July 11, 2006
Notre Dame, Ind. – Deanna Gumpf, who has led the Notre Dame softball program to five NCAA Tournament appearances, three BIG EAST tournament championships and four conference regular-season titles in her five seasons as head coach, has signed a multi-year contract to continue as head coach of the Irish, University athletics director Kevin White announced today.
“I am thrilled that I will be extending my coaching career at Notre Dame,” Gumpf said. “The student- athletes here at Notre Dame are first rate and have made my coaching experience so gratifying. I feel very fortunate to be given this opportunity to continue working within the Notre Dame athletic department and look forward to continuing to strive to make this softball program one of the best in the nation.”
In five seasons as head coach, Gumpf has registered a sterling 70.9 winning percentage while compiling an overall 219-90 record. Prior to being named head coach on July 3, 2001, she spent four years on the Irish coaching staff (one as associate head coach during the 2001 campaign and three as assistant coach from 1998-2000) under former head coach Liz Miller. Under Gumpf, six players have earned All-America honors, 24 have copped first team all-BIG EAST recognition and two players have received Academic All-America recognition.
During her tenure as an assistant, Notre Dame finished with an impressive 177-63 record (73.8 winning percentage), including a program-best 54-7 mark in ’01. In that time, the Irish won four BIG EAST regular-season titles and two tournament championships, while advancing to the NCAA Tournament on three occasions.
Notre Dame won the BIG EAST regular-season title in each of Gumpf’s first four seasons and claimed tournament titles in both 2002 and 2003. In 2006, her Irish team finished with a 42-21 overall record and finished third in the final BIG EAST regular-season standings before winning the conference tournament crown for the third time in five seasons.
The La Palma, Calif., native played at Nebraska from 1989-92 while earning a business management degree. Gumpf was an all-Big Eight Conference second-team selection in 1991 and an honorable mention pick in 1989 and 1990.
Even before her success in Lincoln, Gumpf enjoyed an outstanding prep career with Gordon’s Panthers, one of the most noteworthy Amateur Softball Association teams in Southern California.
After her collegiate career at Nebraska, Gumpf took a job with Delta Airlines before serving as an assistant and pitching coach at Long Beach State for two seasons. She then joined the Notre Dame staff as Miller’s top assistant in 1998.
“When we named Deanna as our head coach, she had a great vision for the direction of our softball program,” White says. “Over the last five years, she and her staff have done a tremendous job of achieving the goals she laid out when we named her our head coach. Deanna is widely respected in the coaching fraternity as a coach, leader and top-notch recruiter. I’m thrilled that she will remain as our head coach and look forward to watching her teams continue to excel at the national level.”