July 11, 2008
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton Assistant Softball Coach Dee Dee Kingsbury has been promoted to the position of associate head coach of the Titans' program.
"I believe that Dee Dee is one of the finest pitching coaches in the country and no one is more deserving of this title," Head Coach Michelle Gromacki said. "She has done a great job mentoring our pitchers during her time at Cal State Fullerton and this is a tremendous compliment to her success."
Kingsbury completed her sixth season with Fullerton in 2008, and her third as Gromacki's top assistant, focusing her efforts on developing the Titans' pitching staff and heading up the program's recruiting efforts.
Since coming to Cal State Fullerton in 2003, Kingsbury has helped Titan pitchers to eight All-Big West Conference awards including six first-team honors. Under her tutelage, Jodie Cox and Gina Oaks were named All-Americans in 2003 while Candace Baker, twice a 20-game winner in 2006 and 2007, was named to the NFCA All-West Region teams three times including a pair of first-team honors.
This past season, both of the Titans' starters earned all-conference laurels as senior Jessica Doucette was named to the all-conference first team while Christine Hiner was named to the second team in her freshman season.
A two-time NCAA national champion with UCLA as a player in 1990 and 1992, Kingsbury was named an All-American as a senior in 1994 and played professionally in the Women's Professional Softball League (WPSL) from 1997-2000, earning league All-Star honors twice.
She began her coaching career as an assistant coach in the Big Ten Conference at Wisconsin, helping the Badgers to three Big Ten Tournament appearances and a pair of NCAA Tournament berths in her three years.