Aug. 25, 2014
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame softball team will host its second annual Irish Softball Pitching Academy during the month of October at Melissa Cook Stadium.
Notre Dame head coach Deanna Gumpf and volunteer assistant coach Jamie Spitale will provide three separate 90-minute instructional periods on consecutive weeks (one week will be skipped due to the NCAA recruiting calendar) for players looking to improve their pitching skills and drill development during the offseason.
Players will learn through lecture, video analysis and drill work to maximize both the physical and mental aspects of pitching.
Sessions will be offered Wednesday nights beginning on Oct. 8 (Oct. 8, Oct. 15 and Oct. 29). All instructional periods will run from 6-7:30 p.m. (ET) on field at Melissa Cook Stadium. Players of all ages are encouraged to register, and will be grouped according to age within each academy session.
Gumpf, whose staff was selected as the 2014 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Mid-Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year, is the second winningest head coach in Notre Dame softball/baseball history with 549 career victories. She has mentored a total of eight BIG EAST Conference Pitchers of the Year, one pitcher who was named BIG EAST Player of the Year, four NFCA All-America pitchers and 15 pitchers who have received NFCA all-region recognition.
Spitale, in her first season as the Notre Dame volunteer assistant coach, previously served on the coaching staff at Western Michigan University from 2000-13 and was elevated to the title of associate head coach in July of 2005. During Spitale’s tenure as the primary pitching coach at Western Michigan, Bronco pitchers secured 11 total all-Mid-American Conference (MAC) accolades, including nine first team selections.
The total cost of the Irish Softball Pitching Academy is $175.00 per player for the entire three-week session. Each player is required to bring their own catcher, and sessions are limited to 24 players per night. Payment must be made in full, and the academy fee is non-refundable.
For more information, and to register for the pitching academy, contact Notre Dame associate softball coach Kris Ganeff at Ganeff.firstname.lastname@example.org.