July 15, 2004
Tallahassee, FL –
Seminole softball head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf announced today that longtime first assistant Louie Berndt has been promoted to associate head coach. Berndt, who first served as a Seminole assistant in 1989, returned to Florida State in 1999 and has joined with Graf to lead Florida State to five straight NCAA Regionals, four regional finals and two Women’s College World Series over the last five seasons.
“This is a well-deserved promotion for Louie,” said Graf. “She has earned this new title and I am lucky to have an assistant of her caliber working with me and for Florida State. Since her return in 1999 our program has had one of its best runs in school history and I look forward to continuing this productive relationship for a long time.”
Berndt works mainly with the Florida State hitters and outfielders and serves as the Tribe’s recruiting coordinator. Under her command, the Seminole softball program has landed four NFCA All-Americans including USA Softball National Player of the Year and Honda Award winner Jessica van der Linden. Two of FSU’s recruits have been named ACC Rookie of the year in her tenure (van der Linden and Veronica Wootson) and van der Linden became the first-ever back-to-back ACC Player of the Year.
On top of her recruiting expertise, Berndt’s coaching of the FSU hitters and outfielders has paid dividends as well. This past season Florida State shattered the single season home run record and four of the six highest single season HR totals have all come since Berndt returned to FSU in 1999. This year’s squad also set new records for RBIs, runs and walks. Three of FSU’s seven all-time highest batting averages have come under Berndt’s guidance and the team has finished among the NCAA leaders in that category in each of the last two seasons. In 2004, FSU finished seventh in the nation in triples per game and 17th in scoring offense. Defensively, Berndt’s outfielder’s made just three errors in 123 chances for a combined .975 fielding percentage.
Berndt is a graduate of Western Michigan where she was a two-time All-American and was recently inducted into the school’s hall of fame. She was the head coach at Marshall University for six seasons before returning to FSU.