Raimondi parts ways with Charlotte, sets focus on family

Coach Raimondi with his daughter, Gabriela Raimondi. Margaret Gallegos | Pleasanton Express

Coach Raimondi with his daughter, Gabriela Raimondi. Margaret Gallegos | Pleasanton Express

Charlotte head softball coach Christopher Raimondi is hanging up his coaching hat and heading back home to San Antonio after nine years at Charlotte.

“I always knew this day was coming because his wife has wanted him back home for a long time and that day has finally arrived,” said Charlotte athletic director Shawn Vowell.

Raimondi will be continuing his career in education as a math teacher at McCollum High School, meaning he will have more time to spend with his family.

“It’s been an awesome time here in Charlotte. There have been a lot of ups and downs over the years, but I’m grateful to the girls for stepping it up and always competing really well,” said Raimondi, who is leaving Charlotte ISD with a career record of 166-40 as head softball coach.

Commenting on his time at Charlotte, Raimondi appreciated the opportunity to be at CISD and loved the students’ never ending drive to learn and excel in math. He was also fully invested in the school’s athletic department as a head coach or assistant coach in softball, cross country, track and basketball at the junior high and high school levels.

“He was my right hand man, the most important coach to me because he did so much in his time here. He reached the playoffs every year in softball. He will be missed more than he can ever imagine,” said Vowell.

With his transition back home, Raimondi will be able to focus on his family more and watch his daughter play college softball for Sul Ross State University.

“I’m sad to leave, especially since the program has a good group of freshmen girls coming up. They have some serious talent and will compete great over the next couple of years. Charlotte has truly been good to me and I’m grateful for the response the community has shown me over the years and even more so now with my departure.”

Vowell stated the coaching position has yet to be fulfilled stating that Raimondi is leaving behind some big, if not impossible, shoes to fill as head softball coach.

“He’s one of my best friends and I thank his wife for letting me have him for so long.”

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