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    June 2, 1997

    Deanna Mays Named Assistant Softball Coach

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Deanna Mays, assistant softball coach at Long Beach State for the past two years, has been named assistant coach of the Notre Dame softball team, according to head coach Liz Miller. Mays replaces Kathy Speybroeck, who resigned following the 1997 season after serving as assistant coach for five seasons. Mays will begin her official duties immediately.

    As assistant coach at Long Beach State for the past two years, Mays worked primarily with the pitchers, focusing on the development of the entire pitching staff. She also assisted in fundraising and recruiting and coordinated the season practice schedule and travel itinerary. Mays has also served as a private pitching instructor and has participated in softball clinics for various softball club and college teams, including UCLA and Long Beach State.

    In her first year at Long Beach State in 1996, Mays coached Amy Miner to Big West pitcher of year honors and coached the pitching staff to a 1.40 ERA, the best mark in the Big West. Her 1997 squad even bettered that mark with a 1.35 ERA.

    The La Palma, Calif., native, starred at Nebraska from 1989-92 where she pitched and played first base and earned a degree in business management. Mays earned second team Big Eight Conference honors in 1991 and was a conference honorable mention pick in 1989 and 1990. Before playing at Nebraska, her club team, Gordon's Panthers, won four straight national championships from 1982-85 and were runners-up in 1987 and 1988.

    Notre Dame is coming off a 35-25 season after winning the BIG EAST South Division title for the second consecutive year but fell short in its bid for a fourth straight appearance in the NCAA championship.

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