Head softball coach Tom Tice captures his 300th Rosary victory

Today's milestone victory is just one in a series of Coach Tice's many accomplishments. He is in his twentieth season as a Rosary softball coach.

Tom Tice was the OC Register Softball Coach of the Year in both 1995 and 2000. He has led the Royals to seven league titles in 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, and  2005. They were CIF runners-up in 1998 and two-time CIF semifinalists. He was  an  assistant coach from 2007 to 2010. In his 15 years as head coach he has 300 wins, 12 playoff appearances, and nine 20-win seasons.

Coach Tice is an alumnus of Servite High School in Anaheim. He was awarded both his BA and MA in English from California State University, Fullerton and also earned a master's degree in non-profit administration from Notre Dame. Coach Tice is currently an English teacher here at Rosary, and has previously coached golf for the Royals.
 
The Rosary community is very proud of Coach Tice, and looks forward to many more milestones, victories, and exciting competitions for him and the young women he leads!
 
Memories
from Coach Tice:
Saturday I had the satisfaction of notching my 300th win as head coach at Rosary. My 100th win was a 19-inning 1st round CIF playoff game in 1998 vs. Rancho Alamitos. Senior Christy Ledford (Chapman) pitched 12 innings, and freshman Mallory Anderson (Hawaii Pacific) went the final 7 as we won 1-0 on a wild pitch! My 200th was in 2003, in a league game vs. Santa Margarita. Lizzie Hagen (Pacific) hit for the cycle in order (a "natural" cycle), the homer being a grand slam to provide the final margin of victory in a 10-0 victory.
 
After stepping back after 2006 with 267 wins, and resuming in 2011, it's taken two seasons and three games to reach this milestone. Of course it had to be a white-knuckle thrill ride of a 1-0 game, our only run scoring after Kaitlin Fitzgerald caught the defense sleeping to steal a base, and Marissa Meyer blasted her home with a two-out double. Even though we're a team loaded with college signees, I love the fact that this milestone was achieved Saturday by a girl who has yet to decide if she even wants to play in college. Plus, she's playing out of position and doing an amazing job without complaint. Players like Marissa -- selfless, tough, intelligent -- have been the hallmark of my 20 years at Rosary. . . . and will continue to be.
 
 
Game photos to the right courtesy of Ritchie Kato
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