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09/12/2016

Irish Vs. USSSA Pride Highlights '16 Fall Softball Schedule

Notre Dame will host three-time NPF champion as part of seven-game fall slate at Melissa Cook Stadium

09/09/2016

Irish Softball, USSSA Pride To Meet At Melissa Cook Stadium

Notre Dame set to face the 2016 NPF regular season champion at 7 p.m. on Sept. 27

06/13/2016

Irish Softball Coaches Named Top NFCA Mid-Atlantic Region Coaching Staff

Notre Dame coaching staff earns fourth NFCA all-region honor in program history after stellar 2016 season

05/18/2016

Diamond Details: NCAA Ann Arbor Regional

Notre Dame opens NCAA tournament play on Friday at 4:30 p.m. (ET) against Miami (Ohio)

05/16/2016

#20/23 Irish Return To Ann Arbor For NCAA Regionals

Notre Dame makes the short trip to Michigan for the 11th time in NCAA Championship play

05/15/2012

2011-12 Athletics Highlight Video

Debuted each year at the OSCARS - the year-end highlight video provides a look back at all 26 varsity sports competed at the University of Notre Dame and is created in cooperation with the Student Welfare and Development Office and LeSea Broadcasting.

04/24/2016

ND vs. UNC, 4/24/16 (Andy Mead)

Notre Dame and North Carolina faced off in an ACC doubleheader at UNC's Anderson Stadium (all photos by Andy Mead)

03/02/2014

Notre Dame vs. Ohio State

Notre Dame softball vs. Ohio State (photos by Jason Roberts)

02/28/2014

Notre Dame vs. Fordham, 2/28/14

Notre Dame vs. Fordham, game one of the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic (photos by Jason Roberts)

02/15/2014

Notre Dame, Day One at Jacksonville University Tournament

Irish defeated #23/25 Louisville 6-3 and Jacksonville 9-1 in five innings (photos by Skip Tapp).

07/24/2013

2013 Notre Dame Softball, A Season In Photos

The Irish made their 15th straight appearance at the NCAA Championship in 2013.

HONORS AND AWARDS:
2016 NFCA Mid-Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year
2014 NFCA Mid-Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year

2014 NFCA Donna Newberry Perseverance Award
2014 Alliance of Women's Coaches Bigger Picture Award
2013 BIG EAST Conference Coaching Staff of the Year
2011 BIG EAST Conference Coaching Staff of the Year
2011 Notre Dame Monogram Club Honorary Monogram Recipient
2004 NFCA Mideast Region Coaching Staff of the Year
2004 BIG EAST Conference Coaching Staff of the Year
2002 NFCA Mideast Region Coaching Staff of the Year
2002 BIG EAST Conference Coaching Staff of the Year

15 seasons overall at Notre Dame: 634-248-1 (.719)


In her 16th season as leader of the Notre Dame softball program, Deanna Gumpf continues to ascend the ladder as one of the nation's premier head coaches. 



Under Gumpf's guidance the Irish have made 15 consecutive trips to NCAA Regionals, claiming four conference tournament titles during that span. Even more, Notre Dame staked claim to the BIG EAST Conference's regular-season championship during her first four seasons on the bench (2002-05). The Irish hoisted BIG EAST regular-season hardware again in 2010, 2011, and the program's final year as a conference member in 2013 before transitioning to the Atlantic Coast Conference prior to the 2014 campaign. 



The Notre Dame coaching staff has received eight prominent honors during Gumpf's tenure, being tabbed as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Mideast Region Coaching Staff of the Year in 2002 and 2004, the NFCA Mid-Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year in 2014 and 2016, and the BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year in 2002, 2004, 2011 and 2013. 



Gumpf has compiled a career record of 634-248-1 (.719) in her 15 seasons at Notre Dame, placing her among the elite skippers in the NCAA.


Notre Dame Highlights:

• 4-Time NFCA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year (2002, 2004, 2014, 2016)

• 2014 NFCA Donna Newberry Perseverance Award
• 2014 Alliance of Women's Coaches Bigger Picture Award
• 15 NCAA Regional Appearances in 15 Seasons
• 10-Time NCAA Regional Finalist

• 11-Time BIG EAST Conference Champion (Seven Regular-Season, Four Tournament)
• 4-Time BIG EAST Conference Coaching Staff of the Year (2002, 2004, 2011, 2013)

• 2-Time Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Runner-Up (2014 & 2016)

• 3 USA Softball National Player of the Year Finalists
• 2 NFCA Freshman of the Year Finalists
• 17 NFCA All-Americans
• 64 NFCA All-Region Selections (42 First Team Choices)

• 6 Conference Players of the Year

• 4 Conference Pitchers of the Year

• 2 Conference Freshmen of the Year

• 96 All-Conference Selections (51 First Team Choices)

• 4 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans

• 9 NFCA Division I Scholar-Athletes

• 4 NPF Draft Picks
• 2011 Notre Dame Honorary Monogram

• Jarrah Myers – 2002 CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year


WHERE GUMPF RANKS IN ND HISTORY
Gumpf joined legendary fencing coach Michael DeCicco and Hall of Fame women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw as the only varsity athletics mentors to win 600 or more games during their Notre Dame tenures with a 5-1 victory over Central Florida on Feb. 26, 2016.

