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Weil Named Softball Assistant Coach

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Release: 06/22/2012
         
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AMES, Iowa – Former University of Iowa All-American pitcher Brittany Weil has joined the Cyclone softball staff as an assistant coach and will work primarily with the Cyclone pitchers, head coach Stacy Gemeinhardt-Cesler announced Friday. Weil spent the last two years serving as the pitching coach at North Dakota State.

“We’re happy to have Brittany as a member of the Cyclone family,” Gemeinhardt-Cesler said. “What makes her so successful as both a player and a coach is her competitiveness. She’s done a great job at North Dakota State over the last two years and we’re excited to have her at Iowa State.” 

During her two seasons at NDSU, Weil’s pitchers earned numerous awards while leading the Bison to a 68-49 record, two Summit League Tournament Championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances. Before taking over as the Bison pitching coach, Weil was the team’s graduate assistant in 2009-10.

Last year, NDSU freshman pitcher Krista Menke posted a 25-13 record and 2.36 ERA under the leadership of Weil. Menke was named both the Summit League’s Freshman and Pitcher of the Year and was selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Midwest Region second team.

In her first season as the Bison pitching coach, Weil helped Whitney Johnson to a 23-13 record and a 2.48 ERA. Johnson was named to the First Team All-Summit League and was the Summit League Tournament MVP.

A record-breaking force for the Iowa Hawkeyes from 2006-2009, Weil broke program records for strikeouts (1,083), innings pitched (1,011.2), games played (183), complete games (110), no-hitters (five) and tied the record for most career wins with 99. Her 339 strikeouts in 2009 is the single-season Hawkeye record.

Weil’s best season was as a senior in 2009 when she threw 14 shutouts en route to a 26-12 record. Her five career no-hitters came during the final campaign, helping lower her season ERA to a miniscule 1.10 and earn her Second Team NFCA All-America honors. During her career, Weil was a four-time All-Big Ten honoree and was named to the NFCA All-Midwest Region teams three times, including two top team selections.

The only Hawkeye ever drafted in the National Pro Fastpitch Senior Draft, Weil was chosen seventh overall in 2009 by the Akron Racers. The Garden Grove, Calif. native compiled a 2.28 ERA for the Racers, finishing the season with a 4-3 record and helping the team to the postseason.

Weil earned a bachelor’s in communications studies from Iowa in 2009.

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