July 24, 2002 - by
Washington All-American Named New FSU Softball Assistant Coach

July 24, 2002

Dr. JoAnne Graf, head coach of the fourth-ranked Seminole softball team, announced the hiring of Eve Gaw as the program’s new assistant coach Wednesday. Gaw, who will handle FSU’s pitching staff, was named a third-team All-American in 1998 and is a four-time All-Pac 10 selection.

“We are very excited that Eve has decided to join our staff,” said Graf. “She brings a great wealth of national caliber experience and had a great career at the University of Washington. We are very excited about the energy and enthusiasm she will bring to the program.”

A four-year letterwinner at the University of Washington, Gaw received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1998 where she was a member of the Dean’s List. From 1998-2000, Gaw was a volunteer assistant coach with the Huskies. She worked with the UW pitching staff and also evaluated players on video along with other office responsibilities.

On top of her coaching experience at UW, Gaw spent the last five years honing her coaching skills. She has worked with children of all ages as a pitching and hitting instructor, a travel softball coach and as a head softball instructor.

“As a young coach you are hoping to get an opportunity to join a competitive program, work with talented athletes and to learn from one of the best coaches in the game and I believe I am getting that opportunity by joining the Florida State coaching staff,” said Gaw. “I am so excited to be a part of this staff. It is awesome to be here and after the teams success at the World Series last season. It’s a great time to come aboard since the program is riding high. The coaches expect that same success every year and I think we can accomplish that.”

Gaw, who had a career record of 69-17 as a Husky, played in three Women’s College World Series during her stellar career. She holds UW records for strikeouts in a game (15) and wins in a season (27). She also shares the Washington record for postseason starts (7). Her .909 winning percentage in 1996 is a school record as were her 39 starts and 12 shutouts as a freshman in 1995. She is second all-time at UW for career wins (69), starts (100) and shutouts (27) and she finished her career with four no-hitters.

“We are very excited that Eve has decided to join our staff,” said Graf. “She brings a great wealth of national caliber experience and had a great career at the University of Washington. We are very excited about the energy and enthusiasm she will bring to the program.”

Gaw, who didn’t begin hitting until midway through her junior season, is still third in career slugging percentage (.554), fifth in on base percentage (.410), tied for fifth in homeruns (13) and tied for seventh in batting average (.326).

In her first season in the circle, Gaw had a record-breaking campaign. She won a school-record 27 games and set the single-season mark for starts (39) and shutouts (12). As a sophomore, she went 20-2 and allowed just two earned runs in 12-plus innings at the 1996 WCWS as the Huskies advanced to the championship game. After Washington fell behind Arizona 5-0 in the second frame of the national championship game, Gaw came in and pitched 5.1 innings of relief allowing just one run as the Huskies eventually closed the Wildcats lead to 6-4.

In the 1997 WCWS, Gaw helped Washington to a third-place finish as she picked up double-digit wins for the third consecutive season. She had another strong outing in the World Series giving up just one run over 5.2 innings in a 1-0 loss to UCLA in the semi-finals. As a senior, Gaw switched her focus from the mound to the plate as she earned third-team All-American honors as a utility player. She led the Huskies in batting average (.345), RBIs (37) and home runs (8) while playing first base and she also went 7-1 inside the circle. She captained the Huskies to another third place finish in the WCWS in 1998 as she went 4-for-14, scored two runs, knocked in three RBIs and hit a homerun. She was also named first team All-Pac 10 and second-team All-Pacific Region.

Eve Gaw was a 1998 All-American and four-time All-Pac 10 selection while pitching at Washington.

Gaw replaces Heather Compton who took a similar position at the University of Florida earlier this summer. The Seminoles are coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history as they advanced to the semifinals of the 2002 WCWS. Although she loses All-American Leslie Malerich to graduation, Gaw returns two pitchers including All-ACC selection Jessica van der Linden and sophomore Casey Hunter. She will get additional help from one of the top freshman hurlers in the nation when school resumes this fall. The Seminole pitching staff is just a year removed from capturing the NCAA ERA Title and FSU finished with the best staff ERA in the ACC last season.

“We lost a great pitcher in Leslie Malerich but that staff is young and I believe both returnees are both very talented after watching game tape on them,” said Gaw. “There is a lot of individual talent on this pitching staff. We are also bringing in one of the nation’s top pitching prospects this year so there is a lot of reasons to be excited.”

For more information on Seminole softball, FSU’s run to the semifinals of the 2002 Women’s College World Series, final statistics, an 11-page season wrap-up or anything else concerning one of the nation’s premier softball programs, log on to seminoles.com, the official athletic website of the Florida State University Department of Athletics.

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