July 25, 2002

EUGENE - J. Gaudreau, who has spent the past six seasons as an assistant coach at Mississippi State, will join Oregon head coach Kathy Arendsen as the first assistant for the Ducks, Arendsen announced. Gaudreau has been an assistant to Arendsen for nine seasons and will assume duties similar to those at Mississippi State, including hitting instruction and recruiting coordination.

'J. is a brilliant hitting instructor and excellent recruiting coordinator,' Arendsen said. 'She will make us a better offensive ball club. She is capable of assisting each player in growing and developing offensively.'

During her tenure with the Bulldogs, Gaudreau also worked with team defense, helping Mississippi State steadily improve and in 1999 the team posted a program-high .959 fielding percentage. Prior to joining Arendsen in Starkville in 1996, Gaudreau worked as a volunteer assistant at Yale under the direction of Arendsen.

'This is the elite of the elite,' Gaudreau said. 'It's a wonderful opportunity and a great town.'

Gaudreau brings 18 years of playing experience as a player on Amateur Softball Association teams and from 1975-1993 played in 11 ASA national tournaments.

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