Photos and text courtesy of Mike Olsen
UPDATE: It is with sadness that we report that Doug Corta passed away on November 6th, 2015.
Doug Corta started coaching softball with West Valley Little League when his oldest daughter was 6 years old. In the spring of 2005, he along with Dan Mitchell started the ASA Idaho Sliders Organization.
On that first 12U team was Doug’s daughters, 8 year old Bentli and 10 year old Z (Mackenzi). The Sliders expanded to 12u, 14u and 16u teams and have influenced hundreds of young girls over the last 10 years. Doug saw an opportunity when the freshman softball team at Eagle High School was looking for a coach. In the Spring of 2008 he coached his first High School team. In the spring of 2009 Doug took over as the Head Varsity Coach for Eagle High. Under Doug’s leadership Eagle has won the 5A District Title 3 times with a 2nd place finish at the Idaho State tournament in 2013. Doug achieved one of his personal goals this last spring winning the 5A Idaho High School Softball State Championship. The 2015 team finished the season ranked #10 in the nation by Max Preps. Doug was named Coach of the Year by the Idaho State Coaches Association and the Third District Coaches Association.
In early March 2014 the Corta family lives were turned upside down when Doug was diagnosed with a malignant (cancerous) glioblastoma brain tumor. Since the initial diagnosis Doug has undergone 2 brain surgeries and numerous chemo and radiation treatments in addition to participating in the Nativis study in Seattle Washington. During all this treatment Doug continued to coach his high school team, running practices a few hours after a chemo treatment.
Immediately after the State Championship game in Coeur D’Alene ID, his team returned to Eagle, while Doug and his wife Jacki went to Seattle for a routine MRI. During this visit they learned new tumor spots had shown up. Radiation was done on the new spots. The September MRI showed the tumor had spread to the entire right lobe of his brain. Doug’s doctors discontinued treatment due to the growth.
Despite the weakness of his left side and increasing severity of headaches, Doug is still out pitching softballs to players and supporting Mustang football from a chair on the sidelines.
For years it has been a dream of Doug’s to build an indoor softball facility at the Eagle High School Softball fields. The facility would enable players to work on their skills year around by providing multiple batting cages, pitching lanes and a small section for fielding. It has been his dream to provide for young female athletes a place they can workout and strive to be the best they can be. A facility for female athletes to call their own. In years past, the Eagle High School softball players going onto to play at the collegiate level was maybe 2-3% per graduating class. However, due to Doug’s encouragement and dedication the graduating classes of 2016/2017 will likely have a 100% graduating seniors going to college. Of those graduating approximately 98% will be going on to play softball in college.
This facility we are trying to fund will be known as The Doug Corta Softball Complex. A piece of his legacy left for future female athletes to experience what he has built. Please help build on our incredible coaches dream by donating and being a part of the legacy.
If you would prefer to mail your donation to save processing fees please mark the memo portion of the check “Corta Softball Complex” and send them to Eagle High Softball Booster Association, Attn: Corta Softball Complex, PO Box 2122, Eagle, Idaho 83616.