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Stacey Nuveman Deniz enters her 10th season at San Diego State, serving as the recruiting coordinator and the hitting instructor. Nuveman Deniz was promoted to assistant head coach from an assistant coach in 2010 and was moved to associate head coach in 2013.
Nuveman Deniz, a three-time U.S. Olympian, brings a host of softball experience and accolades to The Mesa.
In addition to her two Olympic gold medals (2000 and 2004) and silver medal in 2008, Nuveman Deniz has helped the United States National Team to a World Cup championship (2006), two World Championships (2002 and 2006) and two Pan American gold medals (1999 and 2003).
Recently, Nuveman Deniz was named head coach of the National Pro Fastpitch's Chicago Bandits for the 2018 season.
Also recently, her 2004 Olympic gold medal team was inducted into the U.S. Olympic hall of fame in July 2012, while Nuveman Deniz was inducted into the UCLA hall of fame in October 2012.
In the spring of 2010, Nuveman Deniz served as an assistant coach for the Women's National Team Selection Camp, at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch Women's International Championship and at the World Cup of Softball VI.
She was also named to the USA Softball Coaching Pool in 2014 and was an assistant coach at the USA Softball Junior Women's (19-Under) National Team (JWNT) Selection Camp in January 2015.
Nuveman Deniz helped SDSU to seven straight NCAA Regional bids from 2009-15 and a combined 308-180 (.631) record in her nine seasons on The Mesa. Over her nine seasons as an assistant and associate coach, the Aztecs have improved their batting average from .275 in 2008 (the year before she arrived) to a school-record .356 mark in 2017, and also in runs per game (3.98 to 6.61), home runs per game (0.23 to 1.09 (0.92 in 2017)), slugging percentage (.348 to .516) and on-base percentage (.347 to .418).
Last year, SDSU led the country with a .356 average, shattering their previous best of .310. In all, San Diego State set seven school records, including batting average, on-base percentage (.418), slugging percentage (.516), hits (497), RBIs (295), sacrifice flies (23) and runs (324, tied).
Jenavee Peres led the way last year for San Diego State, easily breaking the previous school record batting average of a .429 batting average with her .454 and tied a SDSU best with five sac flies. She also ranked second in school single-season history in slugging percentage, RBIs and OPS percentage (1.332), third in runs and total bases, fourth in on-base percentage, tied for fourth in extra-base hits (29), fifth in hits and home runs, and tied for seventh in times hit by pitch (5). Peres was named a NFCA Second-Team All-American for her efforts, the first time San Diego State has ever had a player on the second team (Aztecs' previous three NFCA All-America selections were third-team picks). She was also a first-team all-NFCA West Region honoree, the Mountain West Player of the Year and a first-team all-MW selection.
Joining Peres on the all-conference first team last year was Sydnee Cable, Zaria Meshack, Molly Sturdivant and Shelby Thompson, who was also the MW Freshman of the Year, while Katie Byrd earned second-team all-MW accolades. Byrd, Meshack, Sturdivant and Taylor Stewart also earned second-team all-NFCA West Region accolades, while Cable was a third-team selection. SDSU's six all-region selections were a program record.
Byrd batted .361 with three home runs, 35 RBIs, 42 runs, 16 doubles, a .519 slugging percentage and a .428 on-base percentage, and Sturdivant batted .381 on the season with eight home runs, 45 RBIs, 25 runs, 14 doubles and 30 walks, while registering a .664 slugging percentage and a .482 on-base mark. Meshack finished the 2017 campaign with a .415 average, 34 runs, 61 hits, a .459 on-base percentage and seven stolen bases, while Stewart batted .340 with two homers, 14 RBIs, 12 runs, seven doubles and 19 walks, while posting a .462 slugging percentage and a .430 on-base mark. Thompson hit .333 with seven home runs, 31 RBIs, 26 runs, five doubles, two triples, 20 walks and six stolen bases, while posting a .556 slugging percentage and a .434 on-base percentage, and Cable batted .371 with six homers, 43 RBIs, 23 runs, eight doubles and nine walks.
In 2016, San Diego State missed the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2007, despite posting a 30-22 record.
Samantha Camello led the way with a .359 average to go along with 13 doubles, two triples, two homers, 25 RBIs, 32 run, 12 walks, five stolen bases, a .486 slugging percentage and a .400 on-base percentage. For her efforts, she was chosen as a first-team all-MW selection and also became the first Aztec softball player ever to be named a CoSIDA Academic All-America pick after earning second-team honors. She was also a CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 first-team pick, posting a 3.98 cumulative GPA.
Cable also earned second-team all-MW honors.
Peres, a catcher like Nuveman Deniz was during her playing career, also had a solid overall season, batting .451 with nine homers, 23 RBIs, 26 runs, four doubles and a triple, logging a .915 slugging percentage and a .535 on-base mark. However, Peres missed 25 games with a concussion, sprained ankle and a fractured fibula.
