Coach Carbonatto returns for her second season in the Pacific dugout after overseeing the development of a squad that finished strong in conference, winning seven of the final nine conference games down the stretch. Carbonatto worked closely with the team's hitters in 2015, including all-conference selections Nicole Zapotoczny, Molly Bourne, Cassidy Gustafson, Rachel Sellers and Alex Steinmehl.
One of the most decorated alumni in program history, Carbonatto returned to her alma mater in 2015 for the second time as a member of the Tigers' coaching staff as she previously served as a volunteer assistant during the 2011 and 2012 campaigns.
Prior to her most recent stint at Pacific, Carbonatto served as a physical education teacher at Stockton's Lincoln High School, starting in the fall 2012. As a volunteer assistant for Pacific in 2011 and 2012, Carbonatto proved to be a great asset to the Tigers during their run to the first Big West conference title in program history in 2011 and the team went 71-39 with Carbonatto on the staff. She oversaw the development of the Orange and Black's young outfield talent while also guiding the team's left handed slappers.
Before joining the Tigers' bench, Carbonatto was an integral member of the Washington Huskies' coaching staff, first as a volunteer assistant during the 2008 campaign and then as a full-time assistant to former Pacific assistant coach Heather Tarr during the 2009 season. 2009 was a banner year for Washington, as the Huskies bested Florida in back-to-back Women's College World Series contests to take home the National Championship with a 51-12 overall record.
Prior to beginning her coaching career with the Huskies, Carbonatto established herself as one of the best softball players in the country throughout her four seasons at Pacific. She is the only Tiger in program history to ever earn three All-America awards and her name appears throughout Pacific's record books. Carbonatto's jersey is retired on the outfield fence of Bill Simoni Field, joining current Boise State head coach Cindy Ball as the only two Tigers to receive the honor.
One of the top center fielders in the nation for each of her four seasons, Carbonatto's senior season was a banner campaign led the Tigers in batting with a .400 average and a program record 78 hits. Putting herself in position to score, Gina racked up 58 runs during the season, tying the Big West single season record. She owns the program's all-time hit record with 280 career hits, a number that ranks her No. 2 all-time in Big West conference history.
She is both the Tigers' and the Big West's career leader in runs scored as she crossed home plate 178 times throughout her four seasons. Additionally, Gina ranks as the Tigers' all-time leader in career batting average as she became the first Pacific player to finish her career above .400 finishing at .401, shattering the previous record of .333. In the field, Carbonatto committed just one error in centerfield during her four seasons patrolling Bill Simoni Field.
A native of Lake Stevens, Wash., Carbonatto saw professional stints with the New England Riptide of National Pro Fastpitch in 2007 and 2008. In 2007, Gina posted a .295 batting average, which was third-best on the squad. In 2008, she finished second on the team in runs scored (21), doubles (5), walks (18) and stolen bases (7).
Gina graduated from Pacific with a bachelor's degree in sport sciences in 2007 and a master's degree in sport pedagogy in 2013.