Trisha Ford Named Associate Head Softball Coach

July 31, 2008

Stanford, Calif. - Former Stanford Assistant Coach Trisha Ford has been promoted to Associate Head Coach for the upcoming season announced Head Coach John Rittman today. Ford will return for her sixth season on the Cardinal coaching staff next year.

'Through all of her hard work and dedication to our program, we're excited to announce that Trisha Ford has been promoted to Associate Head Coach,' said Rittman. 'She is very deserving of this role, and we look forward to her continued success with our team.'

A former pitcher and outstanding hitter at Saint Mary's, Ford came to The Farm in the summer of 2003, and has since helped the team and its pitchers to notable success. In her five years with the program, she has helped guide Stanford to an appearance in the Women's College World Series, its first Pac-10 Championship, five NCAA Tournament appearances and four 40-win seasons. In 2008, under Ford's guidance, junior Missy Penna was named an All-American, set a school record with 37 wins, and became the eighth player in Pac-10 history, and the first at Stanford, to record 400 or more strikeouts in a single season.

'I am honored to be recognized with this new title,' said Ford. 'We have an incredible staff and I'm excited for what we can accomplish next season and in the future.'

Ford and the rest of the Cardinal will host four exhibition games this fall, before beginning their quest for a Pac-10 title and a trip to the 2009 Women's College World Series next February.

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