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Softball - Wed, Jul. 19, 2017

Doane University Director of Athletics Jill McCartney has announced the selection of Aurelia Gamch as Head Softball Coach for the Tigers. Gamch comes to Doane from Ottawa University where she helped lead the Braves to the NAIA World Series this past season.

"Coach Gamch comes highly recommended as a top young coach in the NAIA," McCartney said. "From her playing and coaching days at Bethune-Cookman through her time as an assistant at Ottawa, Aurelia has been involved with high-achieving teams and knows what it takes to guide a program to success. She will bring a contagious enthusiasm and impressive work rate to the department, and I know she will represent Doane with character and integrity."

Gamch has been an assistant coach at Ottawa the past three seasons, two as a graduate assistant and most recently as the top assistant. The Braves posted 40 wins and finished ranked No. 13 in the NAIA after the 2017 season. While at Ottawa, Gamch served a variety of roles for the program, from providing instruction for hitting and infield, serving as junior varsity head coach, and setting up the weights and conditioning program, among other duties. She also taught a Lifetime Fitness class at Ottawa.

"When I heard about the head coaching position at Doane, I was excited and knew that it would be a great fit for me," Gamch commented. "The school itself and the athletic department had all the key components that I look for in a University. There is a commitment of giving each student-athlete the best experience possible while building successful athletic programs."

Prior to joining Ottawa, Gamch served as a volunteer assistant at her alma mater, Bethune-Cookman. She worked with hitting and conditioning while assisting in daily operations.

As a player at BCU, she was a four-year starter at shortstop for the NCAA Division I Wildcats squad and qualified for three NCAA Regional Tournaments. Hitting out of the 2-hole throughout her career, Gamch batted .307 while collecting 218 hits, scoring 150 runs, posting 61 extra base hits and 100 runs batted in. She was the MEAC Rookie of the Year in 2010 and earned All-Conference honors in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

"I would like to thank Jill McCartney and the rest of the search committee for giving me this opportunity," said Gamch. "I am excited to be joining such an incredible athletic staff at Doane. I look forward to continuing to build on the successes of the softball program. I would also like to thank Ottawa University for three great years and for all of the support."

Gamch replaces Renae Littrell as she and her husband Josh are in the process of relocating to Forest City, Iowa, where Josh was recently named the Head Football Coach at Waldorf College. Littrell guided the Tiger softball program the last five years and led the team to their first-ever conference championship in 2015.