John Rittman Signs Contract Extension Through 2007 Season

June 2, 2004

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford softball head coach John Rittman has been signed to a contract extension through the 2007 season. Rittman has led the Cardinal to seven consecutive postseason appearances and two Women's College World Series berths. He has helped Stanford to seven consecutive 40-win seasons and has been named Pac-10 Coach of the Year twice during his tenure, most recently in 2004 after leading the Cardinal to a 49-19 overall record and its best conference finish in the history of the program, a tie for second in the Pac-10.

'I am extremely excited to continue building the Stanford softball program,' said Rittman. 'We've accomplished a lot in eight years and I want to accomplish more. This is a great university with wonderful people to work with. I look forward to continued success on The Farm.'

Rittman has compiled a 345-169-2 record in his eight years as Stanford's head coach (1997-2004). He led the Cardinal to a season-best 54 wins in 2001 and the programs first berth in the Women's College World Series, where they finished tied for third. He has had 10 athletes earn 17 NFCA All-America honors, including three in '04 - Dana Sorensen (first team), Lauren Lappin (second team) and Jessica Allister (second team).

Rittman will serve as the assistant coach for the 2004 USA Olympic Softball Team that will compete in Athens, Greece, this summer. He was also a part of the '03 team that won a gold medal at the Pam American Games in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic as well as a gold at the U.S. Cup.

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