Diane Ninemire Named Assistant Coach to Greek Softball Team

March 24, 2003

The defending softball National Champions head coach, Diane Ninemire, has been selected as the assistant coach of the Greek softball national team by head coach Linda Wells. The team will compete in the 2004 Summer Olympics hosted by Greece in Athens from August 14-23, 2004.

Ninemire is in her 16th season at Cal, equipped with a current career mark of 680-343. She is just nine victories away from collecting the most wins by a Cal coach in school history. Former baseball head coach Bob Milano holds the record at 688.

Wells is in her 14th year as head coach of Arizona State and posts a career mark of 842-596-1 that spans over 28 years.

Ninemire added another milestone to her resume this past season when she guided the Golden Bears to the 2002 Women's College World Series national title. She led Cal to the NCAA postseason during each of her 15 seasons at the helm, including trips to the College World Series in 1992, '96, '99, '00, '01 and '02. In 2002, the Bears swept through their competition, notching a perfect 4-0 mark at the regionals in Fresno and again at the WCWS in Oklahoma City, Okla. Cal claimed the NCAA title with a 6-0 victory over defending champion Arizona.For their efforts, Ninemire and her coaching staff were selected as the 2002 Speedline/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) National Coaching Staff of the Year.

The 1991 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Ninemire has seen Cal players earn All-American honors 19 times since she has been at the helm. Prior to becoming head coach, she served as an assistant for five years at Cal under Donna Terry. Ninemire began her coaching career at Texas Women's University in 1980 as Terry's assistant before heading west to join the staff of the Golden Bears in 1983.

On a national level, Ninemire is a past chair of the All-American Selection Committee and member of the NCAA Pacific Region Advisory Committee.

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