After serving this past season as the assistant coach, Elsa Cocker has been promoted to the head softball coach position following a national search.
“We are very happy to have Coach Cocker as our new head softball coach,” Director of Athletics Mark Coleman said. “She was a talented player and brings Lone Star Conference (LSC) experience and success to the program.”
Cocker helped lead the Lady Mustangs into their first season in the LSC in 2017 and prior to that she was the assistant coach at Trinity Valley Community College for two seasons. She began her coaching career as an assistant at Angelo State.
“I am beyond excited and blessed to be named as the head softball coach for the Lady Mustangs. It’s a great time to be a part of the Lady Mustangs program here at WNMU,” Cocker said. “I am honored to be part of one of the toughest conferences in the nation and play against a mentor of mine. I can’t explain how happy and excited I am to be a part of something bigger than myself. It’s an honor, a privilege and I can’t wait to lead the Lady Mustangs.”
Cocker brings an impressive playing career to the table as she was a standout player at LSC powerhouse Angelo State for two seasons. Her first season with the Rambelles came during the 2011 campaign as she compiled a .290 batting average, 12 doubles, three home runs and 33 RBI in starting all 59 games. It was a breakout senior season for her as she led the team with a blistering .424 batting average, along with 70 hits, nine home runs, 11 doubles and 52 RBI in starting all 59 games once again. Angelo State went 48-11 and advanced to the South Central Super Regional.
The honors poured in for Cocker as she was selected to the LSC First-Team All-Conference, LSC Player of the Year, First-Team All-American as a third baseman and LSC Female Athlete of the Year. Before finishing her career in San Angelo, Cocker played her first two collegiate seasons at Midland College where she was named a Two-Time First-Team All-Conference selection, All-Region Players, Team Defensive Player of the Year and in her final season she took home Third-Team All-American honors.