Coaching Staff

Head Coach – Carlos Bernaldez

Carlos Alberto Bernaldez Perez a product of  Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico  was an assistant coach to the Mexican Women’s National Team, participating in multiple World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC)  sanctioned events,  prior given the opportunity to lead Mexico in the international arena in 2013, when he guided the program  to 6th place finish at the Pan American Games in Puerto Rico.

He has led Mexico Softball at all USA World Cup of Softball since 2015. Under his guidance in 2016 Mexico saw a 5th place finish, best result ever for Mexico at the WBSC World Championship that hosted 32 nations.

At the Pan American Games qualifying event in 2017 in Dominican Republic, Mexico was able to beat regional power houses USA & Canada, earning the silver medal at that event earning the country an entry for the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

In the last WBSC 2018 World Championship in Chiba, Japan, Mexico was able to finish in 6th place and the country currently ranks in 5th place at the WBSC world rankings, the best ranking ever for the country.

Under his guidance Mexico earned a silver medal at the 2018 Central American and the Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia.

He also has experience coaching in Mexican national tournaments winning the gold medal at the Mexican National Olympic Junior’s event in 2013. In addition to state championship performances for the 22 & 25 and under division, as well as National Champion in the 25 and under national tournament celebrated in Hermosillo, Sonora.

 

 

Pitching Coach – Carlos Caro

Coach Carlos Caro brings over 30 years of coaching experience coaching women’s and men’s softball to the Comets & Team Mexico partnership. In October 2013, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), and in May 2014, into the Cuban Hall of Fame.

Caro possesses experience coaching at the international level with Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. While coaching the Dominican Republic team, he won a Gold Medal at the XIII Central American and the Caribbean Games in 2006 in Cartagena, Columbia; The only Gold Medal the country has earned while competing in international competitions until then. While working with the Puerto Rico National Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Cup in Harlem, Holland 2014; The Central American Games in Veracruz, Mexico 2014, and the Pan-American Games in Toronto in 2015, earning a 7th WBSC world ranking at the time.

Currently, he is the Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for the Mexican National Team, a journey that started in 2014 with a 5th place finish at the WBSC 2016 World Championship in Surrey, Vancouver, Canada, and a Silver Medal at the WBSC 2017 Pan-American & World Championship qualifier in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where the Mexican National Team posted its first ever victories over Team Canada and the USA.

At the collegiate level, Coach Caro guided Miami Dade College to its first and only JNCAA National Championship win in 2010 and National Championship appearances in 2007, 2010 and 2011; The only appearances Miami Dade College has had since the program started in 1997.

In his tenure as Head Coach for Miami Dade College, the program won eight different tournaments in his five-year tenure. Among them were the NJCAA-FSCAA State Championship in 2011 and the NCAA-FSCAA Atlantic Champions in 2007, 2010 and 2011. While coaching at MDC, the team held above a 3.0 GPA and several players were named All-American athletes as well as Academic All-Americans.

 

Assistant Coach – Erika Bennett

Erika Bennett joined the coaching staff on Team Mexico & Comets partnership after successful carrier as a player, participating with Mexico in several World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) sanctioned events from 2013 to 2018.

Bennett’s talent was also noticed by the Mexican National Team, where she has represented Mexico since 2013. Her first appearance for Mexico was at the 2013 Pan American Classic in Puerto Rico. Later that year, Bennett recorded the lowest ERA of any pitcher at the Cuba Invitational. The Arizona native has helped Mexico to a fifth-place finish at the 2014 World Cup, a fourth-place finish at the 2014 Canada Cup and fourth place finish at the Central American and Caribbean Games. Bennett played in the 2015 and 2016 World Cup, Canada Cup, and World Cup.

She joined Yavapai College softball staff in July of 2018, she will take on the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator role. Bennett joins the Roughriders after spending one year at University of Texas at El Paso as a pitching coach.

Prior to UTEP, Bennett spent two years in Southwest Florida at Florida Gulf Coast University. In her first season, Bennett’s expertise helped lower FGCU’s team ERA from 3.04 in 2015 to 2.81. Led by the Atlantic Sun’s Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year, Riley Randolph, the Eagles posted the second-lowest ERA in the conference.

Bennett’s second season at FGCU witnessed yet another strong performance in the circle, with Taylor Wade posting a career year and Riley Randolph remaining one of the strongest pitchers in the league. The Eagles’ team ERA remained below 3.00 at 2.83, with Randolph recording a 2.06 ERA to end the season.

Before joining FGCU coaching staff, Bennett spent one year at the Junior College level in Dodge City, Kansas. As an assistant coach at Dodge City Community College, Bennett oversaw pitching, outfield, strength and conditioning. While there, the Conquistadors compiled 149 strikeouts.

Prior to her coaching career, Bennett led Miami Dade College to the NJCAA Division I National Title in 2010 while earning tournament MVP honors. She went 4-0 in the tournament and accumulated an 0.54 ERA, 32 K in 26.0 IP, 1-hit shutout in title game vs. Wallace State CC. In two years at MDC, Bennett compiled a 47-8 record, receiving All-America accolades, culminating with a season in which she earned six conference, regional and national awards.

She then transferred to Marshall for her junior and senior seasons, where she posted six wins while appearing primarily as a relief pitcher. During her senior season, Bennett finished with a 2.26 ERA and a 4-1 record. She ended her career with a 3.21 ERA and 86 strikeouts, while holding batters to a .241 average.

Bennett graduated from Marshall in 2012 with a Bachelors in Business Administration. She later received her masters from Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio in 2014.

Originally from Hereford, Arizona, Bennett now resides in Prescott Valley.