Gumpf reached the summit as the all-time winningest Irish softball/baseball coach after surpassing longtime baseball skipper Jake Kline (1934-75) with her 559th career win against Missouri on Feb. 27, 2015. Gumpf also ranks in the top 20 in winning percentage among all active NCAA Division I softball coaches with a career clip of .719 as of the end of 2016. 



Gumpf became the softball 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 Championship. Win No. 400 came in the form of a 9-0 five-inning win over Providence in April of 2011.



The 2013 campaign saw a pair of victory plateaus reached, as Notre Dame earned the 1,000th win in program history with an 8-2 decision at Georgetown (April 3). Later in the season, Gumpf joined Jake Kline and Paul Mainieri as the only softball/baseball coaches to win 500 games at Notre Dame following an 11-1 victory over Connecticut on April 23. The Irish offense erupted for eight runs on six hits during the bottom of the fourth inning against the Huskies to put the game out of reach and secure win number 500.

STANDOUT PLAYERS DURING THE GUMPF ERA

During Gumpf's tenure, 14 different Notre Dame players have earned NFCA All-America honors, with Andrea Loman (2002-03), Megan Ciolli (2004-05), Emilee Koerner (2013-15) and Karley Wester (2014 & 2016) being recognized as multi-time All-Americans. Koerner, the 2015 ACC Player of the Year, became the first player in program history to earn three All-America citations by being named to that season’s NFCA All-America third team after earning second team honors in 2013 and a third team citation in 2014.

The Irish have also produced 64 NFCA all-region performers, six conference players of the year, four conference pitchers of the year, two conference freshman of the year selections, 96 all-conference recipients, three USA Softball National Player of the Year finalists (Karley Wester – 2015-16, Emilee Koerner – 2013), and two NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year finalists (Ali Wester – 2016, Karley Wester – 2014) since 2002.

RECENT NOTRE DAME SUCCESS
Notre Dame made its 18th consecutive appearance, and earned its 21st overall bid in 28 seasons of varsity competition, in the NCAA Championship in 2016, reaching its 10th ever regional final and finishing the season with a 43-13 record at the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional. The Irish placed third in the ACC regular-season standings with a 13-7 league mark in their third campaign in the conference, ultimately reaching the final game of the ACC Championship tournament in Raleigh, North Carolina, against eventual Women’s College World Series qualifier Florida State.



Notre Dame spent over 120 days ranked in the national top 25 polls during the 2016 season, one of the longest stretches in program history in that regard. The Irish also surpassed the 40-win plateau for the 18th time in their history, a watermark attained in 12 of the 15 seasons since Gumpf became the program's head coach in 2002. 



The 2016 Notre Dame offense established a team record with 346 RBI in 56 games, finishing with a team batting average over .340 for the third straight season and just the fourth time in 28 years. The Irish batted .347 to place fourth in NCAA Division I softball, their third national top six placement in average in as many years. 



Co-captain Karley Wester earned her second career NFCA All-America nod by claiming third team honors following a dynamic 2016 season that saw the Notre Dame center fielder establish Irish program marks for a single season with 91 hits, 68 runs scored and 46 stolen bases. No other Notre Dame player has ever reached the 90-hit or 40-steals plateau in a given season. A Top 10 Finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, Wester became Notre Dame’s career stolen bases leader (98 in 110 attempts) over her first three seasons, and is the active NCAA Division I leader with 256 hits entering her senior campaign.



Karley Wester headlined seven Notre Dame NFCA Mid-Atlantic all-region representatives in 2016, which included fellow first team selections Micaela Arizmendi, Caitlyn Brooks, Melissa Rochford and Ali Wester, second team choice Morgan Reed and third team performer Bailey Bigler. The five Irish first teamers on the NFCA all-region squad equaled a program benchmark for a given season.
 
Notre Dame hosted an NCAA Regional for just the second time (first since 2005) during a historic 2015 campaign. The Irish capped that season with a 42-15 (.737) mark, establishing single-season program records for hits (543), runs (395) and on-base percentage (.419), batting above a .350 clip (.351) for the second straight year. 



