Hines and Turner Join Iowa State Softball Staff

Iowa State head softball coach Stacy Gemeinhardt has assembled her coaching staff for the program's first season under the first-year coach. Gemeinhardt will be joined by Gary Hines and Crystal Turner when the Cyclones take the field in 2006.

Hines, a native of Russell, Kan., will serve as the Director of Operations and Assistant Coach in charge of pitching for the Cyclones. He joins the Cyclone coaching staff after serving as a pitching consultant for Gemeinhardt's Emporia State teams since 2002. He also served as an assistant at Kansas from 1976-1988, coaching eight all-conference pitchers in his time with the Jayhawks.

Hines, who has been involved with softball for over thirty years as a player or coach, has also been a pitching coach for the Kansas City Fusion 18 and under team since 2001. His summer teams have all qualified for national tournaments, recent finishes of ninth at the USSSA nationals and fifth at the ASA Northern Nationals this summer.

While serving as an assistant and consultant, Hines spent the last 15 years as the Athletic Fields Supervisor in Lawrence, Kan. His duties included supervising six full-time and 20 part-time employees while being responsible for 2,000 acres of parkland, including three athletic complexes.

"I am very excited to have Gary here at Iowa State," said Gemeinhardt. "The accomplishments and experience he has with pitchers will be a great asset to our team."

Turner, a 2003 graduate of Ohio University, comes to Iowa State after three seasons as an assistant coach at Missouri Southern State University. While coaching the Lions, Turner was in charge of many of the everyday functions of the softball program, including organizing practice plans and serving as the recruiting coordinator.

Turner, a native of Raytown, Mo., was selected as Defensive Player of the Year during her senior season at Ohio. She also served as a Senior Board Member in 2003 and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Adventure Recreation.

Turner was a four-year member of the Raytown High School softball team, earning all-state honors at shortstop as a junior and a senior. She was also selected as the team's Top Offensive Player in her junior and senior seasons.

"Having coached against Crystal for two years, I have been impressed with her recruiting and coaching styles," said Gemeinhardt. "I think she will have a great impact at ISU and I look forward to working with her."

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