Tarr Adds Carbonatto to Coaching Staff

Aug. 18, 2008

SEATTLE - University of Washington head softball coach Heather Tarr announced today Gina Carbonatto will join the Husky coaching staff for the 2008-09 season.

Carbonatto, who spent the 2008 season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Huskies, will primarily work with the outfielders and brings with her expertise on the short game.

'I think Gina is one of the best young coaches out there,' Tarr said. 'She knows our system and has proven in her year as a volunteer that she's an effective coach. She has a magnetic personality and that, combined with her playing experience at the highest levels, enables her to communicate her knowledge of the game very well.'

Carbonatto, who has spent the last two summers playing in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league, graduated from the University of the Pacific in 2007, where she was a three-time All-American center fielder for the Tigers and played one year under Tarr when she served as UOP's associate head coach.

As a senior, Carbonatto led the Tigers in batting with a .400 average and a program-record 78 hits, on her way to being named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America Third Team. She also finished the year with a 1.000 fielding percentage, scored 58 runs - which tied the Big West single season record - and drove in 45 runs.

Carbonatto owns the program's all-time record with 280 career hits, a number that ranks No. 2 all-time in Big-West Conference history. She is both the Tigers' and the Big West's career leader in runs scored with 178 and is also the Tigers' all-time leader in career batting average. She finished with a career average of .401, shattering the previous record of .333.

As a junior, Carbonatto earned second team All-American honors, in addition to being named the 2006 Big West Conference Co-Field Player of the Year and a First Team All-West Region selection.

Following the conclusion of her sophomore year, she was named a First Team All-Big West selection and a NFCA Second Team All-West Region pick.

Carbonatto started her career for the Tigers in record-setting fashion, establishing a then single-season program record of 71 base hits and a .449 batting average. Following the season, she was named the Big West Conference Freshman Field Player of the Year and became the first Pacific freshman to earn NFCA All-America First Team honors.

'I'm very excited about the opportunity,' Carbonatto said of joining the staff full time. 'There's nothing better than coming home and working for such a great program and working with extremely talented players at an incredible program. I'm thrilled and I feel blessed to be back home.'

A native of Lake Stevens, Wash., Carbonatto just finished her second stint with the New England Riptide of the NPF. She finished her first season with a .295 batting average, which was third-best on the team. This season, she finished second on the team in runs scored (21), doubles (5), walks (18) and stolen bases (7).

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