June 27, 2003

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford University has hired Trisha Dean as an assistant softball coach, as announced today by head coach John Rittman.

Dean comes to The Farm after spending the last two seasons as head softball coach at Saint Mary's College in Moraga. Dean's squad finished the 2003 campaign with 25-27 record and a .481 winning percentage, which is the highest in school history.

'Trisha Dean has gained a lot of experience as the head coach of Saint Mary's.' Rittman said. 'She's going to bring a lot to our program in terms of her enthusiasm, pitching expertise, and defensive coaching ability. She's a very hard worker and has done an amazing job in her in her time at Saint Mary's.'

Prior to being named the head coach, Dean served as an assistant at Saint Mary's from 1999-2000 and worked with pitchers and infielders.

Dean was one of the best softball players ever at Saint Mary's, and is the only female athlete in school history to have had her number (9) retired. The 1999 graduate still holds career records in batting average (.364), hits (230), and doubles (62). In 1998 alone, Dean led the nation with 25 doubles and set a new school single season batting average record (.435).

Dean, who graduated from SMC with a degree in politics, is a native of Freemont, California.

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