Cyclone Softball Camps
Alma Mater: Missouri
Graduating Year: 2001
Experience: 8th Year
Iowa State head softball coach Stacy Gemeinhardt-Cesler enters her eighth season as the Cyclone head coach in 2013. Gemeinhardt-Cesler has guided the Cyclones to a 152-197 mark in her first seven years with the program. She holds a career mark of 305-273 record in 10 seasons of coaching collegiate softball.
The 2012 season was highlighted by a 2-1 win over No. 14 Texas A&M in Ames, the first top-15 win for the Cyclones since the 2009 season. The club also notched the greatest comeback in program history, coming back from deficits of 0-6 and 3-8 at Kansas to win, 10-9.
Juniors Tori Torrescano and Erica Miller had banner years for the Cyclones in 2012, each breaking school records. Torrescano broke single-season records with 14 home runs and 44 RBI while taking over the top spot on the all-time home run list with 28. Miller led the team with a .362 batting average and earned First Team All-Big 12, NFCA Second Team All-Midwest Region and College Sports Madness First Team All-Big 12 honors. Torrescano was named to College Sports Madness’ All-Big 12 second team.
In 2011, Gemeinhardt-Cesler guided the Cyclones to two wins over ranked teams in No. 17 Oklahoma State and No. 17 Baylor. It marked the first time since 2006 that the squad beat two ranked opponents in the same season.
The Cyclones’ offense set or tied six school records during the season despite playing only 49 games, the shortest season since 2004. Iowa State batted .270 for the season, second all-time behind the 2010 standard of .275, while setting records for slugging (.408), on-base percentage (.353) and runs scored (225). The squad tied the 2010 record for RBIs with 196.
On the mound, senior Rachel Zabriskie closed out her Cyclone career with Iowa State records in appearances (171), games started (138), complete games (87) innings pitched (884.2), strikeouts (815), wins (67) and saves (seven), making her Gemeinhardt-Cesler’s most prolific recruit. Zabriskie is also one of the top pitchers in Big 12 history, ranked in the top 10 in innings pitched (ninth), appearances (ninth) and strikeouts (10th).
As a sophomore in 2010, Zabriskie collected an Iowa State-best 255 strikeouts in 227.2 innings pitched, a Cyclone-record 7.84 strikeouts per seven innings. Zabriskie finished the season with a school-record 20 wins, the third-straight year she broke the record for wins.
In 2009, Iowa State finished 26-29 overall and won a school-record seven games in Big 12 play. After starting slow in league action, Iowa State was the second-best team in the Big 12 over the final half of the season, going 6-3 to finish 7-11. The Cyclones advanced to the second round of the Big 12 Championships in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history.
Gemeinhardt-Cesler coached Iowa State to an 18-4 mark in 2008 before missing the season's final 36 games while taking maternity leave. The Cyclones finished 29-29 on the season, the most wins by the school since 1989 and the first time it finished .500 or better since 1995. The Cyclones set a school record for home runs with 38 for the year.
In Gemeinhardt-Cesler's second season, the coach's philosophy of blending speed and power began to take shape on the field as Iowa State nearly doubled its stolen base numbers from the previous year with 63 steals. The improved speed didn't hinder their power as the Cyclones hit 24 homers, the most since 2002.
In her first season in Ames, Iowa State showed improvement in nearly every hitting category, including a jump in batting average from just .208 in 2005 to .250 in 2006, the highest team batting average since 2002.
The Cyclones' first season under Gemeinhardt-Cesler included wins over No. 15 Texas A&M, No. 16 Nebraska and No. 22 Oklahoma in consecutive Big 12 series. Against the Aggies, Iowa State showed off its improved offense, pounding out a Big 12 school-record 14 runs in the six-inning win.
In seven seasons, Gemeinhardt-Cesler has coached 10 All-Big 12 honorees, including Courtney Wray and Erica Miller who earned first team distinction in 2009 and 2012 respectively, three NFCA All-Midwest Region selections, three Big 12 Players of the Week and 49 Academic All-Big 12 members.
Cyclones Zabriskie and Amanda Bradberry were Big 12 All-Tournament Team members in 2008 and 2009, respectively.
A two-time Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Coach of the Year selection at Division II Emporia State, Gemeinhardt-Cesler compiled a 153-76 record (.668) in just four seasons at ESU. Hired as a graduate assistant coach in August 2001, Gemeinhardt-Cesler took over the Hornet program in November following the retirement of Jo Kord.
The Hornet record book was rewritten during Gemeinhardt-Cesler's tenure, including the school marks for wins, home runs, runs scored, stolen bases and shutouts. Her players set the single-season mark for strikeouts, hits, doubles, RBI and stolen bases. Pitcher Melissa Stevens was named the league's 2005 MVP and earned NFCA All-America honors. She was tabbed the MIAA Freshman of the Year in Gemeinhardt-Cesler's second season.
Gemeinhardt-Cesler, a two-time all-conference performer at Missouri, began her coaching career as a student assistant at her alma mater, spending one season on the Tiger bench. The outfielder was a two-time team MVP for Missouri and earned all-region honors three times. A three-time Big 12 Conference all-tournament selection, Gemeinhardt-Cesler also earned NSCA and ASA All-America recognition, as well as academic All-America honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. She finished her career ranked among the top 10 in nine career statistical categories, helping the Tigers make two NCAA regional appearances and earn the 1997 Big 12 Conference regular-season and tournament championships. Gemeinhardt-Cesler earned a bachelor's degree in social work from Missouri in 2001 and a master's of business administration from Emporia State in 2004.
Gemeinhardt-Cesler and her husband, Jeff Cesler, reside in Ames with their twin boys, Jakoby and Korbin.
