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  Panita Thanatharn
Panita Thanatharn

Assistant Coach

4th Year


Showcase Softball Camp will be held Monday, January 21

Camp is open to any high school or junior college aged players

Panita Thanatharn is in her fourth season as an assistant coach at Long Beach State. Thanatharn assists with recruiting and conditioning while serving as the hitting coach, assisting head coach Kim Sowder with the offense.

With Thanatharn's assistance, the 49ers have posted the three highest batting averages in school history over the last three seasons. In 2011, Long Beach State hit .279, and then was just behind that mark in 2012 at .277. Last season, the 49ers shattered a number of offensive records. As a team, Long Beach State hit .288 in 2013, and also broke school records in runs scored (266), RBI (237), and home runs (53).

Thanatharn returned to Long Beach State for the 2011 season after spending two seasons as an assistant coach under former 49er head coach Pete Manarino at UNLV. During her career, she has helped teams to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2012 Long Beach State team. She also helped coach UNLV to the NCAA Tournament in 2009, while working with outfielders and hitters. She also served as the team's recruiting coordinator.

Thanatharn started her coaching career at Long Beach State in 2007 where she served as the team's director of operations/assistant coach for one season. She helped with coaching and administrative duties, while handling the conditioning program.

A four-year letterwinner (2002, 2005-07) at Long Beach State, Thanatharn earned a double major in exercise science and sport psychology and coaching in 2006.

She earned a master's in kinesiology with an option in sports management from Cal State University, Long Beach in 2008.

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