Gaw Joins Husky Softball Coaching Staff

July 9, 2004

Seattle - Washington softball coach Heather Tarr announced today the hiring of former Husky All-American Eve Gaw as an assistant coach. Gaw is the first person named to the coaching staff by Tarr, who was announced as head coach on Monday.

'Eve has grown a tremendous amount in the last two years at FSU,' Tarr said. 'She possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience, which she accumulated not only while playing here at Washington, but also in going to FSU to develop herself personally and professionally.

'She will help develop the talent that we already posses, and develop future pitching staffs that will allow us to contend for the national title. I'm excited for the opportunity to work with a former teammate.'

Gaw comes to Washington from Florida State, where she spent the past two years as the assistant coach in charge of pitching. She tutored the Seminole pitching staff that had the nation's best ERA in 2004, and the fourth best mark in 2003. Under Gaw's tutelage, pitchers Jessica van der Linden and Casey Hunter both earned first team Easton All-American honors in 2004, finishing with the nation's second and third lowest individual ERAs, respectively. Van der Linden also received the Honda Award for softball and USA Softball National Player of the Year award, becoming the first woman ever to win both accolades. The Seminoles posted 106-23 record in Gaw's two seasons at FSU and earned a trip to the Women's College World Series in 2004.

Prior to her time at Florida State, Gaw spent seven years at Washington, both as a player and a volunteer assistant coach.

Gaw, who had a career record of 69-17 as a Husky pitcher, played in three Women's College World Series while at Washington, helping the Huskies to third-place WCWS finishes in 1997 and 1998, and a second-place finish in 1996. A four-time All Pac-10 selection, she earned third team All-America honors in 1998.

Gaw holds the Husky record for strikeouts in a game, recording 15 against Western Washington as a redshirt freshman in 1995. She finished the 1995 season with 27 wins, tied for fourth most in Husky history, recorded 12 shutouts, good for second most, and was named the Husky softball rookie of the year.

Although Gaw didn't begin hitting until midway through her junior season, she is still fifth in the Husky record books in career slugging percentage (.554), ninth in career on-base percentage (.410), and tied for eighth in home runs (13). As a senior, Gaw led the Huskies in batting average (.345), RBIs (37) and home runs (8) while playing first base. She did not abandon the circle, however, going 7-1 with a 1.50 ERA. After the season she was named the Husky player of the year.

Gaw served as a volunteer assistant coach at Washington from 1998-2000. She worked with the UW pitching staff and also evaluated players on video along with other office responsibilities. Tarr, who also served as a volunteer assistant at Washington in 1998, played alongside Gaw from 1994-1997.

Gaw, 29, received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1998 from Washington, where she was a member of the Dean's List.

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