Hometown: Broken Arrow, Okla.
Alma Mater: Tulsa
Graduating Year: 1997
Experience: 4th Year
Jamie Pinkerton is in his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Cyclones. Under Pinkerton's tutelage, the Cyclones have set single-season program records in batting (.275), slugging (.408), RBIs (196), hits (406), triples (14) and fielding percentage (.962).
Pinkerton’s work with Iowa State defense paid off again in 2012 as the Cyclones put up a fielding mark of .960, second all-time to the 2010 record.
Working with the offense, Pinkerton’s influence was highlighted by Tori Torrescano who walked 24 times during the season after never having walked more than five times in a season. As a team, the Cyclones walked 118 times, second all-time at Iowa State.
Torrescano also broke the Iowa State single-season home run and RBI records in 2012. Torrescano and teammate Erica Miller tied the previous single-season home run record in 2011 with 11 dingers each.
In 2011, Iowa State hit .270, just behind the 2010 school record mark of .275 that Pinkerton and the 2010 Cyclones achieved. The squad also slugged an Iowa State-best .408.
In both 2011 and 2012, the Cyclones smashed 36 home runs, two shy of the record mark of 38 set in 2008.
In his first season with the Cyclones, Pinkerton's work with the infielders was key in Iowa State posting the highest fielding percentage in school history (.962). Pinkerton also played part in the team's record-low 28 sacrifice hits allowed and the Cyclones' committing only 57 errors on the season, another Iowa State record.
Before joining the Cyclones coaching staff, Pinkerton was the head softball coach at the University of Arkansas for five seasons, leading the Razorbacks to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2008 and 2009. Under Pinkerton's guidance, the Razorbacks set numerous single-game, single-season and career records, including single-season records of 65 home runs and 291 runs in 2008.
During Pinkerton's tenure, three players were named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team as well as the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association South Region First Team. He had 31 student-athletes garner SEC Academic Honor Roll honors and the team was recognized by the NFCA for its GPA.
Pinkerton was selected to the USA Softball National Coaching Pool and will serve from 2009-12. He is one of 14 coaches responsible for the training and preparation of the Women's National Team program.
Prior to his tenure at Arkansas, Pinkerton coached four years at Tulsa, turning the Golden Hurricanes into a winning program. He coached Tulsa to three-straight 30-win seasons and back-to-back 40-win campaigns. He was named Western Athletic Conference Coach of the year in 2002 and 2004.
A total of 13 Golden Hurricane players captured all-conference honors under Pinkerton, who was also an assistant with the program from 1994-97. He has also assisted at Virginia (1998-2000) and Louisiana-Monroe (1997-98).
Pinkerton was born in Fort Smith, Ark., and grew up in Broken Arrow, Okla. He graduated from Tulsa in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in history and a minor in secondary education. Pinkerton and his wife, Dori, have two children, a daughter, Sarah, and a son, Dane.
Hometown: Garden Grove, Calif.
Alma Mater: Iowa
Graduating Year: 2009
Experience: 1st Year
Former University of Iowa All-American pitcher Brittany Weil joins the Cyclone softball staff as an assistant coach and will work primarily with the Cyclone pitchers. Weil was the pitching coach at North Dakota State for two seasons before coming to Iowa State.
During her two seasons at NDSU, Weil’s pitchers earned numerous awards while leading the Bison to a 68-49 record, two Summit League Tournament Championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances. Before taking over as the Bison pitching coach, Weil was the team’s graduate assistant in 2009-10.
Last year, NDSU freshman pitcher Krista Menke posted a 25-13 record and 2.36 ERA under the leadership of Weil. Menke was named both the Summit League’s Freshman and Pitcher of the Year and was selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Midwest Region second team.
In her first season as the Bison pitching coach, Weil helped Whitney Johnson to a 23-13 record and a 2.48 ERA. Johnson was named to the First Team All-Summit League and was the Summit League Tournament MVP.
A record-breaking force for the Iowa Hawkeyes from 2006-2009, Weil broke program records for strikeouts (1,083), innings pitched (1,011.2), games played (183), complete games (110), no-hitters (five) and tied the record for most career wins with 99. Her 339 strikeouts in 2009 is the single-season Hawkeye record.
Weil’s best season was as a senior in 2009 when she threw 14 shutouts en route to a 26-12 record. Her five career no-hitters came during the final campaign, helping lower her season ERA to a miniscule 1.10 and earn her Second Team NFCA All-America honors. During her career, Weil was a four-time All-Big Ten honoree and was named to the NFCA All-Midwest Region teams three times, including two top team selections.
The only Hawkeye ever drafted in the National Pro Fastpitch Senior Draft, Weil was chosen seventh overall in 2009 by the Akron Racers. The Garden Grove, Calif. native compiled a 2.28 ERA for the Racers, finishing the season with a 4-3 record and helping the team to the postseason.
Weil earned a bachelor’s in communications studies from Iowa in 2009.
Director of Operations
Experience: 5th Year
Kate Sinnott is in her fifth year as a member of the Iowa State coaching staff. She served as a graduate assistant with the Cyclones from 2009-10, moving into the role of director of operations in 2011.
Sinnott is responsible for coordinating team video and general office duties including scouting reports, travel and recruiting.
Sinnott came to Iowa State following a stint as assistant coach at Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane, Wash. The Great Falls, Mont. native, served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for the Bigfoot. She was also the team's strength and conditioning coordinator and organized team travel.
Sinnott played college ball for the Bigfoot, where she was the school's winningest pitcher with 37 career wins. She completed her collegiate career at Eastern Oregon.
Sinnott graduated with a master's degree in education from Iowa State in the summer of 2010.