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Tracy Bunge - Coach

Dutch National TeamNov.-Dec. 2009; May 29-July, 2010; July-August 2011
Games Dutch National Team43
Dutch Nat. Jr Red/White TeamsNov.-Dec. 2009; May 29-July, 2010
Games Dutch Jr Red Team2

Clubs / Teams as Player
University of Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas, USA, 1983-1986)
Athletes in Action (Athens, Ohio, USA, 1985)
St. Louis Classics (St. Louis, Missouri, USA, 1988-1990)
Raybestos Brakettes (Stratford, Conn., USA, 1991-1993)

as Coach
AC Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa, USA, 1987-1991)
AC Yale University (New Haven, Conn., USA, 1992-1993)
HC Ohio University (Athens, Ohio, USA, 1994-1996)
HC University of Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas, USA, 1997-2009)
National Teams
AC Neth. Nat. Team (Nov.-Dec.2009; May-July 2010; July 2011-current)
AC Netherlands National Jr Teams (Nov.-Dec. 2009; May-June 2010)
(HC = Head Coach / AC = Assistant Coach)

...Tournaments Participated In...
as Player

with Athletes in Action
1985 - European Tour (Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Sweden)

as Coach

with Iowa State University
1988 - AC NCAA Tournament

with University of Kansas
NCAA Tournament
HC 1997, 1999, 2005, 2006
2006 - HC Big 12 Championship Tournament

with Junior Softball Team Red
2010 - AC Apeldoorn Softball Series (Apeldoorn, Netherlands)
2013 - AC World Junior Championship (Brampton, Canada)

with Dutch National Softball Team
2010 - C Venezuela International Series (Puerto Ordaz/Barinas, Venezuela)
C World Championship (Caracas, Venezuela)
2011 - C European Championship (Ronchi dei Legionari/Staranzano, Italy)
2012 - AC/HC American Tour (Tennessee/Florida, USA)
AC World Cup of Softball (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA)
AC Seattle Series (Seattle, Washington, USA)
AC World Championship (Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada)
2014 - AC USA Tour I (various sites, Florida, USA)

(HC = Head Coach / AC = Assistant Coach / PC = Pitching Coach / C = Coach)

1985 - Academic All-Big Eight
1986 - Academic All Big Eight
NCAA All-American
1987 - University of Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame
1995 - Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year
LCI Coach of the Year

On November 10, 2009, Tracy Bunge arrives in the Netherlands and a day later, she makes her debut as a coach for the Dutch National Softball Team, when she is with the squad during an indoor practice session in Voorthuizen. In November and December, Coach Bunge is part of the coaching staff of Head Coach Craig Montvidas for both the National Team as the National Junior Team, as a temporary replacement for Coach Nancy Evans, who is recovering in this period from a hamstring-surgery she had early November. On May 29, 2010, Tracy returns to the Netherlands and re-joins the Dutch National Softball Team to be part of its coachingstaff during the World Championship in Venezuela. In July 2011, Coach Bunge comes to the Netherlands for a third time to join the coachingstaff for the European Championship in Italy, which is captured unbeaten for the second time in a row. In 2013, she is one of the coaches of the Junior Red Team during the World Championship in Canada.

In May 2009, Tracy Bunge concluded her 13th and final season as Head Coach of the softball program of the University of Kansas in Lawrence (Kansas). After retiring, Coach Bunge is the longest serving coach of the University's softball program, as well as the winningest coach in its history. In her final season, she reached the 500-victory career mark and also registered her 400th win with Kansas. In 13 seasons of coaching the Jayhawks, Tracy Bunge led the team to 409 victories and to two NCAA Tournament appearances in the last five seasons. In ten seasons (five of the last six), she led the team to 30 or more victories.

