, Cheryl has extensive international and collegiate experience. She also played for the United States in China and for the South Australian Sports Institute.
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Nicole Hervey, Assistant Coach
Nicole Hervey joins the Solano coaching staff after completing her academic and athletic career at Mid-Continent University in Mayfield, Kentucky.
Hervey, who played at Solano from 2004-05, was named the Kentucky-Iowa Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year as a junior. As a senior, she was named a TranSouth Scholar Athlete, an NCCAA Academic All-American and a member of the NCCAA Mid-East All-Regional Team.
She earned her bachelor's of arts in psychology and counseling. Prior to coming to Solano, Nicole played four years of softball at Armijo High in Fairfield.
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Sherry Clark, Assistant Coach
Sherry Clark is in her first year coaching at Solano Community College. Clark, a Solano alumni, attended the California State University at Sacramento where she completed both her academic and athletic career.
Clark, who played at Sac State from 2007-09, was named second team all conference in 2007. During the 2008 season, Clark lead her team with a batting average of .400 and was the leader in doubles before a knee injury ended her season. Clark returned and completed her athletic career in 2009 as a fifth year senior.
From 2005-2006 Clark was the starting shortstop for Solano Community College. In her sophomore year Clark lead the team with a .469 batting average, an amazing 63 RBI, and a team leading 9 HR, 19 2B, and 5 3B. She also had a golden glove for the Falcons committing only 5 errors on the season with a .970 fielding %. She was named Bay Valley Conference Most Valuable Player and made the All-state team.
Clark has a Bachelor's of Arts degree in organizational communication. Prior to coming to Solano, Clark played four years on the varsity squad for Vallejo High School in Vallejo where she was an all-conference selection her senior year.
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Lisa Abbott, Assistant Coach
Lisa Abbott joins the Solano coaching staff and returns to Solano County after spending two years as an assistant coach at Dakota Wesleyan University, an NAIA school.
Lisa, a 2000 graduate of Fairfield High, played college softball at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where she hit leadoff and played in the outfield. She earned her bachelor's of arts in liberal studies. She played one season of professional softball with the National Professional Fastpitch's Nebraska Comets.
Lisa began work on her master's degree in education while at DWU. She also spends her extra time coaching with the California Tornadoes, a local fastpitch softball organization.