Michelle Gardner Takes Over For Ann Pedersen

Aug. 8, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Ann Pedersen, assistant softball coach at Arizona State University the past seven seasons, has announced her resignation effective August 1. Pedersen cited that she wants to spend more time with her newborn daughter and is going to explore different career opportunities.

Third-year assistant coach Michelle Gardner will take over Pedersen's first assistant position, while Head Coach Linda Wells continues her search for the second assistant position.

For more than a decade Pedersen, formally Ann Rowan, has been a part of Arizona State athletics after starring as a shortstop from 1988-91. A powerful hitter for the Sun Devils, Pedersen's outstanding softball achievements earned her several long-standing marks in the ASU record book. In fact, she still holds the record for most hits in a single-season with 86.

A second-team All-American and first-team all-region pick in 1990, Pedersen ranks second all-time in Arizona State history in hits (245), third in triples (11), fourth in stolen bases (37), fifth in doubles (24) and ninth in RBIs (81). She finished 11th in career batting average with a .312 (minimum 200 at bats) and also earned All-Pacific-10 Conference distinction in 1990 and '91. A four-time Olympic Festival selection and three-time ASA All-American winner, Pedersen also played for the 1998 national champion California Commotion team.

Pedersen is a native of Tempe, Arizona and graduated from Arizona State in 1992 with a bachelor of science degree in therapeutic recreation.

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