Softball Earns Eighth Straight NCAA Tournament Bid

  San Diego State SoftballThe San Diego State softball team earned a trip to the NCAA Division I Softball Championship for the eighth consecutive season and the 11th time in 15 years. Read more

 

Kathy Van Wyk

Head Coach: San Diego State University

One doesn’t have to look hard to see what head coach Kathy Van Wyk has accomplished in her 18-year tenure with San Diego State.

Over the first 20 years of Division I softball, the Aztecs posted two .500 or better seasons and did not make an NCAA tournament. Since Van Wyk was named head coach in 1997 (17 years), SDSU has 16, .500 or better seasons, 14 winning campaigns and have advanced to 10 NCAA tournaments. Consider her accolades below:

* Five-time Mountain West Coach of the Year (2002, 2006, 2008, 2013, 2014)
* 10 NCAA tournament appearances (2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
* Seven MW regular season championships (2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014)
* Seven All-America selections
* 29 NFCA all-West Region selections
* 64 all-conference honorees (62 in MW)
* Nine MW Pitcher of the Year awards
* Seven Freshman of the Year awards
* 114 Player of the Week winners (107 in MW)

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Stacey Nuveman Deniz

Associate Head Coach: San Diego State University

Stacey Nuveman Deniz enters her seventh season at San Diego State, serving as the recruiting coordinator and the hitting instructor. Nuveman Deniz was promoted to assistant head coach from an assistant coach in 2010 and was moved to associate head coach in 2013.

Nuveman Deniz, a three-time U.S. Olympian, brings a host of softball experience and accolades to The Mesa.

 

In addition to her two Olympic gold medals (2000 and 2004) and silver medal in 2008, Nuveman Deniz has helped the United States National Team to a World Cup championship (2006), two World Championships (2002 and 2006) and two Pan American gold medals (1999 and 2003).

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Mia Longfellow

Assistant Coach: San Diego State University

Mia Longfellow enters her sixth season as an assistant coach at San Diego State.

Longfellow primarily works with the outfielders and assists with all aspects of recruiting. In addition, Longfellow is the travel coordinator and is the head person for alumni affairs.

In her five seasons as an assistant coach, the Aztecs have gone 176-100 (.638) and made the NCAA tournament each year.

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Samantha Duran

Volunteer Assistant Coach: San Diego State University

The San Diego State softball team added Sam Duran as a volunteer coach on Aug. 26, 2015. Duran will work with the outfielders and will assist in the office for the Aztecs.

Duran comes to The Mesa after a four-year playing career at UCLA (2012-15), helping the Bruins to a 179-60 (.749) record over that span. While at UCLA, Duran and the Bruins advanced to the 2015 Women’s College World Series, earned a 2014 Super Regionals appearance and two trips to the NCAA Regionals.

At UCLA, Duran played in 145 games, starting 22. Five of her starts came in 2014, while 17 came in 2013, where she hit .154 (4-for-26) with 11 runs, three walks and a stolen base. For her career, Duran batted .118 with 51 runs, a stolen base and three walks.

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