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Jennifer Bridges

 
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Jennifer Bridges will begin her 10th season as the head softball coach at Sonoma State University in 2019.

Bridges has led the softball program to eight straight NCAA tournament appearances and a pair of CCAA tournament championships, to go along with an outstanding 332-190-1 record overall and a 202-128-1 mark in the CCAA. Prior coming to Sonoma State, she was the head coach at Whittier College, a NCAA Division III program, where she compiled a 45-35 record, bringing her overall head coaching record to 350-203-1 (377-225-1) in 11 seasons, a .632 winning percentage.

In 2013, the Seawolves (37-21, 22-14 CCAA) finished third in the CCAA standings and qualified for the conference tournament for the fourth time in five years. After a victory to open up the CCAA's in Stockton, Sonoma State lost back-to-back games on day two of the tournament and was eliminated. However, Bridges and company earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA West Regional Tournament and the season continued. It was at the regional in St. George, Utah, though, that SSU ran out of steam and was ousted from national title contention after a 1-2 showing.

The completion of the 2013 season marked the end of a remarkable career for Bridges' ace pitcher Samantha Lipperd. The right-handed Lipperd shattered the program's pitching record book, including the career strikeout mark in which she finished with 1,090 of them, 664 more than the previous all-time record in the school's history. Lipperd went 101-41 with a 1.61 ERA under Bridges' tutelage, setting 22 all-time, single-season and single-game pitching records in a total of 162 appearances.

Bridges also saw the end of first baseman Ali Palermo's four-year career, as Palermo shattered 13 all-time offensive and defensive records during her time, including home runs (37), runs batted in (147) and most consecutive games without a defensive error, ending her career on a 132-game errorless streak (669 consecutive chances), among others.

In 2012, Bridges led Sonoma State (36-19, 21-15 CCAA) to a fifth place finish in the CCAA standings, missing the conference tournament by two games. However, finishing with a 35-17 record in the regular season, the Seawolves qualified for the NCAA tournament for the fourth straight year (and the third straight under Bridges' tutelage), earning the No. 5 seed. After a tournament-opening victory over Chico State at the sub-regional in Carson, Calif., Sonoma State suffered two straight losses to host Cal State Dominguez Hills and Grand Canyon and the season would end at 36-19.