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Gophers’ softball adds alum Katie Richardson as assistant coach

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Julianna Landis

July 2, 2020

The Gophers' softball team has rounded out its coaching staff with the addition of program alum Katie Richardson, who will join as an assistant coach. In her career for the Gophers, Richardson started all 224 games, earned a career batting average of .388, secured 179 RBIs, hit 40 home runs and was a...

Ritter in for the long haul as Gopher softball coach

Junior Katelyn Kemmetmueller practices on the side as freshman Emma burns goes up to bat on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat North Dakota State University 3-0.

Nolan O'Hara

May 4, 2020

The Gophers' softball team has had three different head coaches in the last four years. That period of turnover is now over.  On Sunday, Athletics Director Mark Coyle announced Piper Ritter will take over as the next head coach at Minnesota. In her first media availability as head coach on Monday...

Gophers softball begins head coaching search

The Gopher softball team stands during the national anthem on Saturday, May 18 at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat the University of Georgia 2-1.

Nolan O'Hara

April 30, 2020

A spring break series in Hawaii, a canceled season and now a head coaching search. It's been a whirlwind last two months for the Gophers softball team.  On April 23, in the midst of an already uncertain time, reports emerged that head coach Jamie Trachsel would be leaving Minnesota to become the...

Gophers softball head coach Jamie Trachsel announces departure for Ole Miss

<p>Gophers' softball head coach Jamie Trachsel speaks to players of the team.</p>

Nolan O'Hara

April 24, 2020

Gophers softball head coach Jamie Trachsel is leaving the program to become the next head coach at Ole Miss, according to KSTP's Darren Wolfson.  Trachsel spent three seasons as the head coach of the Gophers, leading the team to a 102-40-1 record in that time. She notably led Minnesota to its fi...

Three more seniors announce 2021 return for Gophers softball

Junior Katelyn Kemmetmueller throws the ball to first base for an out on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat North Dakota State University 3-0.

Nolan O'Hara

April 22, 2020

Three more seniors will be returning to the Gophers' softball team for the 2021 season, the team announced Monday via Twitter.  On March 30, the NCAA passed a proposal granting spring athletes an extra year of eligibility amid the mass cancellation of sporting events due to COVID-19, allowing seniors t...

Brooke Vander Heide reflects on short yet meaningful senior season

Nolan O'Hara

April 20, 2020

Deciding to transfer to the University of Minnesota for her senior season, Brooke Vander Heide was looking forward to something new.  Prior to attending Minnesota, the senior outfielder spent three seasons at BYU. With one year of eligibility remaining, Vander Heide wanted to "go big" and trans...

As the country adjusts to life under lockdown, days at the Kemmetmueller farm stay the same

Juniors Katelyn Kemmetmueller and Amber Fiser celebrate after an out on Saturday, May 18 at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat the University of Georgia 2-1.

Julianna Landis

April 13, 2020

When the Gophers softball season ended, what awaited senior Katelyn Kemmetmueller at home was not the typical quarantine. Instead of increased time on Netflix or shopping online, Kemmetmueller traded in her mitt and bat for some boots and gloves on her family's farm in Rogers, Minnesota.  The farm is m...

Amber Fiser to come back in the circle in 2021

Pitcher Amber Fisher hugs catcher Emma Burns after a strike out pitch at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium against Northwestern on Friday, May 3, 2019.

Nolan O'Hara

April 6, 2020

When the Gophers softball season came to an unexpected end due to concerns over COVID-19, pitcher Amber Fiser thought her collegiate career was over.  Playing a series in Hawaii at the time, Fiser and the Gophers knew games could be postponed or even canceled. They weren't expecting it to be the...

Softball’s season comes to a sudden end

Junior Amber Fiser pitches during the game against Louisiana State University on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. (Jasmin Kemp / Minnesota Daily)

Nolan O'Hara and Julianna Landis

March 19, 2020

In just five short days, Gophers softball had its season completely upended.  They went from playing in a tournament in Hawaii to learning their season over and their classes were moved online for the rest of the semester. While they had been guessing that some further changes to their season wo...

Minnesota softball puts together its best weekend of the year

Natalie Denhartog waits for the pitch during the game against Iowa at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Friday, April 26.

Nolan O'Hara

March 2, 2020

Strong offensive performances helped the Gophers softball team to an impressive showing at the Auburn Tournament, where it won four of five games games in the series. Gophers run-rule Binghamton, top Auburn Friday Minnesota had no trouble putting runs on the board in its first game of the weekend aga...