Gamez Resigns Oregon Softball Post

Oct. 1, 2001

EUGENE - University of Oregon head softball coach Rick Gamez has resigned from his position due the discovery of financial irregularities of department expenses, according to the school's Athletics Director Bill Moos.

An internal audit conducted by the Oregon University System at the request of the secretary of state's office revealed a misappropriation of travel expenses in excess of $5,700. A reimbursement of the funds in question was part of the resignation agreement.

Gamez had accumulated an overall record 168-164-1 in five seasons at Oregon and guided the program to three post-season appearances. He assumed control of a team which recorded a 1996 mark of 21-30 prior to his arrival to one which posted back-to-back 40-win seasons for the first time in school history in 1998 and '99.

Prior to arriving at Oregon, the 40-year-old Gamez combined for a 75-92 record in three seasons at New Mexico State (1985, 1995-96) after recording a 230-53 junior college slate at Central Arizona Community College (1986-90) and Glendale College (1991-94). In addition, he led teams to one junior college national title, one national runner-up finish and three conference championships.

His resignation will be effective immediately.

First-year assistant coaches Jennifer Jaime (pronounced Hi-MAY) and Brent Rincon will temporarily assume the coaching responsibilities over the program until the university determines its direction on a permanent basis.

Transactions:OREGON - Announced the resignation of Rick Gamez as head softball coach.

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