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Former Arizona softball star Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza joins Oregon as volunteer assistant coach

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The next time Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza comes to Hillenbrand Stadium, she’ll be wearing green and yellow.

Oregon softball announced Monday that the former Arizona center fielder is joining its program as a volunteer assistant coach.

Palomino-Cardoza just wrapped up a six-year career with the Wildcats in which she was a two-time All-American and hit .346 with 69 homers, eighth-most in program history. She has been playing professionally for the USSSA Pride this summer.

APC’s new role at Oregon can serve as the first step toward a coaching career if that’s the path she plans to pursue. She will be a good role model for Oregon players. Not only was she an accomplished player herself, she is emblematic of what it means to battle through adversity. She overcame two ACL tears with the Wildcats and saw her career get interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Ducks are scheduled to face Arizona in Tucson next season, though the exact date is to be determined.