A first generation Lady Magic Alumni, we are thrilled to have Melinda Coyne (Garcia) as a member of our coaching staff after having spent the last several years sharing her love of the game with younger players as a volunteer coach, with her sisters, in the Folsom Girls Softball league.
Mindy started playing softball at the age of 9 in the Ranch Cordova Girls Softball League where she was a perennial All-Star. As travel ball began to pick up in the Sacramento area, she began playing for Maaco Magic, coached by Lady Magic founder Jerry Saulter.
As Maaco Magic became Lady Magic, Mindy continued to play, joined by her younger sister Jennifer. While Jen played on the younger team, Melinda was one of the original players on the first Lady Magic 18u team. Coached by her father John, their team not only won the ASA Region 14 18u Championships, but went on to a 9th place finish at the 1987 ASA 18u National Championships. At the same time, Mindy was playing her school ball on the Varsity team at Cordova High School, where she was named to the Sacramento Bee All-Metro First Team and was selected to play in the Sacramento Evening Optimist All-Star game her Senior year.
After graduation, Mindy began her collegiate experience at Sacramento City College. In her rookie season she was named the California Junior College State MVP for her performance behind the plate while leading the Panthers to thier first California State Championship. The following year she once again garnered several accolades, among them a California Junior College First Team All State selection. Mindy was later honored as a member of the Sacramento City College 1980's All-Decade team.
Her performance in the Junior College ranks got Mindy noticed by several four-year schools. She accepted a scholarship to play at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and what a great choice that was. In her Senior year as a Rebel, Mindy helped lead UNLV to their first ever appearance in the Women’s College World Series (1990), beating Cal 2 out of 3 games in the Berkeley Regionals. The Rebels went on to finish sixth in the nation.
In addition to working a full time job in the medical field and coaching Lady Magic, Mindy still finds time to coach the Folsom High School Varsity softball team.