Garza returns home to lead Bulldog Softball
  Garza looks to add to the program's rich history with passion and intensity as she becomes the fourth head softball coach at Fresno State Read More

 

Linda Garza

Head Coach

 

In July 2016, Linda Garza, a Fresno native, became the Fresno State softball program’s fourth head coach in its storied history. Garza took over a team that had won back-to-back Mountain West Championships, but lost eight seniors to graduation, including the reigning MW Pitcher of the Year and MW Defensive Player of the Year.

 

She wrapped up her first season at the helm of the program with a 35-23 record, continuing Fresno State’s streak of 36 straight 30-win seasons, and the Bulldogs’ 33rd NCAA Tournament appearance. Fresno State tied for third place in the MW with a 14-9 conference record and received an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament Seattle Regional. In the regional, the ‘Dogs fell to No. 20 Michigan 3-1, shut out Montana 7-0, then fell to Michigan again, 4-0. The Bulldogs began the season ranked No. 24 in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches’ Poll and moved up to No. 21 on Feb. 14.

 

Five players on the Bulldogs’ 2017 squad were named NFCA All-Pacific Region, four were selected to All-MW teams (two first-team and two second-team) and sophomore pitcher Kamalani Dung earned the honor of MW Pitcher of the Year. Fresno State also had seven MW All-Academic selections.

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Jodie Cox

Assistant Coach

 

Jodie Cox wrapped up her first year as a Fresno State assistant softball coach as the primary pitching instructor under first-year head coach Linda Garza.

 

Garza and her staff took over a team that had won back-to-back Mountain West Championships, but lost eight seniors to graduation, including the reigning MW Pitcher of the Year and MW Defensive Player of the Year.

 

She wrapped up her first season with the program with a 35-23 record, continuing Fresno State’s streak of 36 straight 30-win seasons, and the Bulldogs’ 33rd NCAA Tournament appearance. Fresno State tied for third place in the MW with a 14-9 conference record and received an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament Seattle Regional. In the regional, the ‘Dogs fell to No. 20 Michigan 3-1, shut out Montana 7-0, then fell to Michigan again, 4-0.

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Justin Shults

Assistant Coach

 

Justin Shults wrapped up his first year as a Fresno State assistant softball coach as the primary hitting instructor under first-year head coach Linda Garza.

 

Garza and her staff took over a team that had won back-to-back Mountain West Championships, but lost eight seniors to graduation, including the reigning MW Pitcher of the Year and MW Defensive Player of the Year.

 

He wrapped up his first season with a 35-23 record, continuing Fresno State’s streak of 36 straight 30-win seasons, and the Bulldogs’ 33rd NCAA Tournament appearance. Fresno State tied for third place in the MW with a 14-9 conference record and received an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament Seattle Regional. In the regional, the ‘Dogs fell to No. 20 Michigan 3-1, shut out Montana 7-0, then fell to Michigan again, 4-0.

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Haley Janzer

Volunteer Assistant Coach

 

Haley Janzer (Perkins) enters her second year as a volunteer assistant coach for Fresno State Softball’s 2018 season.

 

Janzer, a former Fresno State softball standout from 2006-09, is on the Bulldogs’ all-time lists for career batting average (.359, 6th), hits (283, 6th), runs (189, 4th), triples (13, 8th) and stolen bases (28, 9th).

 

“I’m thrilled Haley has joined our staff,” Fresno State head coach Linda Garza said in 2017. “She’s a Bulldog, a proven winner, and can relate firsthand about what it takes to win consistently as a player. Haley brings great energy and I’m excited to work with her.”

 

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