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) santioned 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