Laura Severson Joins Cardinal Coaching Staff
Aug. 13, 2009
Stanford, Calif. - Former Cardinal pitcher Laura Severson '06 has been named the new Stanford assistant softball coach, as announced by head coach John Rittman today. Severson will replace Jessica Allister on the 2010 staff.
'We are very excited to have Laura join our staff,' said Rittman. 'She was a very important part of our program for four years and will be a great resource for our players both on and off the field. She has proven herself to be a great teacher, is an extremely hard worker and has a lot of enthusiasm for the game. We look forward to the energy and dedication she will bring to our program.'
'I'm honored to have this opportunity,' said Severson. 'Stanford is an incredible place with incredible people and I look forward to coaching with Coach Rittman and Coach Ford. I feel very lucky to have played at Stanford and now having the opportunity to coach is very exciting. I know that we will accomplish great things and can't wait to pursue a national championship.'
Severson comes to The Farm from University of the Pacific, where she spent three seasons as the Tigers' pitching coach. During that time, she guided Pacific pitchers to four all-conference awards, 79 victories and an NCAA Regional appearance.
In 2007, her first season of coaching, Severson stepped in and helped the pitching staff to a 36-24 overall record and a conference-best 1.94 ERA in Big West play. The squad made its 11th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance that year, and advanced to the Tucson Regional championship game. Severson has since helped guide the Tigers to 43 more wins, while developing a total of 16 All-Big West selections and two All-Americans.
Prior to joining the Pacific staff, Severson spent four years as a pitcher for Stanford, finishing her career in 2006 as one of the program's all-time leaders in wins, strikeouts and earned run average. She tallied 43 victories, struck out 280 batters and posted a 2.41 ERA in just under 400 innings of work - all career numbers that still rank among the 10 best in school history.
As a senior in 2006, Severson led the Cardinal to the Tuscaloosa Super Regional with a 1.96 ERA and 10-1 overall record, going undefeated until super regional action. She added 13 wins and 113 K's as a member of Stanford's Women's College World Series team in 2004, and turned in a career-best 15 wins and a 1.80 ERA during Stanford's 2005 Pac-10 championship season.
Severson was named the 2004 WCWS team's most inspirational player and was a 2006 Pac-10 All-Academic selection.
A native of Frankfort, Ill., she earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Stanford in 2006.