California Golden Bears softball

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California Golden Bears
2012 California Golden Bears softball team
California Golden Bears athletic logo

University University of California, Berkeley
Conference Pac-12
Location Berkeley, CA
Head Coach Diane Ninemire (25th year)
Home Stadium Levine-Fricke Field
(Capacity: 1,204)
Nickname Golden Bears
Colors Yale Blue and California Gold

             

National Championships
2002
WCWS Appearances
1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2011, 2012
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1980 (AIAW), 1981 (AIAW), 1982 (AIAW), 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Conference Champions
1979, 1980, 1981, 1986, 1987, 2005, 2012

The California Golden Bears softball team is the intercollegiate softball team of the University of California, Berkeley. The team plays its home games at Levine-Fricke Field, which is located in Strawberry Canyon near California Memorial Stadium and while the stadium was built fairly recently in 1995, it is not up to the standards of the NCAA, and therefore cannot host NCAA tournament games. California softball is one of the most consistently successful programs at the school with a current 26 year NCAA tournament streak and a national championship in 2002. The current head coach is Diane Ninemire, who began her tenure in 1988 and has the most wins of any coach in California athletics history.

History[edit]

Levine-Fricke Field, home of California softball

The California Golden Bears softball team has been one of the most consistently successful programs at the University of California since its inaugural season in 1972. Through the program's first forty years (1972–2011), it has had a record of 1,445–705–3 which is a .672 win percentage. The Bears are consistently ranked in the top 25, have reached the postseason for 27 straight years, have reached the Women's College World Series 14 times (11 NCAA, 3 AIAW), and have won 1 Women's College World Series Championship in 2002. The current head coach is Diane Ninemire, who is currently in her 25th season leading California's softball program. Ninemire holds the California school record for most all-time wins by a coach, and has an overall record of 1,059–509 (.675).[1] The current home field of the California Golden Bears softball program is Levine-Fricke Field located in Strawberry Canyon behind California Memorial Stadium and Witter Rugby Field and the programs offices are located in the Simpson Center for Student Athlete High Performance. Levine-Fricke Field opened in 1995 with a capacity of 500 permanent seats and it was announced by the athletic department that the stadium had expanded to 1,204 seats on April 11, 2012.[2][3] Despite the fact that Levine-Fricke Field is relatively new (compared to California's other facilities), it is not up to the standards needed to host NCAA Tournament games so even though California has received a national seed multiple times in its history, they have never been able to host a regional or super regional. Before moving into Levine-Fricke Field, softball played at a facility called Strawberry Field right next to the current stadium where Witter Rugby Field is now located, before that, the team played at Hearst Field (now the Hearst Field Annex) near the Hearst Gymnasium.

2002 Season[edit]

In 2002, the California Golden Bears softball program won its first national championship after defeating the defending national champion Arizona Wildcats on May 27, 2002. There were high expectations heading into the 2002 campaign after reaching the Women's College World Series from 1999 to 2001 and with the Bears ranked #5 in the preseason poll. They remained in the national rankings (never falling out of the top 10) until they were the unanimous #1 after clinching the national championship and the Bears finished the 2002 campaign with a 56–19 (12–9, Pac–10), good for 4th in Pacific–10 Conference. After winning the national championship in 2002, the most outstanding player of the tournament was senior RHP Jocelyn Forest and Diane Ninemire and her coaching staff were named the Speedline/NFCA Division I Coaching Staff of the Year.

