Four-Time All-American Kelsi Dunne Joins Mississippi State Softball Program
STARKVILLE, Miss. – One of the most decorated pitchers in college softball history, four-time All-American Kelsi Dunne has joined the Mississippi State softball program as a volunteer assistant, head coach Vann Stuedeman announced Wednesday.
“Kelsi commands instant respect in the softball community and we’re ecstatic that she decided to be a Bulldog and help this team reach places we’ve never been before,” Stuedeman said. “Her ability to thoroughly and effectively communicate her knowledge of the game to our players will prove to be an invaluable asset for our program going forward.”
The 2010 and 2011 Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year will assist Stuedeman with the Maroon and White pitching staff. Having enjoyed an accomplished four-year career under Stuedeman’s direction at the University of Alabama (2008-11), the right-hander led her school to three Women’s College World Series appearances. The Port Orange, Fla., native finished her time in Tuscaloosa as the school’s all-time strikeout leader (1,219), while also shattering the school record in career strikeouts per seven innings (9.82) and lowest opponent batting average (.165).
“To work under Vann and help her current pitching staff is an opportunity that I’m extremely grateful for,” Dunne said. “I look forward to using my passion and knowledge of the game to maximize player development here in Starkville.”
After earning a bachelor’s degree in business management and administration in December 2010, Dunne was selected first overall in the 2011 National Pro Fastpitch Draft by the NPF Diamonds. Currently, the newest Bulldog is pursuing her master’s degree in sport management.
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