Maria Momoe (百枝 まりあ, Momoe Maria) (often called Momo-kan or Momoe-san) is the coach of Nishiura's baseball team.
The nickname Momo-kan is short (short for Momoe-kantoku (Coach Momoe in English). The team is very fond of her, although they often find her scary. She has amazing physical strength, being able to completely crush oranges with her bare hands (she uses this method to make juice for the team). She also uses this iron grip to punish her charges, namely Mihashi, Abe, and Tajima, by squeezing their heads.
She is noted to be highly attractive, especially by opposing team members. She has a pretty face and an impressive bosom, which sometimes embarrasses every boy who looks at her. It is implied that several players, from Nishiura and other teams, have a crush on her, most notably Azusa Hanai and (though only on one occasion near the beginning of the series) Takaya Abe. All of Nishiura's team members were surprised to learn that Momoe is only 23 years old. Hanai counts the 7 year difference between them and wonders if that is the 'limit' possible, before instantly berating himself for thinking of having a relationship with her.
She was part of the rubberball/softball generation at Nishiura. She loves everything about baseball, to the point that she willingly spends all of the money she saved from her part time jobs on the baseball team. As a result, the team usually feels bad that she tries so hard for them when they are trying so hard for themselves.
In high school, she was the manager of the softball team, and took part in all of their practices. As a result, she is a highly skilled player, and very good at leading her team both in practices and when sending signs during games.
She drives a motorcycle and works in physically demanding jobs such as cleaning the windows of skyscrapers.
- School/Team: Nishiura High School
- Age: 23 (she states this in episode 32 when Tajima asks her while they're scouting Bijou)
- Family: Grandmother, parents, younger brother
- Position: Coach
- Bats/Throws: Left/Left
- D.O.B: April 18
- Blood type: O
- Height: 163cm
- Risa Hayamizu (Japanese)
- Cynthia Cranz (English)
- Main Artice: Maria Momoe/Gallery