Jose Ortega | Head Coach
Jose Ortega became the Head Softball Coach for the Bulldogs in October 2018.
Prior to his arrival, Ortega served as the Associate Head Coach at nearby Riverside City College to complete his 10-year tenure as a Tiger. In addition to providing on-field instruction as a hitting and infield coach, he managed all aspects of offense, including coaching third base. He brings experience with fundraising, practice planning, recruiting, and scouting, as well as teaching Kinesiology courses.
With Ortega's involvement, RCC earned a spot in the playoffs each season and reached the Super Regionals seven out of 10 seasons. The Tigers also advanced to the State Championships on three occasions and captured two Orange Empire Conference titles.
During the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Ortega worked as an assistant coach at UC Riverside, specifically as the hitting coach while helping to develop the infield and catchers. With his contributions, the Highlanders broke multiple offensive school records, including batting average, hits, runs scored and, most significantly, wins.
Ortega began his coaching career in professional baseball as an infield coach with the Cleveland Indians. After playing for the organization for two seasons, he moved into this new role, which in many ways redirected his career path.
As a student-athlete, he attended Riverside Community College before transferring to the University of San Diego, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. He later completed his master's in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University – Irvine. He helped lead the RCC baseball program to two State Championships and landed on the OEC First Team. At USD, Ortega contributed to the 2003 West Coast Conference Championship en route to First-Team All-Conference honors.
Outside of coaching, Ortega enjoys spending time with his wife Whitney and their two daughters.
Chelsea Rex | Assistant Coach
Chelsea Rex joined the University of Redlands softball staff as a graduate assistant coach in December of 2016. In addition to contributing her talents to the softball team, she attends the School of Education in pursuit of her Master of Arts in Higher Education.
Rex was born and raised in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2015. Due to her sharpness and commitment to education, Rex completed a second bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education later that December.
While at St. Francis, Rex split her time between the pitcher’s mound and third base for the NCAA Division I Red Flash softball team. Offensively, Rex hit .227 with 40 RBIs and seven home runs. As a starting pitcher, she recorded a career ERA of 4.13. In 2013, her efforts in the classroom and on the field culminated in being named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar Athlete.
Rex’s previous work experience includes serving as a student assistant to the St. Francis athletic department by working games, taking statistics, uploading pictures and rosters, and updating social media. She also has gained experience as a substitute teacher. Most recently, Rex worked as a mobile crisis counselor, using verbal resolution tools and providing risk assessment and support.
In addition, she brings coaching experience from her time as a volunteer high school softball coach, specifically in pitching and hitting.
Rex truly enjoys coaching and loves having the opportunity to impact student-athletes’ lives to better their future. She strives to one day be a head softball coach at a university. In her free time, she enjoys fishing, camping, hiking, and baking.