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Coaching Staff




Head Coach Tom Tice


Coach Tice has more than twenty seasons as a Rosary softball coach.


He 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 twice semifinalists. He was an assistant coach from 2007 to 2010. In his twenty-one years as Head Coach he has almost 400 wins, sixteen playoff appearances and eleven 20-win seasons.


Coach Tice is a Servite High School Friar. He was awarded both his BA and MA in English from California State University, Fullerton and also earned a Masters Degree in Non-Profit Administration at Notre Dame. Mr. Tice is currently the Athletic Director at Rosary Academy.


Tom lives in Placentia with his wife Maryanne, a Rosary graduate, and their three children, Emma, Aidan, and Abigail. Emma is a graduate of Marist College, Aidan is attending Fordham University and Abigail is a member of the Rosary Academy class of 2022!






George Engelage is an assistant varsity coach whose daughter Emma played softball for the Royals.  Between helping with fundraising at Rosary, attending events with daughter Emma '12 (a LMU graduate) and at University of Washington with daughter Erin '15, being the MVP for his wife Leslie, and running his railroad business, George manages to share his softball knowledge with the Royals.



Ted Lawton serves as an assistant coach for the Royals.  Long under the tutelage of Coach Tice, this Rosary dad is honored to hear his number called and step forward for Rosary Academy.  His oldest daughter "Pepper" '14 was a four-year letter winner for the Red and Gold, and played softball for Georgetown University.  His youngest "JoJo" '18 is attending UC Davis.  Son Ryan graduated from Yorba Linda High School and he keeps things interesting with the smooth grooves of guitar and piano.  Coach Lawton graduated from Servite High School in '86 and is employed as a pulmonologist with St. Jude Heritage Medical Group in Fullerton.  A resident of Yorba Linda with his wife, Michael, he also coaches in the SoCal Athletics organization, loves to travel, and is trying to enjoy every minute of this wonderful life.



Darcie McClelland

An alumna from the class of 2003, Darcie is entering her second season coaching the Royals.  While pitching for the Royals, Darcie earned League Pitcher of the Year, All CIF, All County, and All State honors and set many of the school’s pitching records.  After graduating from Rosary, she played two years of Division I collegiate softball and earned her Bachelor’s in Biology from University of San Diego (2007).  She then earned her PhD in Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology from University of California, Riverside (2014) studying the effects of a diabetic environment on the early stages of embryonic development.  After realizing her true passion for science education, Darcie switched gears from the research lab to the classroom and currently works as an Assistant Professor of Biology at El Camino College in Torrance helping to groom the next generation of science scholars. 

Darcie is incredibly grateful to Rosary Academy and to the game of softball for teaching her many of the skills and character traits that have helped her to be successful in her career as a scientist and educator and she looks forward to sharing many of these lessons with the current Rosary softball players.