2012 Season[edit]

The 2012 season began for the Golden Bears with extremely high expectations with head coach Diane Ninemire going as far as comparing her 2012 squad to the 2002 national championship team. The Bears started the season as #3 in the NFCA poll and spent most of the season as the #1 team in the country in both the ESPN and NFCA polls. The Golden Bears compiled a record of 50–4 (21–3 in conference play), received the overall #1 seed in the 2012 NCAA Division I Softball Tournament, and thanks to upgrades at Levine-Fricke Field, California will be able to host tournament games for the first time since 1993.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Debbie Gebhardt (NCIAC) (1972–1973)
1972 Debbie Gebhardt 2–4
1973 Debbie Gebhardt 2–4 4th (NCIAC)
Debbie Gebhardt: 4–8 (.333)
Coni Staff (NCIAC) (1974–1975)
1974 Coni Staff 5–4 5th (NCIAC)
1975 Coni Staff 4–3 3rd (NCIAC)
Coni Staff: 9–7 (.563)
Myrtle Baker (NCIAC/NorCal) (1976–1977)
1976 Myrtle Baker 9–6 3rd (NCIAC)
1977 Myrtle Baker 12–9 5–3 4th (NorCal)
Myrtle Baker: 21–15 (.583) 5–3 (.625)
Bonnie Johnson (NorCal) (1978–1982)
1978 Bonnie Johnson 19–19–1 2nd (NorCal)
1979 Bonnie Johnson 37–9 1st (NorCal)
1980 Bonnie Johnson 46–11 1st (NorCal) 6–3 (AIAW WCWS, 9th Place)
1981 Bonnie Johnson 48–13 1st (NorCal) 4–4 (AIAW WCWS, T–5th Place)
1982 Bonnie Johnson 37–17–1 2nd (NorCal) 2–4 (AIAW WCWS, T–3rd Place)
Bonnie Johnson: 187–69–2 (.730)
Donna Terry (NorPac/Pac-10) (1983–1987)
1983 Donna Terry 26–21 6–6 4th (NorPac)
1984 Donna Terry 27–19–1 8–4 3rd (NorPac)
1985 Donna Terry 35–25 6–4 4th (NorPac)
1986 Donna Terry 43–17 8–2 T–1st (NorPac) 4–3 (WCWS, T–3rd Place)
1987 Donna Terry 34–15 8–2 1st (Pac-10) 0–2 (NCAA Regional)
Donna Terry: 165–97–1 (.630) 36–18 (.667)
Diane Ninemire (Pac-10/Pac-12) (1988–present)
1988 Diane Ninemire 39–24 7–11 5th (Pac-10) 1–2 (NCAA Regional)
1989 Diane Ninemire 38–26 10–10 4th (Pac-10) 0–2 (NCAA Regional)
1990 Diane Ninemire 41–28 9–9 3rd (Pac-10) 2–2 (NCAA Regional)
1991 Diane Ninemire 48–20 14–6 3rd (Pac-10) 0–2 (NCAA Regional)
1992 Diane Ninemire 47–16 8–8 3rd (Pac-10) 3–2 (WCWS, T–5th Place)
1993 Diane Ninemire 37–20 12–10 3rd (Pac-10) 2–2 (NCAA Regional)
1994 Diane Ninemire 40–21 10–12 5th (Pac-10) 1–2 (NCAA Regional)
1995 Diane Ninemire 41–21 20–8 3rd (Pac-10) 1–2 (NCAA Regional)
1996 Diane Ninemire 41–23 14–12 4th (Pac-10) 4–2 (WCWS, T–5th Place)
1997 Diane Ninemire 36–26 13–14 4th (Pac-10) 2–2 (NCAA Regional)
1998 Diane Ninemire 35–27 12–14 4th (Pac-10) 1–2 (NCAA Regional)
1999 Diane Ninemire 51–22 13–14 5th (Pac-10) 7–3 (WCWS, T–3rd Place)
2000 Diane Ninemire 49–25 6–15 T–7th (Pac-10) 4–3 (WCWS, T–7th Place)
2001 Diane Ninemire 54–18 6–14 7th (Pac-10) 5–3 (WCWS, T–5th Place)
2002 Diane Ninemire 56–19 12–9 4th (Pac-10) 8–0 (WCWS Champions)
2003 Diane Ninemire 49–20 10–11 3rd (Pac-10) 8–2 (WCWS, 2nd Place)
2004 Diane Ninemire 53–13 13–8 T–2nd (Pac-10) 7–2 (WCWS, 2nd Place)
2005 Diane Ninemire 52–15 13–8 T–1st (Pac-10) 6–4 (WCWS, T–7th Place)
2006 Diane Ninemire 49–14 12–9 3rd (Pac-10) 4–2 (NCAA Super Regional)
2007 Diane Ninemire 34–32 7–14 8th (Pac-10) 1–2 (NCAA Regional)
2008 Diane Ninemire 43–27 7–14 5th (Pac-10) 3–3 (NCAA Super Regional)
2009 Diane Ninemire 38–20 10–10 5th (Pac-10) 3–2 (NCAA Super Regional)
2010 Diane Ninemire 44–17 10–11 4th (Pac-10) 3–2 (NCAA Super Regional)
2011 Diane Ninemire 45–13 15–6 2nd (Pac-10) 6–3 (WCWS, T–5th Place)
2012 Diane Ninemire TBD 21–3 1st (Pac-12) 6–1 (WCWS, T-3rd Place)
Diane Ninemire: 1,059–509 (.675) 284–260 (.522)
Total: 1,445–705–3 (.672)

      National Champions         College World Series Participants         Conference Champions

Source: 2012 Golden Bears Record Book

Coaches[edit]

Head Coach Years Win-Loss Pct.
Debbie Gebhardt 1972–1973 4–3 .333
Coni Staff 1974–1975 9–7 .563
Myrtle Baker 1976–1977 21–15 .583
Bonnie Johnson 1978–1982 187–69–2 .730
Donna Terry 1983–1987 165–97–1 .630
Diane Ninemire 1988– 1,059–509 .675

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