July 22, 1999 - by
Louie Berndt Joins FSU Softball Staff

July 22, 1999

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Dr. JoAnne Graf has announced that Louie Berndt, an FSU assistant coach in 1989, has returned to Florida State to serve as an assistant coach for the Lady Seminole softball program.

Berndt comes to FSU after serving as the head softball coach at Marshall University the past six seasons. Berndt was brought to Marshall to help jumpstart its softball program which was reinstated in 1993. In 1994, Berndt made her head coaching debut and guided the Thundering Herd to a 17-21 record. In 1995, in just her second season at the helm, Berndt led Marshall to its first ever Southern Conference Tournament title and to its first NCAA Tournament. She was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 1996 after the squad set numerous school records with a 39-23 record.

Berndt also developed a softball Booster Club while at Marshall and designed a new 1,000-square foot softball locker room, complete with a players? lounge, an adjacent 1,680-square foot indoor batting cage and a playing field located in the heart of campus. Several of Berndt?s players at Marshall received all-conference accolades, including back-to-back Freshman “Player of the Year” honors.

Berndt is a graduate of Western Michigan University, where she was a two-time All-American at second base. She led the Broncos to three NCAA Tournament bids, including two World Series berths. The team leader in hitting three straight seasons, Berndt had a career .321 batting average and .973 fielding percentage. An All-Mid American Conference and NCAA All-Region selection, Berndt was also invited to the Pan American Team tryouts and was selected to play in the Tri-Nation Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., during her senior year.

In 1985, Berndt turned her efforts to the coaching ranks as an assistant coach at Nicholls State. She helped lead Nicholls to a school-record 47 wins that year. In 1987, the Lady Colonels won the Gulf Star Conference Championship. Berndt joined the Florida State staff as a pitching and outfield coach for the 1989 season. She helped the Lady Seminoles to a Top 20 ranking and a second-place finish at the Southwest Regionals. From 1989 to 1993, Berndt helped rebuild a struggling Ohio State softball program. The Buckeyes won the Big Ten Championship in 1990 and advanced to NCAA Regionals.

“We are very excited and feel very lucky to have Louie return to Florida State,” Graf said. “She is an exceptional coach and person who will help keep us continue the excellence that is expected of the Florida State softball program.”

Some of Berndt’s responsibilities at Florida State will include recruiting, coaching the oufield and serving as the coordinator of the JoAnne Graf softball summer camps.

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