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Jeanine Gunther enters her fourth season as head softball coach at Lafayette. The 2006 Patriot League Coach of the Year led the Leopards to a record breaking 2008 season that saw them win 27 games and place six on the All-Patriot League Team; both program records. She guided her team to the Patriot League Tournament for the third consecutive season in 2008 where the Leopards reached the championship game for the first time in the program's history.
Gunther's time at Lafayette has been marked by consistent improvement and a commitment to excellence. She led Lafayette to 20 victories and a 10-10 record in league play in her first season as coach, recorded a 21-25 record in her second season, matching the then-school win record and proceeded to break the school record with a 27-24 mark in 2008. The previous school record of 21 wins was originally set in 1983 and tied in 2007. Since Gunther took over the helm in 2006, her players have earned 13 All-Patriot League selections.
Gunther came to College Hill after spending the 2005 season as head coach at the University of Rochester. There she guided her team to a 27-18 record, posting a program record for wins and the first winning season in school history. Rochester also earned a bid to the ECAC Upstate Softball Tournament, and three players garnered NFCA All-Northeast Region honors.
Gunther also has head coaching experience at East Stroudsburg University, where she led the program in 2001 and 2002 after serving as an assistant for two years, beginning in the fall of 1998.
In 2002, she left ESU to continue her education at Penn State University and graduated in August 2004 with a master's degree in Higher Education with a concentration in College Student Personnel. She was also a volunteer assistant coach at Bloomsburg University in 2004, and served as head catching instructor for Bloomsburg's summer softball camp from 1999 through 2004.
As an undergraduate, Gunther was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection as a junior at the University of North Carolina. She graduated from Chapel Hill in 1997 with a degree in English and served as team captain for her final two seasons. In 1998, Gunther opted to remain at UNC as a volunteer assistant coach. The following summer, she played professionally for the Georgia Pride of the Women's Professional Fastpitch League.
Outside of coaching, Gunther, a Virginia Beach, Va. native, has worked as a graduate intern for both the Bloomsburg New Student Orientation Program and Penn State's Morgan Academic Support Center for Student-Athletes. She also held a graduate assistantship with Penn State's AT&T Center for Service Leadership in 2002-03.
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