Notre Dame also earned eight victories over fellow national top 25 foes in 2015, and enjoyed a 24-game winning streak from March through the end of April that was the second-longest in the nation during the year. The Irish tied their 2014 team total of seven NFCA Mid-Atlantic all-region honorees with Emilee Koerner, Katey Haus, Micaela Arizmendi and Karley Wester representing the first team, Cassidy Whidden on the second team and Jenna Simon and Morgan Reed on the third team.



Pitchers Allie Rhodes and Rachel Nasland each enjoyed breakout seasons under Gumpf’s tutelage in 2015. Rhodes became the 23rd 20-game winner in Notre Dame history by logging a dominant 20-5 mark in the circle as a junior, winning 15 of her final 16 decisions. Nasland compiled a 17-9 record as a sophomore, throwing her first career no-hitter against No. 9 Florida State (March 15) on her way to earning 2015 all-ACC second team accolades.



The Irish finished 41-13 (.759) and placed second in the ACC regular-season standings with a 16-5 league mark in their inaugural campaign in the conference in 2014, ultimately reaching the final game of the ACC Championship tournament in College Park, Maryland. Team records set by the 2014 Notre Dame team included the highest batting average (.357) and most doubles (107, 1.98 doubles per game) in a single season in program history, figures that also led all Division I teams in the NCAA. 



The Irish, who added 533 hits and a .419 on-base percentage, also finished second nationally with a .552 slugging percentage and were seventh in scoring after tallying 6.69 runs per game. Notre Dame was ranked among the national top 25 teams over the final 14 weeks of 2014, tying a program record set by the 2001 Irish team (54-7) for consecutive weeks appearing in the national polls during a single season.



A total of three Notre Dame players received 2014 NFCA All-America citations, with Micaela Arizmendi and Karley Wester copping second team accolades and Emilee Koerner being named as a third team All-American. The three Notre Dame All-America selections were tied for the most among all NFCA Division I members with College World Series participant Oregon, NCAA Super Regional qualifier Washington and fellow NCAA Regional competitor Auburn. 



Wester, who led the conference in batting average (.455), hits (81) and stolen bases (26) on her way to being named the ACC Freshman of the Year, was also one of three finalists for the inaugural NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year award. Wester, along with fellow first team choices Arizmendi, Koerner, Laura Winter and Cassidy Whidden, joined Katey Haus and Jenna Simon (second team) in representing a program record seven Notre Dame players who received NFCA all-region honors in 2014. 



The 2013 version of the Irish posted a 43-15 (.741) record, surpassing the 40-win plateau for the ninth time during Gumpf's tenure, winning the 13th and final BIG EAST Conference regular-season championship in program history, and ultimately reaching the final game of the BIG EAST Championship at the USF Softball Stadium in Tampa, Florida.



Emilee Koerner made Irish history in 2013 by finishing as one of the 10 finalists for the USA Softball National Player of the Year award, becoming the then 22nd Notre Dame NFCA All-America (second team) selection in the process. Laura Winter completed a dominant junior campaign as the BIG EAST Conference Player of the Year, earning the distinction of being the first Irish player to win both the league's player and pitcher (2012) of the year honors during her career.


EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE

In addition to its triumphs on the field, the Notre Dame softball program has made its mark in the greater South Bend community through various philanthropic endeavors. The Irish have received the Notre Dame Trophy Award, presented to a varsity athletics team exhibiting excellence in community service, five of the last six years, thanks primarily to the success of the program's Strikeout Cancer initiative.

Established in 2011 in support of the Gumpf family after daughter Tatum was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in the summer of 2010, Notre Dame's Strikeout Cancer leukemia awareness campaign has raised more than $200,000 in its first six years of existence. All proceeds directly benefit South Bend's Memorial Children's Hospital and children throughout the state of Indiana who have been diagnosed with cancer. Tatum has been in remission since the fall of 2012, on the road to making a full recovery.

ROAD TO NOTRE DAME
A native of La Palma, California, Gumpf (née Mays) played at the University of 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.

Gumpf began her collegiate coaching journey at Long Beach State, serving alongside head coach Pete Manarino during the 1996 and 1997 seasons. The 49ers posted an 80-42-1 (.654) mark during Gumpf’s tenure, winning back-to-back Big West Championships. Long Beach State pitchers saw the team ERA improve resoundingly under Gumpf’s tutelage, falling more than one full run to 1.40 in 1996 before improving once more (1.35) in 1997.


After earning a master's degree from Azusa Pacific University in physical education and coaching in 1997, Gumpf joined the coaching staff of NFCA Hall of Famer Liz Miller at Notre Dame. 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.

THE GUMPF FAMILY
Gumpf resides in South Bend with her husband John, two children, Brady and Tatum, and dog, Jenny.



