Stacey Nuveman

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Stacey Nuveman
Personal information
Birth name Stacey Nuveman
Full name Stacey Nuveman-Deniz
Nationality American
Born (1978-04-26) April 26, 1978 (age 39)
Los Angeles, California
College team UCLA Bruins
Stacey Nuveman
Medal record
Women's softball
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Team competition
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens Team competition
Silver medal – second place 2008 Beijing Team competition

Stacey "Nuvey" Nuveman-Deniz (born April 26, 1978) is an American, former collegiate NCAA Division I 4-time First Team All-American, National Champion winning, right-handed hitting softball player originally from La Verne, California. She played for the UCLA Bruins at the catcher position on-and-off from 1997-2002. She also won two Olympic gold medals and one silver medal for Team USA. She holds the Pac-12 career records for batting average, home runs and slugging percentage; she simultaneously holds the NCAA career record for intentional walks (81). Nuveman-Deniz is also one of eight NCAA players to possess a career .400 batting average along with at least 200 RBIs, 50 home runs and an .800 slugging percentage.


Nuveman-Deniz began playing the sport of softball at age 10. She played travel ball for several teams, including Gordon's Panthers, where she helped the team win the ASA 18-under Gold National Championship. At St. Lucy's Priory High School, Nuveman-Deniz propelled the Lady Regents to a CIF title. While at St. Lucy's, Nuveman-Deniz lettered in softball, basketball, volleyball and also served as student body president. Her excellence at St. Lucy's led to her receiving a softball scholarship at UCLA.

UCLA Bruins[edit]

1997 Stacey Nuveman-Deniz began her career in honors by earning National Fastpitch Coaches Association First Team All-American, Pac-10 Conference First Team and "Newcomer of The Year" awards.[1] She also immediately impacted the school record book by notching new season records for home runs and RBIs, while placing third in both batting average and hits for her freshman campaign.

Beginning February 15-April 9, Nuveman-Deniz went on a career and then school record 28 consecutive games hitting streak. The Bruins made it into the Women's College World Series where Nuveman-Deniz made the All-Tournament Team and in the finale had her sixth tournament hit vs. eventual champion Nancy Evans of the Arizona Wildcats.[2][3][4]

1999 After red-shirting the 1998 season, Nuveman-Deniz again garnered season honors that included Pac-10 "Player of The Year" and Diamond Sports "Catcher of The Year".[5][6] Nuveman-Deniz led the Bruins with new school records for home runs, RBIs, walks and slugging percentage. The home runs and RBIs were the NCAA year's best, are the all-time Sophomore Class records as well as ranking top-10 for a season all-time. Her batting average was a UCLA top-5 record. She also was just the second player in conference history to garner the Triple Crown for the best average, RBI and home run totals.

On February 19, Nuveman-Deniz hit a single game career high 5 hits and drove in 5 RBIs vs. the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine. The very next day, she bettered her game RBIs by nabbing one more (6) vs. the Pacific Tigers for another career best and achieved 5 more hits, tying the NCAA record for consecutive hits; the record is now a top-5 single game record. In defeating the Arizona State Sun Devils on April 11, Nuveman-Deniz walked 4 times for her single game best. Later that month, Nuveman-Deniz was named National Fastpitch Coaches Association "National Player of The Week" after hitting .833 and driving in 11 runs with 4 home runs.

On May 22, the sophomore's record season continued when the Bruin hit her 50th career home run off Michelle Harrison of the Minnesota Gophers, the first player to accomplish the milestone in just two seasons of play.[7] At the WCWS, Nuveman-Deniz would hit a walk off double against the DePaul Blue Demons to send No. 1 seeded UCLA into the finals vs. the Washington Huskies. Nuveman-Deniz and team emerged national champions, defeating Jennifer Spediacci and Jamie Graves 3-2 on May 31.[8][9]

2001 Returning from a role with the 2000 Olympic team, Nuveman-Deniz earned her third First Team All-American, First Team Pac-10 and second Pac-10 "Player of The Year" and Diamond Sports "Catcher of The Year" honors.[10][11] She broke her own walks record with 69 and set the intentionals at 28, an NCAA record at the time. Her home runs and RBIs were second all-time at UCLA.

Nuveman-Deniz made her third appearance in the WCWS championship on May 28 but suffered a shutout by MVP Jennie Finch.[12]

2002 For a final time, Nuveman-Deniz earned all-season honors and added a newly awarded USA Softball Collegiate Player of The Year to her collection. Nuveman would claim her third conference Player of The Year award to match fellow Bruin Lisa Fernandez and is the third overall to do it.[13][14] Nuveman-Deniz would solidify the UCLA Bruins season batting average and walks records at .529 and 77 respectively, leading the NCAA and ranking top-10 all-time for a season with the average. Her hits, RBIs and home run totals for the senior were all top-10 records at UCLA. She also owned then school records for slugging and on-base percentage, both of which still rank second all-time. The slugging is also top-10 all-time for an NCAA season.

