"Stacy will bring great expertise to the head coaching position with her successful experience as a head coach and her background as a student-athlete in the Big 12 Conference," Van De Velde said. "We look forward to having Stacy as a part of the athletic department and building a successful softball program together."
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Gemeinhardt, a two-time Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Coach of the Year selection at Division II Emporia State, earned a 153-76 record (.688) in just four seasons at ESU. Hired as a graduate assistant coach in August 2001, Gemeinhardt took over the Hornets program in November following the retirement of Jo Kord and posted a 19-25 mark in her first season. She earned 2003 MIAA Coach of the Year honors after leading her squad to a 37-20 record and a runner-up finish at the MIAA championship. The Hornets returned to the national rankings for the first time since 1996, recording the largest single-season turnaround in program history.
Gemeinhardt earned 2005 league coach of the year honors after a record-breaking season that resulted in a 54-13 record. The Hornets won the MIAA regular-season and tournament championships, logging a league-record 30 shutouts and 54 wins. ESU advanced to the NCAA North Central Regional final, just missing the national tournament with a 4-0 loss to Concordia. Five Hornets earned first-team all-MIAA honors and all-region selections. ESU was ranked as high as eighth nationally.
The Hornet record book was rewritten during Gemeinhardt's tenure, including the school marks for wins, home runs, runs scored, stolen bases and shutouts. Her players own the single-season records for strikeouts, hits, doubles, RBI and stolen bases. Pitcher Melissa Stevens was named the league's 2005 MVP and earned NFCA All-America honors. She was tabbed the MIAA Freshman of the Year in Gemeinhardt's second season.
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"Stacy has all of the qualities we were looking for in our next head coach," ISU senior associate athletics director Calli Sanders said. "Her ability to turn a program into an immediate national contender, her success as a Big 12 athlete, and her dedication to both the student-athletes and to the game of softball will all contribute to her fine leadership of Cyclone softball. We are fortunate to have attracted her to our program, as she is certain to have a successful Division I softball coaching career."