DEANNA GUMPF YEAR-BY-YEAR AT NOTRE DAME

Year Won Lost Tied Pct. CONF Won CONF Lost CONF Tied Pct. Conference/Postseason
2002 44 17 0 .721 18 2 0 .900 BIG EAST Champion/NCAA Regionals
2003 38 17 0 .691 14 3 0 .824 BIG EAST Champion/NCAA Regionals
2004 49 20 0 .710 18 2 0 .900 BIG EAST Regular-Season Champion/NCAA Regionals
2005 46 15 0 .754 16 2 0 .889 BIG EAST Regular-Season Champion/NCAA Regionals Host
2006 42 21 0 .667 17 5 0 .773 BIG EAST Champion/NCAA Regionals
2007 32 24 0 .571 13 7 0 .650 BIG EAST Runner-Up/NCAA Regionals
2008 38 22 1 .631 14 8 0 .636 NCAA Regionals
2009 43 17 0 .717 19 4 0 .826 BIG EAST Champion/NCAA Regionals
2010 47 12 0 .797 18 3 0 .857 BIG EAST Regular-Season Champion/NCAA Regionals
2011 46 11 0 .807 19 1 0 .950 BIG EAST Regular-Season Champion/NCAA Regionals
2012 40 16 0 .714 16 3 0 .842 BIG EAST Runner-Up/NCAA Regionals
2013 43 15 0 .741 19 3 0 .864 BIG EAST Regular-Season Champion/NCAA Regionals
2014 41 13 0 .759 16 5 0 .762 ACC Runner-Up/NCAA Regionals
2015 42 15 0 .737 17 6 0 .739 NCAA Regionals Host
2016 43 13 0 .768 13 7 0 .650 ACC Runner-Up/NCAA Regionals
(15 seasons) 634 248 1 .719 247 61 0 .802 7 BIG EAST Regular-Season Titles, 4 BIG EAST Tournament Titles/15 NCAA Regional Appearances

Deanna Gumpf
Deanna  Gumpf

Position:
Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Nebraska '93

Experience:
16th Season

Event Calendar

Delta

February 10
12:00 PM
Weber State
Long Beach, Calif. (LBSU Softball Complex)
February 10
2:30 PM
Long Beach State
Long Beach, Calif. (LBSU Softball Complex)
February 11
12:00 PM
South Dakota
Long Beach, Calif. (LBSU Softball Complex)
February 11
2:30 PM
San Diego State
Long Beach, Calif. (LBSU Softball Complex)
February 12
12:00 PM
UCLA
Los Angeles, Calif. (Easton Stadium)
February 17
1:30 PM
Minnesota
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
February 18
10:00 AM
Michigan
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
February 18
12:30 PM
Minnesota
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
February 19
10:00 AM
Michigan
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
February 23
6:30 PM
Texas
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 23
9:00 PM
Missouri
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 24
3:30 PM
Arizona State
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 24
6:00 PM
Georgia
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 25
1:00 PM
Oklahoma
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
March 4
12:30 PM
Purdue
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 4
5:00 PM
FIU
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 5
10:00 AM
Chattanooga
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 5
12:15 PM
Charlotte
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 11
TBA
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)
March 11
TBA
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)
March 12
TBA
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)
March 14
5:00 PM
Georgia State
Atlanta, Ga. (Heck Softball Complex)
March 15
6:00 PM
Mercer
Macon, Ga. (Sikes Field)
March 17
6:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (JoAnne Graf Field)
March 18
1:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (JoAnne Graf Field)
March 19
12:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (JoAnne Graf Field)
March 24
6:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
March 25
3:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
March 26
12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
March 29
5:00 PM
Eastern Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 5
5:00 PM
Fort Wayne
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 7
6:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 8
3:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 9
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 12
6:00 PM
IUPUI
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 14
4:00 PM
NC State
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
April 14
6:00 PM
NC State
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
April 15
1:00 PM
NC State
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
April 19
6:00 PM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 21
6:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 22
3:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 23
12:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 25
5:00 PM
Northwestern
Evanston, Ill. (Drysdale Field)
April 29
1:00 PM
Arkansas
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 29
3:00 PM
Arkansas
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 30
12:00 PM
Arkansas
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 3
6:00 PM
Butler
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 5
6:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 6
3:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 7
12:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 11
TBA
ACC Championship
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Stadium)
May 12
TBA
ACC Championship
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Stadium)
May 13
TBA
ACC Championship
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Stadium)
May 19
TBA
NCAA Regionals
Campus sites
May 20
TBA
NCAA Regionals
Campus sites
May 21
TBA
NCAA Regionals
Campus sites
May 25
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
Campus sites
May 26
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
Campus sites
May 27
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
Campus sites
May 28
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
Campus sites
June 1
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 2
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 3
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 4
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 5
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 6
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 7
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)

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