Duran Returns to @LATechSB as Assistant Coach
Aug. 1, 2016
RUSTON – Former Louisiana Tech pitcher Bianca Duran has re-joined the Lady Techster softball program, this time serving as an assistant coach on Mark Montgomery’s staff.
Duran spent two years in a LA Tech uniform after signing with Montgomery and Co. out of Western Nebraska Community College, where she shattered numerous school offensive and pitching records. She will replace CJ Browder on the Tech coaching staff. Browder accepted a full-time job with the Softball Factory following the conclusion of the 2016 season.
“We are so excited to bring Bianca back as a coach,” Montgomery said. “She was such a great leader here as a player. I can’t wait to see that leadership emerge as a young coach. Bianca’s work ethic and tenacity as a competitor is something that I feel will really benefit this team going forward.
“We want to thank CJ for her hard work this past year. She came in here and really made a significant contribution to this program and our players. Although we hated to lose her, we wish her the best of luck and we know Bianca will do the same phenomenal job.”
During her two years in Ruston in 2014 and 2015, Duran helped elevate the Lady Techster program. As a senior she earned first team all-Mideast Region honors by the NFCA and was named to the Conference USA All-Tournament team.
Her career offensive totals in Ruston included a .295 batting average with 20 doubles, 11 home runs and 58 RBIs while she recorded a 20-32 record in the circle with a 3.25 earned run average. As a senior she was 14-13 with a 2.78 ERA and led the Lady Techsters to a 30-plus win season.
"I am extremely excited and honored to be coming back to Louisiana Tech,” Duran said. “Tech changed my life not only on the field but off of it as well. I will take great pride in getting the chance to learn and coach alongside Coach Montgomery and the rest of the coaching staff.
“I am beyond excited to share not only my passion and love for this sport and program, but to mentor current and future athletes. Being a former student-athlete for a program that had such an impact on my life and having personally invested in it for two years, it’s such an honor to return to the field with a different role as a coach."
After earning her bachelor’s degree from LA Tech in May of 2015, Duran spent the past year as an assistant coach at California State University Stanislaus State where she worked directly with the pitchers and catchers while also assisting with the hitters.
“Bianca will be able to work with our pitching on a daily basis,” Montgomery said. “She will be able to put (coach) Mike Forsythe’s pitching plans in a more regulated environment. She will also help with our hitters and work with the corner defensive positions.”
The Lady Techsters will return 13 letterwinners and six starters from last year’s team that won 32 games and finished just percentage points shy of capturing the C-USA West Division title. The team also broke more than a dozen single season offensive records while becoming the first team in almost 20 years to claim back-to-back 30-plus win seasons.
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