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Michigan assistant coach Jennifer Brundage is in her 19th season with the Maize and Blue. As the team's primary pitching coach, Brundage has guided U-M hurlers to 17 All-America citations over her tenure. She also works with Michigan's hitters in addition to handling a variety of team duties.
Since Brundage joined the Michigan family in the fall of 1998, the Wolverine staff has been named Great Lakes Coaching Staff of the Year 12 times (1999, 2001-02, '04-05, '08-10, '13-16) and was named Speedline/NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year for the first time in 2005.
Under Brundage's tutelage, nine Wolverines have been named Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, two have been Big Ten Player of the Year, while 31 U-M hurlers have earned All-Big Ten distinction, including 19 first-team selections.
Brundage coached Megan Betsa and Haylie Wagner to dual All-America honors 2015 and Betsa was unanimously selected as the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year. The Wolverine pitching staff combined for a 1.66 ERA in 2015, earning 491 strikeouts and 18 shutout wins.
In 2016, Betsa repeated as Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and claimed her second straight NFCA All-America second team recognition, ranking among the nation's leaders in both strikeouts and hits allowed per seven innings.
Brundage also boasted a multiple All-American pitching staff from 2008-10 with Nikki Nemitz and Jordan Taylor. In 2008, the duo boasted the nation's top team ERA (0.88) en route to dual selection to the NFCA All-America teams. Nemitz claimed All-America first team accolades in 2009 and was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, while Taylor earned the 2010 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year award. Both ended their U-M careers as three-time NFCA All-Americans.
Also among Brundage's most notable performers during her U-M tenure were two-time All-American Jennie Ritter (2005, '06), who captured the 2005 USA Softball Player of the Year award, winning 38 games en route to the program's first-ever national championship in 2005, and three-time All-American Marissa Young (2000, '02, '03), who also ranks among Michigan's top-five leaders in nearly every major pitching category.
Prior to joining the Wolverine coaching staff, Brundage served as an assistant coach at UCLA (1997-98) and at Tennessee-Chattanooga (1996-97). She also worked as an instructor with the Ron Lefebvre School of Baseball/Softball (1997-98) and has served as a clinician and speaker at clinics and tournaments across the country.
A member of the USA Olympic softball team in 2000 and an alternate in 1996, Brundage helped the United States win the gold medal at the Summer Games in Sydney, Australia, leading the squad in batting average. Brundage was Team USA's leader in runs and home runs and ranked among the top five in RBI, hits and batting average during the team's pre-Olympics Summer Central Park to Sydney Tour. She earned a spot on the Olympic team after helping the United States to gold medals in both the Canada Cup and Pan-Am Games in 1999.
Brundage won a gold medal at the 1998 South Pacific Classic in New Zealand and has participated in six U.S.A. Softball Festivals. She has played in a number of ASA Women's Major National Tournaments and helped the California Commotion to its fourth straight national championship in 1999. Brundage has earned seven Women's Major National championships in her ASA career and is a six-time ASA Women's Major All-American at third base and outfield.
A four-year letterwinner at UCLA (1992-95), Brundage helped the Bruins to four NCAA Women's College World Series appearances, winning the 1992 national championship and finishing runner-up in 1993. She earned a pair of NFCA All-America first team accolades at third base and was named the recipient of the Honda Award (softball) in 1995. Brundage led all NCAA Division I players in batting average (.518) as a senior and broke the Bruins' career records for home runs, RBI and doubles, as well as ranking second on the career list in batting average. On November 11, 2007, she was inducted into UCLA's Athletics Hall of Fame -- the ninth Bruin softball player to earn the distinction.
Brundage was the 1995 CoSIDA Softball Academic All-American of the Year and twice earned CoSIDA Academic All-America first team honors. Brundage was the recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and the UCLA Athletics Senior Scholarship award in 1995.
Brundage graduated from UCLA in 1995 with a B.A. in communications and later earned a master's in sports management from Michigan. Brundage resides in Ann Arbor with her husband, Rich Boys.
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