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Amy Buntin's three-run, walk-off homer gives Irish 5-3 win at Melissa Cook Stadium.
Awards & Honors 2002, 2004, 2011 BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year 2002, 2004 NFCA Mideast Region Coaching Staff of the Year
Now in her 12th season as leader of the Notre Dame softball program, Deanna Gumpf has firmly cemented herself as one of the premiere college coaches in the nation.
Under her tutelage, the Irish have made 11 trips to the NCAA Championship, while claiming four BIG EAST Conference Tournament titles. Even more, Notre Dame staked the BIG EAST's regular season championship during her first four seasons on the bench to extend its dominance over league opponents. The Irish hoisted the regular season hardware again in 2010 and 2011.
The Notre Dame coaching staff has received five prominent honors during Gumpf's tenure, being tabbed as the NFCA Mideast Region Coaching Staff of the Year in 2002 and 2004, as well as the BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year in 2002, 2004 and 2011.
In fact, Gumpf enters her 12th season as the Irish head coach with a record of 465-192-1 (.707) for the highest victory average of any BIG EAST skipper.
Gumpf became the program's all-time winningest coach with her 378th victory at Notre Dame when the Irish posted a 1-0 victory over Illinois State in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Win No. 400 came in the form of a 9-0 five-inning win over Providence in April of 2011. Gumpf's milestone win came behind a combined shutout from the circle by pitchers Laura Winter and Jody Valdivia.
During Gumpf's tenure, 11 different Notre Dame players have earned NFCA All-America honors, with Andrea Loman (2002-03) and Megan Ciolli (2004-05) being recognized as two-time All-Americans. The Irish have also collected 41 NFCA all-region citations, four BIG EAST Player of the Year awards, four BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year awards and 74 all-BIG EAST honors.
The 2012 version of the Fighting Irish posted a 40-16 (.714) record, surpassing the 40-win plateau for the eighth time during Gumpf's tenure, ultimately reaching the final game of the BIG EAST Championship at Melissa Cook Stadium. The team was selected as an at-large NCAA Championship participant, ensuring the program's 14th straight NCAA Regional appearance.
Last season junior catcher Amy Buntin flourished in the role of every day catcher, becoming the 21st All-America selection in Notre Dame history. Buntin led the Irish with a .360 batting average, while pacing the BIG EAST Conference with 60 RBI and 45 runs scored.
Sophomore pitcher Laura Winter posted a 29-11 record in her second collegiate season, including a 13-2 mark and 1.21 ERA in conference play. Winter was rewarded for her efforts by being named BIG EAST Last season Conference Pitcher of the Year and to the NFCA Great Lakes all-region second team.
A historic start to the season gave light to great things to come for Gumpf's 2011 squad. Notre Dame began the season with a 9-0 record - the best opening to a campaign in program history - and went on to win 46 games, the sixth-highest total in 23 seasons. The Irish went on to win the BIG EAST regular season title for the second straight time - and 13th overall - since joining the league in 1996. Notre Dame's 19 league wins matched the second-highest total in program history.
Last season six Irish players were named to the NFCA all-Great Lakes Region squad in 2011, which marked the most players ever by Notre Dame. First team honors went to Dani Miller, Sadie Pitzenberger, Alexia Clay and Alexa Maldonado. Heather Johnson and Laura Winter were part of the second team.
Last season Johnson and Miller would go on to earn third-team All-America accolades from the NFCA.
Holding court at the BIG EAST softball banquet, Notre Dame racked up the hardware with eight players earning all-league honors. Gumpf and her assistants were tabbed the 2011 Coaching Staff of the Year and Johnson became Notre Dame's seventh BIG EAST Player of the Year.
Johnson, the program's career and single-season RBI leader, led the nation with 245 consecutive career starts. The fifth-year senior was also the first player in BIG EAST history to be named Player of the Week on three consecutive occasions and tied for second on the program's chart with a 21-game hitting streak.
Gumpf tutored Winter during her first year in the circle to post the program's second-highest single-season win total with 25 victories. Winter garnered national attention after a near-perfect no-hitter at USF in which she walked and beaned the first two batters while retiring the rest of the Bulls for the remainder of the game.
The Irish strutted their stuff throughout the 20-game BIG EAST slate by finishing among the top in the following team categories: batting average (.385), slugging pct. (.636), on-base pct. (.459), runs scored (162), hits (204), RBI (145), doubles (39), total bases (.337), sacrifice bunts (20) and stolen bases (37).