Tracy Bunge became the Head Coach of the Jayhawks in June 1996 and led the team in 1997 (her first season), 1999, 2005 and 2006 to the NCAA Championship Tournament. In 2005, her team set school-records by hitting 54 homeruns and finishing with a .973 fielding average. In 2006, the Kansas Jayhawks won their first-ever Big 12 Championship compiling a 36-26 record. In the championship season of 2006, one of her players, Serena Settlemier, hit a school-record 22 homeruns, including six grand slams, and became the first Jayhawk to be named Big 12 Softball Player of the Year. In the same season, Tracy Bunge won her 400th career game and also her 300th since becoming the Head Coach of the Jayhawks. 81 of her players earned Academic All-Big 12 recognition. In 2008, Jayhawks third baseman Val Chapple became the program's first Academic All-American since 1994.

Before coming to Kansas, Tracy Bunge was 92-67 in three years as Head Coach at Ohio University (1994-1996). In 1995, her team won the Mid-American Conference title, reached the NCAA Tournament and set a school-record with 39 wins. After the season, she won two Coach of the Year honors.

In 1992 and 1993, Tracy was an Assistant Coach at Yale University, where she also served as recruiting coordinator. In 1993, the Bulldogs won the Ivy League-title.

In 1987, Tracy Bunge started her coaching career at Iowa State University, where she was an Assistant Coach from 1987-1991. In 1988, the Cyclones reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever.

From 1983-1986, Tracy dominated as pitcher, but also offensively, while playing herself for the Jayhawks at the University of Kansas. In her four years, she became one of the most decorated athletes of the school. In her career, her pitching record was 39-8. In 1986, her final year, she was ranked fifth national and became the University's first NCAA All-American for softball. In this season, she set a single season school-record with an 0.55 ERA. After completion of her college career, Tracy was inducted into the University of Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame in 1987.

In 1985, Tracy was a member of the Athletes in Action Team that toured Europe (Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy), winning eleven games during the trip, including throwing three No-Hitters and a Perfect Game.

After graduating from the University of Kansas, Tracy continued her playing career and played for the St. Louis Classics (1988-1990), but also the famous Raybestos Brakettes. With the Brakettes, she played from 1991-1993 for wellknown coach Ralph Raymond (who later led Team USA twice to Olympic Gold in 1996 and 2000) and was a member of the 1992 National Championship team.

Tracy has a 13-year old son Isaiah, while her nephew Michael Sanchez is a promising and talented basketball-prospect at the University of Arkansas.

2011 --- In July, Tracy returns to the Netherlands as one of its coaches and on August 6, she is a member of the staff when the Dutch Team again captures the title during the European Championship in Italy.
2010 --- On May 29, Tracy returns to the Netherlands and re-joins the Dutch National Softball Team to be part of its coachingstaff during the World Championship in Venezuela --- On June 6, Tracy makes her coaching debut with the Dutch National Team when it faces the Foreign All Star Team in Alkmaar during the Holland Tour.
2009 --- On November 11, Coach Bunge makes her debut with the Dutch National Softball Team, as she will be with the team during the indoor practice sessions in November and December --- In her final season as Head Coach at Kansas, which she concludes in May, Tracy Bunge wins her 400th game with the Jayhawks and also her 500th in her 16 year coaching career.
2006 --- On April 1 of this year, Tracy wins her 300th game since becoming the Head Coach of the Jayhawks --- On April 20, she wins her 400th career game.
1996 --- Tracy returns to the University of Kansas, but this time as its Head Coach. It's her first of 13 seasons leading the Jayhawks.
1994 --- Tracy makes her debut as Head Coach in her first of three seasons with Ohio University.
1992 --- Playing for the Raybestos Brakettes, Tracy is a member of the National Championship Team --- This also is her first year being the Assistant Coach at Yale University.
1988-1990 --- These three years, Tracy plays for the St. Louis Classics, one of the Summer League softball-teams in the USA.
1987 --- Tracy Bunge is elected into the University of Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame --- Also this year, she makes her coaching debut, being the Assistant Coach at Iowa State University.
1986 --- Tracy concludes her pitching career at the University of Kansas with a 39-8 record. In her final season, she is named NCAA All-American.
1985 --- This year, Tracy is a member of the Athletes in Action Softball Team that tours Europe, including three weeks in Italy.

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