Noraida Negron

Noraida Negron
Softball Pitcher
Team Puerto Rico 1999
Pan Am Games -
Venezuela 2001
Noraida Negron

As a former softball player and a current coach and trainer, Noraida Negron strives for young generations to have the necessary tools to improve their game. 

Originally from Puerto Rico, she has been in Laredo since 2007.  Softball has always been a big part of her life. Her mother was a softball player. She competed at the 2000 Olympic games and was inducted into the Puerto Rico Hall of Fame. 

Following in her mother’s footsteps, Noraida was part of The Little League in Puerto Rico. She competed as a member of the Junior National Team and the Puerto Rico National Team. She received a softball scholarship making her the first Latino player at Missouri Valley College. She was the starting pitcher for the first softball team at Saint Francis School 1997 - 2000 in Carolina.

Under her mother’s coaching she became the lead pitcher for the team. She coached the team to three consecutive championships for the school. MLB RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner 1998 - 2001 Cities) Program Orlando, FL. At only 16 years of age, she was part of the Jr. Puerto Rico National Team/ National Team 1999 - Tournaments. Some were scrimmage games against the USA National Team. The USA National Team had players that are now legends in the sport, including Michelle Smith and Lisa Fernandez.

At age 18 she was a pitcher for the Junior National Team in the International Competition in the Bahamas. She was in national team that went to the Pan-American Games in Maracay, Venezuela. In one game against Cuba she pitched the last 3 innings.

She stopped playing for the national team to focus on college and to coach Missouri Valley College from 2000 - 2004 in Marshall, Missouri with records in strikeouts and shutouts and taking the team to a winning season.

At 23 years of age, she was part of the Missouri Rockers Organization, who is well known for their player’s excellence not only on the field but academically. As part of the organization she coached a 12-U team, which she stayed with until they graduated from high school. She was able to see her efforts as a coach sending several players of her team to college under scholarships.

She moved from Missouri to Laredo Texas 9 years ago. In Laredo, she became an independent Softball Pitching instructor. Many of the girls she mentored have grown to become not only excellent players, but great students by reaching college.

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