Gumpf also authored one of the most dominating seasons in school history while directing her 2010 Irish outfit to a number of accolades. Notre Dame finished 2010 with a 47-12 mark and set single-season program records with a nation-leading batting average (.343), runs (369), doubles (103), home runs (75), RBI (337), total bases (878), slugging pct. (.590), on-base pct. (.409) and fielding pct. (.978). The Irish were second among NCAA teams with 1.75 doubles/game and fourth in slugging pct.
In regular season BIG EAST play, the Irish ranked first in slugging percentage (.635), runs scored (150), RBI (134), doubles (46), home runs (31) and total bases (330).
Not only did Gumpf aid in the development of All-American Katie Fleury and BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year Jody Valdivia, but she also oversaw the final season of one of the program's most dominant and adorned players in Christine Lux. Lux finished her four years as the program's career leader in home runs (50), RBI (174), slugging pct. (.654) and putouts (1,544) and set or tied single-season records during her final campaign with 17 home runs (28th nationally), 17 doubles and an .801 slugging pct. (20th nationally). Lux also became the only player in BIG EAST history to record 60+ runs, 80+ hits and 60+ RBI in a career while making a splash in the BIG EAST record book for career RBI (1st - 66), home runs (t-1st - 24), runs scored (3rd - 61), walks (t-7th - 33) and doubles (t-8th - 17).
The 2009 season was also a landmark campaign in which Notre Dame posted a 43-17 record. It was the 11th 40-win campaign in program history and fifth under Gumpf. Notre Dame advanced to the NCAA Tournament and was ranked 25th in the final regular season NFCA Top 25 poll. The ranking was a first since 2004 and the first to end the season since 2002.
A number of top single-season team marks - many of which would fall just one year later - were set during 2009 including: runs (2nd - 310), doubles (3rd - 90), home runs (1st - 66), RBI (1st - 282), total bases (1st - 748), slugging pct. (1st - .501), walks (1st - 152), on-base pct. (2nd - .371) and complete games (3rd - 46).
That season also saw Lux earn third-team NFCA All-America accolades.
Pitcher Brittney Bargar thrived under Gumpf's guidance and earned her second NFCA All-Region honor in as many seasons as she was one of five Notre Dame players to receive the distinction in 2009. She was joined in the award column by classmate Beth Northway, sophomore Erin Marrone, Miller and Lux. The five honorees comprised the largest group of all-region selections since Notre Dame placed six on the team in 2001.
Notre Dame beat three teams - St. John's, No. 17 Louisville and No. 19 DePaul - without allowing an earned run en route to claiming the program's sixth BIG EAST Tournament title. And not only did Notre Dame hand Louisville just its second home loss of the season, but the Irish became the only team to blank the Cardinals on the year. It was the first time Notre Dame beat ranked opponents in two consecutive contests since 2005 and the first time the Irish beat a pair of top-20 teams on consecutive tries since 2000. Bargar, who was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, earned two shutout wins while giving up eight hits.
And for the second season in a row the Irish placed seven players on respective all-BIG EAST Conference squads. Northway, Lux and Miller were each named to the first team and both Irish pitchers - Valdivia and Bargar - sat on the second team with Linda Kohan. Marrone was voted to the third team.
Gumpf also aided in the development of Valdivia from the circle, as the pitcher was victorious in each of her last 17 decisions, including all of her 10 BIG EAST contests. Valdivia went over two months after a March 14 loss to No. 12 Arizona without a defeat.
When assuming control of the Irish program in July of 2001 from her mentor and close friend, Liz Miller, Gumpf inherited a team that one season prior had finished with a school-best 54-7 record. Without missing a beat, the Irish once again advanced to the final day of competition at the NCAA Regional Tournament and in the process smashed the school record for home runs in a season. Notre Dame also came through with a dramatic run in the 2002 BIG EAST Championship, rallying from a first-day loss to hand Virginia Tech a pair of defeats on the final day to claim the league title.
The second year of the Gumpf era began with a 10-11 start to the season before Notre Dame ripped off a 20-game win streak from April 1-26 to assume control of the BIG EAST Conference standings. The team then swept through the BIG EAST Championship by scoring 21 runs in three games and won the title on a walk-off home run from conference player of the year Andrea Loman in the bottom of the ninth inning against Villanova.
The Irish rode their momentum into the start of the 2004 slate, upsetting No. 8 Nebraska during the first weekend of the season to claim the program's first-ever bracket championship at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. The team also won the Hoosier Invitational title and the BIG EAST regular-season crown while taking part in a record 69 contests. Notre Dame was victorious in 49 of those games - the second-best win total in school history - aided by an 18-2 mark in conference play.
