San Diego Thunder was founded in the 90’s by John Diego. His run of teams eventually ran out and in 1998 I asked for and was granted permission to assume the Thunder name. I formed a start up team at that time and had the only Thunder team in San Diego. In 1999 we won our first ASA Class A National championship at 12U, finished 5th in 2000 at 14U, and won the ASA National Championship again in 2001 at 14U. In 2001 we were voted ‘Team of the Year’ by Softball Today magazine and rated the ‘Best Team in the Nation’ by USASportsRankings.com
Since then we have qualified for and attended ASA nationals in every age division finishing as high as 4th. Since 1996 our overall career team record is 1133-172. Our ASA Nationals record is 78-21. We have lost only twice in our history to another San Diego based team. Because of our success, San Diego Thunder is now a highly popular and respected team nationwide and quite well known to college coaches and recruiters. Over the years others have used the San Diego Thunder name (without permission) and should not be confused with us. We are, and have always been a single independent team, unaffiliated with an organization or other teams**. Players mentioned and the accomplishments listed in this site are from the efforts of a single team performing each season, not from the combined efforts of an organization of multiple teams. This year, as always, we intend to separate ourselves from the pack and make our mark on the softball world.
San Diego Thunder players are a select group. Each season a new group is selected. Players understand the history and tradition of the program and its expectations. Current team members relish their opportunity to continue the successful tradition of past Thunder teams and join the many college and former college players who have proudly worn the royal blue and black jersey of San Diego Thunder. Former players include Jamee Avii (Palomar), Brittney Bargar (Notre Dame), Taryn Mowatt (Arizona), Gina Leomiti (Cal), Linda Kohan (Notre Dame), Melissa Requilman (Palomar), and Karla Wilburn (Virginia), just to name a few. Current players realize that it is now their time to write a story and make their mark in softball history. VISIT WEBSITE
** In 2004 Thunder merged with Fresno Force and I coached the team under that name at the 18U Gold level.