Brandi Gordon Bennett
Brandi Gordon Bennett joined the Pacific Lutheran University staff in the fall of 2016 as the head softball coach.
“We’re excited to welcome Brandi to the PLU coaching staff,” said Athletic Director Laurie Turner. “Her coaching experience at Harvard University and Seattle University and her network in the Northwest will allow her to hit the ground running. I look forward to Brandi’s leadership in creating a stable environment that the athletes in the program can embrace and continue to grow as student -athletes.”
Gordon becomes the eighth coach in the program’s storied 35-year history that has seen the Lutes win three national championships (NAIA titles in 1988 and 1992, NCAA Division III in 2012) and capture 17 Northwest Conference Championships.
Gordon joins the Lutes from Division I Seattle University where she served as assistant coach since 2013, helping the RedHawks advance to the Western Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals in 2016. She additionally served as an assistant for Seattle from 2007-2008, helping the team win a share of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championship in 2008. Between stints at Seattle, Gordon served as an assistant at Harvard University from 2008-2013. While at Harvard, she helped the Crimson win the Ivy League Championship in both 2011 and 2012 while advancing to the NCAA Division I Regional finals in 2012.
“I want to extend a thank you to Laurie Turner and to the entire search committee for this opportunity,” said Gordon. “I’m truly excited to be a part of the Lute Family and feel very blessed to have been given the opportunity to take on this role in my home state at such a great university.”
Prior to Seattle and Harvard, Gordon was the director of softball operations at the University of Washington, helping the Huskies place third at the NCAA Women’s College World Series in 2007.
“PLU’s tradition of excellence, on and off the field, is truly something that I can stand behind and will easily be able to invite future student-athletes to join. I come into a softball program of many successes and I look forward to continuing that tradition with this year’s group of current student-athletes and colleagues.”
Gordon was a four-year letter winner at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, playing two seasons as a catcher before converting to an outfielder. As a senior, she was a Second Team All-Big West Conference selection and was a Third Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American. She graduated from the University of the Pacific with a sports sciences degree and a teaching credential in physical education.