By claiming her 100th victory at Notre Dame in record time in 2004, Gumpf was able to reach the 100-win plateau faster than any previous Irish head coach. She reached the 200-win plateau, again in record time, with a victory in the second game of an April 9 doubleheader against Pittsburgh in 2006. The Irish ensured the victory would be a memorable one, as they pounded out 21 hits to tie the school record. Two Irish players - Stephanie Brown and Meagan Ruthrauff - both finished with four hits apiece, as Ruthrauff would also set school records with three home runs and seven RBI.
Yet another landmark season came about in 2005 as the Irish hosted their first NCAA Championship competition at Ivy Field. Bolstered by a 20-game win streak - the second 20-game run of the Gumpf era which included tournament titles at the GRU Classic and Hawaii's Spring Fling - the Irish won the BIG EAST Conference regular-season title and advanced to the BIG EAST Championship final game.
Over the next two seasons, the Irish posted a 74-45 mark including 22 contests against 16 different top-25 opponents. The early stage of the 2006 slate was highlighted by a 3-2 comeback victory over No. 10 Arizona State, which came at the hands of Stephanie Brown's two-run game-winning homer. After dropping a pair of games to No. 4 Texas and No. 7 Alabama, the Irish proceeded to post a nine-game winning streak including four wins in conference play. Notre Dame kept themselves among the top teams in BIG EAST play with the only five conference losses heading into the league tournament. The Irish entered the post-season showdown as the third-seeded squad and rolled through the competition with wins over Providence, Pittsburgh, and No. 18 Louisville to claim Gumpf's third conference crown in only five seasons.
Notre Dame then headed to Evanston (Ill.) for the NCAA Tournament and defeated UC Santa Barbara and Southern Illinois before falling to Northwestern - who would go on to earn a seat in that season's World Series - to finish the year with over 40 wins for the third consecutive season.
Gumpf and the Irish rallied to a runner-up finish in the 2007 edition of the BIG EAST Tournament upon entering the event as the fourth-seeded team. Behind the solid play and leadership of senior Brown, Notre Dame advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth consecutive season before bowing out to Illinois State in regional action. Brown would later be named a second-team Academic All-American, finishing her career ranked among the program's all-time leaders in eight career offensive categories (including hits, runs, stolen bases, home runs and batting average).
As an assistant coach at Notre Dame (1998-2001), Gumpf worked primarily with the Irish pitchers and hitters. In each of those four seasons, Notre Dame lowered its team earned run average and eventually posted a spectacular 0.89 ERA in 2001, which ranked seventh-best in the nation. And as the team ERA dropped, its batting average steadily rose as the team set single-season program records for home runs, batting average, runs scored and strikeouts thrown with Gumpf on the staff.
Irish players have mirrored their coach's competitive fire over the past eight seasons and continue to show a flair for the ability to make clutch plays at key times. This became apparent in Gumpf's first season, when she led the team to face No. 4 Nebraska for the dedication game of the Cornhusker's Bowlin Stadium. Facing her alma mater for the first time as a head coach, Gumpf and the Irish left Lincoln with a 3-2 win after Liz Hartmann drilled a three-run homer in the top of the sixth inning for the upset victory.
The La Palma, Calif., native played at Nebraska from 1989-92 while earning a degree in business management. Gumpf was an all-Big Eight Conference second-team selection in 1991 and an honorable mention pick in both 1989 and 1990.
Prior to her collegiate success in Lincoln, Gumpf enjoyed an outstanding prep career with Gordon's Panthers, one of the most dominating Amateur Softball Association teams in Southern California.
Gumpf pursued a professional position with Delta Airlines after graduating from Nebraska but did not stay too detached from softball. She started to give private pitching lessons in the Southern California area and what began as a small side job turned into a major venture. After earning her master's degree from Azusa Pacific University in physical education and coaching in 1997, Gumpf entertained countless offers from college coaches hoping to entice her with the opportunity to get back into the college game. Perhaps not too surprisingly, one of the first coaches to call Gumpf was Liz Miller.
Miller discussed the possibility of having Gumpf join the Irish staff, but a position was never established and Gumpf would opt to become the pitching coach at Long Beach State.
Two years later, Miller phoned Gumpf again to offer a position and the future Irish head coach jumped at the chance. The rest is history.
During the dedication of the Charles and Marie Doherty Batting Cages at Melissa Cook Stadium in the fall of 2011, the Notre Dame athletics department bestowed Gumpf with an honorary Monogram.
"There are some things the Monogram Club can do and some things it can't do," Monogram Club president Dick Nussbaum said. "One thing we can certainly do is honor a head coach, and the leadership and the love that Coach Gumpf has shown to her players and to her family is just extraordinary. With that in mind, we're proud to welcome Deanna as the newest member of the Monogram Club."