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First-team NFCA All-American at Bellevue CC
In second year as head coach at Western ... Named 2011 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, directing Vikings to 36-16 record, win total being school best, second place in GNAC and No.5 seed at NCAA Division II West Regional, school's first post-season appearance in four years ... WWU began season with 12-game win streak and ranked No.6 nationally and No.1 regionally during regular season, both school bests ... Interim head coach at NCAA I Texas Tech University in 2009 after three years as assistant for Red Raiders ... Attended University of Washington (maiden name Hanson), being catcher for nationally ranked Huskies ... Team captain as junior and senior, team co-MVP as junior, Golden Glove award winner as senior and Most Improved as freshman ... Helped Washington qualify for NCAA post-season play all four years, participating in College World Series in 2000 and 2003 ... Graduated from Washington in 2004 with bachelor's degree in psychology ... Co-owner of softball/baseball academy in Redmond (Wash.) for two years ... Is currently working on doctorate degree in Educational Psychology with emphasis on sports psychology ... Head coach at her alma mater Mount Vernon (Wash.) High School in 2010 ... 1999 graduate of MVHS, being four-time Skagit Valley Herald all-Area and all-league pick for Bulldogs ... 30 years old ... She and husband Dustin, have one child, daughter Haley, 1 ... They operate Competitive Edge Northwest, a baseball/softball instructional academy.
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