Class of 2012
Palomar College 1978-2006, 2009-2010
Mark Eldridge began his career at Palomar College in 1977 as an assistant football coach and one year later started the softball program as a club team. In 1979, the program became a varsity sport with Eldridge at the helm.
Eldridge had two stints with Palomar as head coach, from 1978-2006, and 2009-2010. He has a career win-loss record of 1083-304-5. He led the Comets to three state titles, five state runner-up finishes and 29 conference championships. In 1993, Eldridge’s team had a record of 50-3 — a school record — while also collecting his 500th career win that season. He won his 1000th game in 2005 while embarking on a 42-6 campaign. Eldridge also helped 153 of his players land roster spots at four-year institutions and coached 29 community college All-Americans.
Eldridge was also a Canadian National Softball team assistant coach and the head coach of the Spanish National Team for four years.
Eldridge was inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame in 2012. Eldridge was a three-sport athlete (football, baseball, track & field) at Palomar, and went on to start at safety for the Washington State football team and played football and was a javelin thrower at Long Beach State.