With a perfect day at the plate (3/3) in defeating the Long Beach State 49ers on February 23, Nuveman-Deniz drove in her 200th career RBI.[15] On April 29, Nuveman-Deniz was named "Player of The Week" for a second time by the NFCA by hitting over .650 with 5 RBIs and three extra base hits for a slugging 1.018%. On May 4, the Bruin launched her 86th career home run vs. Kristen Hunter and the Oregon State Beavers. She topped former Arizona Wildcats Laura Espinoza and Leah Braatz for the crown.[16] Two days later, she earned a third "Player of the Week," this selection improving her slugging to 1.571%. Though eliminated earlier than was usual, Nuveman-Deniz was named a WCWS All-Tournament selectee for a second tournament.[4]

Nuveman-Deniz finished her college career in ownership of school records in batting average, RBIs, home runs, hits, doubles, walks (including intentional), slugging and on-base percentage. Only the hits and doubles have been surpassed.[17] She also owns the now named Pac-12 career records in average, home runs, intentional walks and slugging.[18] Lastly, her career batting average ranks sixth all-time (second for a four-year career) and the intentional walks remain the NCAA standard, while too ranking top-5 in RBIs (5th), home runs (2nd), walks (3rd) and slugging (2nd).[19]

Olympic career[edit]

Nuveman-Deniz's Olympic debut came at the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney. After struggling at the plate, hitting a combined .171, Team USA faced the threat of elimination in a doubleheader on September 25. Nuveman-Deniz hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to defeat China in a crucial game to get a shot at medaling. In the next game vs. Australia, she would be on base to score the winning run and be able to play for gold. The Americans eventually went on to claim gold vs. previously undefeated Japan on September 26; Nuveman-Deniz mustered the only hit to bring the tying run across the plate. She then got on base in the extra 8th inning to score for a 2–1 win.[20] Nuveman-Deniz was tied leading the team in RBIs.

In preparation for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Nuveman-Deniz played the later half of the tour and hit over .400.[21] For the 2004 Games, Team USA dominated the competition to establish themselves as the best team in the world, eventually seizing the gold medal. Nuveman-Deniz had two hits in the gold medal game, including a solo home run for a 5–1 victory on August 23.[22] In round robin, she also helped defeat their eventual opponent Australia with a three-run homer on August 15.[23] Overall Nuveman-Deniz hit .312 with two home runs and 5 RBIs to contribute to Team USA's record-breaking tournament.[24] The American pitching staff gave up just one run during the entire Olympic Games, a run of dominance partially attributed to Nuveman's game-calling ability. This team was referred to afterward as the "Real Dream Team" on the cover of Sports Illustrated, taking a swipe at the disappointing American men's basketball team at the same Games.

Nuveman-Deniz hit .342 on the Bound For Beijing Tour in 2008 but suffered at the Olympics, hitting .182 overall.[25][26] She was shut out in the gold medal game in which the Americans were defeated 3–1 by Japan and took silver.[27]

Personal life[edit]

As strong as her bat is, many in softball believe Nuveman-Deniz's strongest suit is her play behind the plate as the catcher. Nuveman-Deniz calls as good a game as any, scouting the opposing teams batters and working with her pitchers, a list which list includes Lisa Fernandez, Michele Smith, Lori Harrigan, Christa Williams, Cat Osterman, Jennie Finch, Amanda Freed, Monica Abbott, Keira Goerl and Courtney Dale.

As much as Nuveman-Deniz does on the field, it is her off-the-field endeavors which show her talents. Nuveman-Deniz is an aspiring broadcaster, doing telecasts for ESPN, FOX Sports, and CSTV. Stacey has also worked broadcasts at her alma mater, UCLA and the Women's College World Series.

Nuveman-Deniz also works with several organizations, including the Visalia Miracle League, the Women's Sports Foundation, and the Make-a-Wish Foundation. She also gives clinics to coaches and players across the country.

After marrying Mark Deniz in 2003, in 2007 Nuveman-Deniz gave birth to son Chase, who is a cousin of Elita Loresca's child.

Nuveman-Deniz played one professional season with the Arizona Heat. She had the third best average and was named to the NPF All-Stars.[28][29] She would later go on to play on PFX Tour.

In 2007, Nuveman-Deniz began working at Sequois College as their Assistant Head Coach until 2008. That year she relocated to join the San Diego State Aztecs program, eventually moving to Assistant Head Coach's position in 2011.[30] That same year, Nuveman-Deniz was selected as an Assistant Coach for Team USA, which saw them take the World Cup and Pan American Games titles.[31]

Athletic Accomplishments[edit]

  • 4-time First Team All-American
  • Three-time Pac-10 Player of The Year
  • 2002 National Softball Collegiate Player of The Year
  • .466 batting average (6th all-time)
  • 299 RBIs (4th all-time)
  • 90 home runs (2nd all-time)
  • .945% slugging percentage (2nd all-time)
  • 240 walks (3rd all-time)
  • 81 intentional walks (1st all-time)
  • Today's Top VIII Award (Class of 2003)

Nuveman was voted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.[32]


UCLA Bruins[edit]

1997 63 184 40 84 .456 71 20 2 9 157 .853% 33 11 3 4
1999 69 184 49 82 .445 91 31 0 12 187 1.016% 61 13 0 0
2001 68 166 42 73 .440 73 19 0 15 145 .873% 77 19 1 2
2002 64 157 42 83 .528 64 20 3 15 164 1.044% 69 10 3 3
TOTALS 264 691 173 322 .466 299 90 5 51 653 .945% 240 53 7 9

Team USA[edit]

2000 28 1 5 .178 4 1 0 0 8 .285% 3 13 0 0
2004 86 16 34 .395 32 8 0 9 67 .779% 16 11 0 0
2008 136 19 43 .316 40 8 1 9 74 .544% 21 15 2 2
TOTALS 250 36 82 .328 76 17 1 18 149 .596% 40 39 2 2

NPF Arizona Heat[edit]

2005 41 10 18 .439 17 3 0 1 28 .683% 12 2 0 0


  • Nuveman's motto is "Dream Big."
  • Nuveman wears the number 33.


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  30. ^ "Stacey Nuveman Deniz". 2015-01-30. Retrieved 2015-06-16. 
  31. ^ "Nuveman Deniz Named To National Team Coaching Pool". 2011-01-31. Retrieved 2015-06-16. 
  32. ^ UCLA Athletics Announces 2012 Hall of Fame Class,, May 4, 2012


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