Notre Dame softball coaching staff honored

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ND Insider

The Notre Dame coaching staff has been named the 2014 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Mid-Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year.

The Irish coaching staff earned the honor after the team completed its first season in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the NFCA, following Notre Dame’s transition to the Atlantic Coast Conference in July of 2013.

Head coach Deanna Gumpf and associate coach Kris Ganeff received regional staff of the year recognition for the third time during their tenures at Notre Dame, to go along with NFCA Mideast Region Coaching Staff of the Year honors in 2002 and 2004. Associate coach Lizzy Lemire, volunteer assistant coach Brittany O’Donnell and director of softball operations John Whitty were recognized as members of an NFCA regional staff of the year for the first time.

Notre Dame made its 16th consecutive appearance, and earned its 19th overall bid in 26 seasons of varsity competition, in the NCAA Championship in 2014, finishing the season with a 41-13 record after competing in the NCAA Los Angeles Regional. The Irish placed second in the ACC regular-season standings with a 16-5 league mark.