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Former Miami-Dade Softball Coach Carlos Caro Selected for ISF Hall of Fame
 October 31, 2013

Read the release via the ASA here: http://www.asasoftball.com/about/getStory.asp?nid=3107

Carlos Caro, softball coach with the Puerto Rico National Women’s Softball team, was inducted into the International Softball Hall of Fame by the ISF 26th congress held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. With 26 years of experience, Caro has coached at all levels including college, high school, international and travel ball.

Caro began his coaching career at the age of 18 in his home town of Villa Clara, Cuba while working on his bachelor degree as a student-athlete at the I.S.C.F. Manuel Fajardo Rivero and working with the Villa Clara Men’s Team.  At the age of 23, he received his bachelor degree and moved to Havana where he became the pitching coach for the Ciudad Habana Junior’s and Men’s Team.  In 1996, Ciudad Habana won the Cuban National Championship and three of the pitchers under his tutelage earned three of the six spots on the Cuban National Softball team.

In March 1997, the Cuban Government of Sports INDER and CubadaDeportes SA sent Caro on a four year exchange contract with the Mexican Olympic Committee to work with the Mexican National Softball Federation. While in Mexico, he trained the Mexican Junior National Team to attend the ISF VI World Cup in Saskatoon,  Canada.  The team finished its best finish ever, finishing fifth at the event. In 1997, immediately after the team departure to its competition Caro left, defected his position and came to the United States.

 Upon to his arrival to the US, he studied to revalidate his college degree at the University of Central Florida reaching the goal in 2000. Caro then became involved with youth softball in Miami Dade and got invited to coach with the Miami Mini Canes traveling team reaching multiples NSA, ISF and ASA, qualifiers, state and national championships. Under his tutelage multiple South Florida high school athletes benefited from his coaching including Melissa Penna who holds various pitching records in Dade County and at her Alma matter Stanford University.

In 2004, Caro began his career with Miami Dade College (MDC) as an Assistant Coach and in 2005 became the head coach of the MDC softball program. As head coach he turned MDC into a NJCAA national power house wining three Atlantic Championships (2007-2010 & 2011), two Southern Conference Championships (2008-2010), one State Championship in 2011 and one National Championship in 2010 with three appearances to the NJCAA National Championship (2007-2010 & 2011), the only appearances in the programs history of collegiate competition. He possess MDC’s highest winning percentage with 700, the product of 238 wins and 103 loses in 6 years. During his collegiate coaching career he was the recipient of two conference, one state and one national tournament Coach of the Year awards. His program produced several NJCAA-NFCA All American Players and in the classroom the program achieved a 3.0 grade point average and produced several NJCAA-NFCA All American students. During his tenure more than thirty students-athletes at MDC earned scholarships at NCAA and NIAA to continue their Softball careers.

From 2003 to 2007, Caro served as the chief of the Dominican Republic National Softball Federation and head coach for the D.R. Women’s National Team. As head coach the team earned a Bronze Medal at the V Pan American Games in Santo Domingo and a Gold Medal at the XX Central American Games Qualifier in Cartagena, Colombia in 2005. They also went on to earn a Bronze Medal at the XX Central American Games Cartagena, Colombia in 2006.

In May 2013, Caro earned his Master of Science with a major in Kinesiology from Texas Woman’s University and he currently teaches Physical Education at John I. Smith K-8 Center.

Caro is currently the pitching coach for the Puerto Rico Women’s Softball National Team. He started his work with PUR Softball in January 2012 and since then the program has participated in the ISF XIII World Cup, in Yukon, Canada finishing in 8th place, their best finish in the last decade. He also participated in the 8th edition of the Pan American Games Qualifier in Maunabo, Puerto Rico for Toronto 2015, also a qualifier for the 2014 XXII Central American Games in Veracruz, Mexico and the 2014 XIV World Cup Qualifier for Harlem, Holland, were the team finished in 4th place, their best finish in the last decade, resulting in a Silver Medal at the XXII Central American Games Qualifier and qualifying for Toronto and Harlem, Holland.

 “I am humbled to receive such a great honor in our sport. When I started in 1988 I had no idea that the result of hard work, persistence, loyalty, dedication and vision could put my name among elite players and coaches from around the world in the ISF Hall of Fame. This accomplishment also belongs to my former players, mentors Ubaldo Alvarez, Ciudad Habana and Odilio Calzadilla, Villa Cara, the presidents of the National Softball Federations of Cuba, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico who trusted me and especially Tommy Velazquez  and Edwin Mercado who nominated me. I couldn’t have done this without the support from my wife and family who have always allowed me to follow my dreams. I had the opportunity to turn national and international programs into wining programs and for now I have only two more goals related to softball: getting the sport back into the Olympic program and participate, win a medal at the games and coach at the NCAA division I level.”

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