Sept. 15, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford head softball coach John Rittman has signed a new five-year contract, which took effect on Sept. 1, 2011, the University announced today.
Rittman, who enters his 16th season at Stanford in 2011-12, will be under contract with Stanford through the 2016 softball season.
"We are very excited to have Coach Rittman committed to remaining on The Farm for the foreseeable future," said Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics Bob Bowlsby. "John and his staff do a tremendous job leading our program and I am excited about the future of our softball team."
Under Rittman, Stanford holds a 641-294-3 (.685) record in 15 seasons. Additionally, the Cardinal has recorded 14 consecutive winning seasons, made 14 straight NCAA appearances, notched 12 40-win seasons and produced at least one All-American in each of the last 14 years.
"I am very excited to extend my contract as head softball coach at Stanford," stated Rittman. "To be able to work with the student-athletes at a world-renowned university like Stanford is a dream. I truly appreciate the opportunity to work in the best athletic department in the country."
Stanford has made five Super Regional appearances in the last seven years and has twice advanced to the Women's College World Series. Under Rittman, Stanford has maintained a spot in every NFCA top-25 poll for more than a decade.
Rittman first came to The Farm in 1997 and immediately turned the program around. Stanford finished 31-27-1 overall and registered the first winning season in school history. Stanford fell just short of earning an NCAA berth, but has not missed out on the postseason since.
Rittman also holds a great deal of international coaching experience, having served as a member of the United States National Team coaching staff from 2001-08.
Last year, Stanford went 42-17 and was one win shy of a trip to the WCWS. Junior shortstop Ashley Hansen became the Cardinal's first USA Softball National Player of the Year. Also the Conference Player of the Year, Hansen set new Stanford single season records for batting average (.495), hits (95), and slugging percentage (.797). The lone All-American on the team, Hansen was joined on the All-West Region first team by pitcher Teagan Gerhart, outfielder Sarah Hassman and second baseman Jenna Rich.