ISU Names New Softball Coach

Gemeinhardt Named Iowa State Softball Coach

 

AMES, Iowa -- Stacy Gemeinhardt (pronounced gah-MINE-hart) has been named head softball coach at Iowa State University, athletics director Bruce Van De Velde announced today.

 

"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."

 

"I am very excited to have the opportunity to coach at Iowa State University," Gemeinhardt said. "When I visited the university, I was very impressed by Bruce Van De Velde and Calli Sanders and would like to thank them for this opportunity. It is exciting to be back in the Big 12 and I look forward to working with the Iowa State softball team."

 

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.

 

Emporia State won the 2004 MIAA tournament title and earned an NCAA Tournament berth en route to a 43-18 record, the second-most wins in school history. Four Hornets earned all-region recognition, while nine were NFCA Scholar-Athletes.

 

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.

 

Gemeinhardt, a two-time all-conference performer at Missouri, began her coaching career as a student assistant at her alma mater, spending one season on the Tiger bench. The outfielder was a two-time team MVP for Missouri and earned all-region honors three times. A three-time Big 12 Conference all-tournament selection, Gemeinhardt also earned NSCA and ASA All-America recognition, as well as academic All-America honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. She finished her career ranked among the top 10 in nine career statistical categories, helping the Tigers make two NCAA regional appearances and earn the 1997 Big 12 Conference regular-season and tournament championships. Gemeinhardt earned a bachelor's degree in social work from Missouri in 2001 and a master's of business administration from Emporia State in 2004.

 

"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."

 


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