Courtney Dale to Join Bruin Softball Coaching Staff

July 13, 2004

LOS ANGELES - Former UCLA All-America pitcher Courtney Dale will join the UCLA coaching staff as a Volunteer Assistant for the 2005 collegiate season, head coach Sue Enquist announced today.

'We are thrilled to have Courtney Dale join our coaching staff,' said Enquist.'Her dominance in the circle as a player and her technical knowledge as a coach will be a great addition to our program. She is an excellent role model and a proven winner in every sense of the word.'

Dale, a native of Fresno, Calif., (Bullard HS), was the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year and was the winning pitcher in the 1999 NCAA Championship game as a sophomore. That season, she compiled a 33-1 record with a 0.98 ERA, striking out 218 batters en route to the national championship. Injuries slowed her production during her junior and senior seasons, but Dale completed her UCLA career with a 56-5 record while hitting 17 home runs in her career.

A three-time All-Pac-10 selection, Dale's 33 wins during the 1999 season is the second highest single-season total in Bruin history. She ranks in the top-20 in Bruin career offensive history in games played, at-bats, hits, RBIs, doubles and home runs, as well as pitching victories, appearances, innings pitched and strikeouts.

Since the completion of her Bruin career, Dale has played professional softball in Japan for the last two years, and participated with USA Softball's Elite Team in the summer of 2003, eventually earning an invitation to the Olympic Team trials last summer.

Dale fills a position left open by the departure of Lisa Fernandez, who resigned in order to pursue other opportunities, including the launch and development of the Lisa Fernandez Tournaments.

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