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Softball Announces Staff Promotions

All-American Amy Buntin and Kris Ganeff

Aug. 2, 2012

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Former Notre Dame softball standouts and current assistant coaches Kris Ganeff and Lizzy Lemire have each been promoted as associate coaches, it was announced recently by head coach Deanna Gumpf. John Whitty, who served as the program's student manager for the 2010 season, also has been added to the staff while filling a newly-created operations position.

"This is a vote of confidence and support and shows how much I value their strengths in their respective areas of responsibility," Gumpf said. "We've had such great success as a program these past few years and Kris and Lizzy played a huge role in every facet along the way. They're both very capable of running a Division I program, including Notre Dame.

"I am very confident that they're more than deserving of this title due to their dedication and commitment to making Notre Dame a national contender. Both Kris and Lizzy bring different philosophies, skills and talent to this staff. We all complement each other in such a great fashion to help make the student-athlete experience at Notre Dame on and off the field the best in the country."

Regarded as the best all-around catcher in Irish history, Ganeff is now in her 12th year of work with the program. Ganeff spearheads the recruiting efforts for the Irish, which annually attracts the top players from across the nation. In addition to being the program's recruiting coordinator, she also runs and directs Notre Dame's camps and clinics.

A key member of the 2002, 2004 and 2011 BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year, Ganeff works closely with the Irish infielders and catchers.

"Kris has been with this program both as a player and a coach while serving as my right hand with all decision making," Gumpf said. "Her hard work and efforts throughout the years have not gone unnoticed by countless others throughout this profession."

 

 

A former member of the U.S. National Softball Team and 2001 BIG EAST Player of the Year, Lemire returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach for the Irish softball team in the fall of 2005. Lemire works closely with the Irish outfield corps and is also the staff's polished hitting coach. She has helped Notre Dame advance to the NCAA Tournament in each of her seven seasons as part of the coaching staff, including BIG EAST Conference tournament titles in 2006 and 2009.

"Lizzy is a tireless worker and one of the best young coaches in the game," Gumpf said. "No one epitomizes what Notre Dame is all about more than Lizzy."

Whitty will join the Irish coaching staff and players, who last season advanced to their 14th consecutive NCAA Championship and finished the spring season with a 40-16 record, after being the manager of the Joyce Athletics Grants-in-Aid Program for the past two years. In that role, Whitty was responsible for all aspects of stewardship and coordination of Notre Dame's elite athletic benefaction society.

A 2010 Notre Dame graduate, Whitty spent three years in the student manager organization serving as the senior softball manager in 2010 and a football student manager in 2009.

"I am thrilled that we were able to add this operations position to our program and no one would be better suited for this role than John," Gumpf said. "John understands our goals, direction and commitment. He'll be entrusted with helping us continue to grow as a staff and take our program to the next level. John will take care of our operational needs and community outreach programs while the coaching staff can focus on coaching and competing for a national title."

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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
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May 26
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
Campus sites
May 27
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
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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
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Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 4
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Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 5
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Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 6
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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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