Marissa Valdez was a second-team All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference selection for the Comets in 2010 and hit .398 as a sophomore and in 2011 was a first-team All-PCAC pick on head coach Lacey Craft’s first Palomar team. Valdez was team MVP for the Comets, and also was a Scholar Athlete award winner
Valdez earned a softball scholarship to NCAA Division II Drury University in Springfield, Missouri where she played in 102 games and started 100 of them at second base during the 1012 and 2013 seasons. She was selected to the All-Great Lakes Valley Conference West second team and again received a Scholar Athlete award.
She was a student assistant coach for the Panthers during the 2014 season and will be beginning her fifth year as a Palomar assistant coach.
Valdez graduated from Drury with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise & Sport Science in 2014 and is a Master’s candidate in Physical Education at Fresno Pacific University, where she is scheduled to graduate in 2019.
Valdez is certified as a Personal Trainder by the American College of Sport Medicine and is certified as a by the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association as a Personal Fitness Trainer. She also is Bronze Olympic Weightlifting Certified, is an American Red Cross Certified Lifeguard, a Group X Fitness Instructor, is a Master Trainer at 24-Hour Fitness and was a 2017 NBC Sports – Next Olympic Hopeful Nominee.