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 5mglf_willThurston Named Head Softball Coach. Moorpark College has named Will Thurston its Head Softball Coach.  Thurston, entering his 31st year of coaching at MC, returns to the sport he headed with great success for 10 years. In his earlier stint as Moorpark's softball coach, Thurston was named WSC Coach of the Year seven times. His WSC softball record stands at115-12 (.905), with nine WSC Championships in 10 years.   The Raiders finished third in the state in 1989 and fifth in 1990.  In 2001, Thurston was inducted into the CCCAA Women's Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

"While our softball program has been strong recently , evidenced by a WSC championship last year, Coach Thurston's re-taking over the program really sets the stage for Moorpark to be an elite state power in softball for years to come," said Athletic Director Howard Davis. 

"It is a real privilege for me to return to the Moorpark College softball program as head coach," said Thurston.

"My past experience as their coach was incredible, and I want to help out the current and future student athletes to share in the same type of success that I enjoyed." 

Last season, the Raiders were Softball Western State Conference Champions for the first time since 2002. 

Most recently, Thurston has served the college as its Head Men's Golf Coach.  In that role, he guided the Raiders to the 2008 Southern California Championship, His teams qualified for the CCCAA State Championship tournament in three of his nine years.  He is a full-time physical education instructor at the college.