June 17, 2004
Notre Dame, Ind. – Deanna Gumpf has signed a contract extension to continue as coach of the Notre Dame softball team.
The 2004 season marked her third at the helm of the Notre Dame softball program. The 82 wins she posted over the first two seasons are the most in school history, and she guided her Irish teams to set school records for home runs, RBI and fielding percentage in her first two years leading the program.
Gumpf’s record at Notre Dame stands at 126-48 (.725), and her first two Irish teams captured back-to-back BIG EAST titles and made NCAA regional appearances. In 2004, Notre Dame finished 18-2 in BIG EAST Conference play and became the first Notre Dame team to capture a championship at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, winning the Sliver Bracket title in February. The ’04 squad also posted the second-most wins in school history (49) and made its third appearance in the NCAA regionals under Gumpf.
Gumpf has coached three All-Americans during her tenure (Jarrah Myers in 2002, Andrea Loman in ’03 and Megan Ciolli in ’04), and Notre Dame advanced to the final day of competition at the NCAA Regional in ’02 (just two wins away from the College World Series). Gumpf and her staff were named the BIG EAST Staff of the Year in ’02 and ’04.
An Irish assistant coach for four seasons (1998-2001) before taking over the head coaching slot, the La Palma, Calif., native is a 1993 Nebraska graduate.