Bruce Lenington joined the university as the Softball Head Coach in July 2019. Lenington comes to OLLU after an assistant coach stint at Michigan State University.
Lenington boasts a long career at the high school, national travel ball, NAIA and NCAA D1 levels.
He joined NCAA D1 Michigan State softball head coach Jacquie Joseph in August 2018 as assistant coach and worked primarily with hitting and overall defense after spending one season at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.
In 2016, Lenington, a native of the Detroit metro area, was hired as an assistant to help lead NAIA Lawrence Tech University (LTU) in its inaugural season. The Blue Devils became the first LTU program to reach the postseason conference tournament in their first year of existence finishing with a record of 22-28.
Lenington also served as the head coach at Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division 1 Novi High School and led one of the most remarkable turnarounds in recent memory. Prior to his hiring in 2013, Novi's last winning season was in 2001. After his hiring, the Wildcats enjoyed four consecutive winning seasons, including conference and district championships in 2014 and 2015 respectively. He also owned and operated the Michigan Lookouts, a travel softball training and recruitment service, from 2011-2017, where he assisted more than 60 student-athletes realize their dreams of playing college softball. In 2013, his 18U team finished in the top 10 at the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) "A" National Tournament in Salem, Va. - one of the best finishes for any Michigan team prior to that time.
Lenington has held camps and clinics throughout the country for players at all levels including youth and college athletes. He began his coaching career at the high school level in Filer, Idaho, in 1992, where his teams made several final four finishes and won the 1995 State Championship.
Lenington and his wife, Paula, have three children: daughters Jordan and Ashley, both former college softball players, and son Conner.
Alexandra Garcia was born in Alexandria, Va. She was raised on the Southside of San Antonio, then later moved to the Northwest side of the city, where she attended William Howard Taft High School. She played softball for Taft Coach Scott Libby for three years (now the head coach at Texas A&M International University), and in her senior year, she transferred to Sandra Day O'Connor High School in Helotes, Texas.
Garcia’s coaching career began as a player at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, where she taught children of all ages at camps. She began assistant coaching national select teams for nearly a decade and has enjoyed much success while holding strong to her faith. Faith, family and character are the utmost priorities for her student-athletes to genuinely learn. These core values are consistent in her teaching/coaching and mentoring philosophy.
Her mother and father are Donna and Jerry Garcia, and her younger siblings are Jakob and Lyllian Garcia. She enjoys spending time with her nine-year-old miniature dachshund Jaida Rae.
Jody Armijo Jr. is a San Antonio native, who has played and coached men’s fast-pitch softball at the national and international level for more than 20 years. Armijo has also coached multiple sports at the high-school level but says, “his passion has always been fast-pitch softball.”
A product of his surroundings, he had early exposure to the game from his father’s team, the San Antonio Compared. Traveling with his father’s team gave him the opportunity to see how intensely competitive the sport was, and he became a student of the game. The basis and philosophy of the game he attributes to his father and the many other characters who would ultimately shape his coaching style.
As a player, he felt privileged, honored and lucky to say he had a chance to play with and against some of the world’s best. He feels even luckier to say he was able to help develop players not just in the game of fast-pitch softball but as humans.
Nicholas Espinoza joined the Our Lady of the Lake University softball coaching staff at the beginning of the 2019-2020 academic year. He has coached a variety of ages for more than 15 years and is excited about the opportunity to assist in building collegiate athletes.
An alumnus of OLLU, Espinoza, earned his master’s in business and is in the process of finishing his PhD in leadership studies. Espinoza has a strong tie to the community and the school and has volunteered in a variety of programs from service with adults to assisting youth in sports.
Eloy Pacheco joined the Our Lady of the Lake University coaching staff at the beginning of the 2019-2020 academic year. He has coached a variety of ages from football to baseball and softball for more than 10 years and has competed in Colorado, Georgia, Oklahoma and Florida with some of the best softball competition in the nation.
An Alumni of Poteet High School in Poteet, Texas, he attended Texas State University studying Kinesiology. Coaching has always been his passion. He started at JYSF in Converse, Texas, to Tri-City League in Universal City, Texas. Pacheco has been coaching Travel/Select softball since 2012 and is currently coaching at the 18U Level.
Pacheco is married with three children and lives in the San Antonio area.