University of Notre Dame head softball coach Deanna Gumpf has announced the appointment of Jamie Spitale as the program’s Operations Specialist. Spitale has spent the last five seasons as a volunteer assistant coach with the Fighting Irish.
“We were very lucky to secure Jamie’s experience five years ago and we are excited to move her into a full-time staff role,” Gumpf said.
“Jamie understands what Notre Dame softball is all about. She never lowers her standards and doesn’t allow anyone in the program to lower theirs. She is trustworthy, loyal, passionate and fits into our coaching staff perfectly.”
As the Operations Specialist, Spitale will handle the team’s travel arrangements, logistics, coaching video and serve as the team’s liaison with the Murnane Family Ticket Office, Notre Dame Athletics Marketing, Fighting Irish Media, and other support staff within Notre Dame Athletics.
“I love that I get to see everyone every day now,” Spitale said.
“I feel much more connected to the team I am excited to take an increased role on the staff. I love Notre Dame and working for Deanna. It is a dream come true to be able to say that I work at this great University.”
Spitale officially joined the Notre Dame softball staff in June of 2014. Notre Dame has advanced to the NCAA Championship in each of Spitale’s first five seasons on the Irish staff and she has been a member of back-to-back National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Mid-Atlantic Coaching Staffs of the Year (2016-17).
Prior to her arrival at Notre Dame, Spitale served on the coaching staff at Western Michigan University for 13 seasons from 2000-13, being elevated to the title of associate head coach in July of 2005. She was the primary pitching coach for the Broncos while also providing instruction to the team’s catchers and infielders, along with overseeing the program’s recruiting efforts.
During Spitale’s tenure at Western Michigan, Bronco pitchers secured 11 total all-Mid-American Conference (MAC) accolades, including nine first team selections.
Western Michigan made its first NCAA Championship appearance in more than 20 years in 2003, Spitale’s third season on the team’s coaching staff. The Broncos finished 2003 with a 30-24 record after seeing their season end in Region 7 of the NCAA tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Prior to joining the Western Michigan coaching ranks in 2000, Spitale spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Lake Michigan College from 1997-2000. The softball program boasted nine all-conference, four all-state, four all-region and three All-America selections during Spitale’s tenure.
Spitale also served a dual role as assistant athletic director at Lake Michigan College, maintaining a primary focus on academic development. A total of 41 athletes were named academic all-league, and five garnered national all-academic citations with Spitale overseeing the program’s academic efforts.
An all-academic selection during a standout career in the circle at Lake Michigan College, Spitale helped lead the program to a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship victory in 1993. During her collegiate playing career, Spitale was a member of two regional championship teams, earned all-conference, all-region and all-state honors, and was a second team All-America honoree.
Spitale graduated from Hillsdale College with a bachelor’s degree in science in 1997, and obtained a master’s degree in athletic administration from Western Michigan in 2004. She was inducted into the St. Joseph’s High School (Mich.) Hall of Fame in 2003 in recognition of her softball accomplishments.