In 2015, San Diego State set seven school records, including batting average (.310), slugging percentage (.486), runs (324), home runs (63), RBIs (293), total bases (758) and hits (484).
SDSU had three offensive players named all-NFCA West Region, including Kayla Jordan (.414, 9 HR, 33 RBI, 63 R) and Peres (.347, 9 HR, 48 RBI) on the second team, and Lorena Bauer (.415, 19 HR, 67 RBI, 15 2B) on the third team.
Jordan (63 runs) and Bauer (67 RBIs) each set respective season records as well and were joined by Peres as all-MW first-team picks. Bauer (.519, 13 HR, 37 RBI in league play) and Peres (.384, 5 HR, 26 RBI) were named the MW Player and Freshman of the Year, respectively.
In 2014, San Diego State set seven school records, including batting average (.301), on-base percentage (.397), runs (301), hits (467), RBIs (270), walks (226) and times hit by pitch (30). The Aztecs went onto to finish 40-19, winning their third straight MW championship at 16-8.
SDSU had three players named all-NFCA West Region, including Patrice Jackson (.338, 17 HR, 49 RBI) on the first team and Cable (.356, 1 HR, 32 RBI) on the third team. Jackson set three school records, including on-base percentage (.523), RBIs (49, tied) and walks (59), while Cable was hit by a pitch a program-best 14 times.
Jaylene Ignacio (.322, 5 HR, 17 RBI) and Jackson (.339, 5 HR, 16 RBI) also earned all-MW first-team honors (stats are for league games only) in the first year that the league had a first and second team, while Dominique Dinner (.391, 1 HR, 15 RBI) and Katie Mathis (.355, 0 HR, 10 RBI) each garnered second-team accolades.
In 2013, San Diego State batted .290 with 45 home runs, 67 doubles and 13 triples as the Aztecs finished with a 36-20 record and 13-5 Mountain West mark.
Nuveman Deniz helped Bauer (first team) and Jackson (second-team) earn Easton All-American honors. Bauer hit a team-high .401 with 13 homers and 49 RBIs, while Jackson hit .366 with a team-high 18 home runs and 48 RBIs.
Bauer (first team), Jackson (first team) and Kamerin May (second team) (.305, 3 HR, 24 RBI) also earned all-NFCA West Region honors. Additionally, Jackson was named the MW Player of the Year and joined Bauer on the all-conference team.
In 2012, SDSU set five school records, including slugging percentage (.466), doubles (79), home runs (58), RBIs (237) and total bases (692).
Under Nuveman Deniz' tutelage, sophomore Hayley Miles was named a third-team NFCA All-American after shattering 11 single-season school records and setting five career records after just two seasons. Some of the records weren't even close, such as batting average (.429, previous best was .389), on-base percentage (.519, previous best was .467), slugging percentage (.909, previous best was .633), OPS percentage (1.428, previous best was 1.053), runs (62, previous best was 41), extra-base hits (42, previous best was 25), doubles (20, previous best was 14), home runs (20, previous best was 15), RBIs (49, previous best was 48), total bases (159, previous best was 102) and walks (34, previous best was 28).
Other offensive players who made the all-conference team were Justeen Maeva (.327, 7 HR, 42 RBI), Jordan (.324, 14 RBI, 12 SB) and Jackson (.311, 11 HR, 39 RBI).
In 2011, the Aztecs set six program records, including slugging percentage (.440), runs (266), doubles (74), home runs (42), RBIs (236) and total bases (630) (all which were eclipsed in 2012).
San Diego State, which hit .284 as a team, also put Maeva (.348, 7 HR, 39 RBI), Jessica Camello (.321) and Miles (.344, 5 HR, 29 RBI) on the all-conference team.
In 2010, SDSU hit .294 as a team, its highest average since the program's record setting year in 2007 (.296). The squad hit 25 home runs in 2010, one less than the team hit the two previous years combined.
Camello hit .387, the then third-highest average in school history, after batting .257 (2007) and .248 (2008) in her first two seasons on The Mesa. Meanwhile, senior Brittany Knudsen (.384, 34 R, 27 RBI) and Maeva (.362, 4 HR, 36 RBI) each were honored as NFCA All-Far West Region selections and all-Mountain West picks.
In her first season as the hitting coach in 2009, San Diego State had three .300 hitters, led by senior Erin Floros. Floros batted .357 with four home runs and 30 RBIs, despite missing 14 of the team's 53 games with an injury. Floros earned all-league recognition and was joined by senior Tonye McCorkle (.319) and Knudsen (.317, 13 2B).
Nuveman was hired at SDSU following her stint with the U.S. team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
"We could not be more excited to have Stacey on our coaching staff," Van Wyk said at the time. "She brings a wealth of experience at every level of our game and will help us continue our rise up the rankings."
"I am thrilled with the opportunity to work at San Diego State University," Nuveman said. "Coach Van Wyk and her staff have done an incredible job with the program and I look forward to helping to continue that trend. I feel privileged and honored to be an Aztec."
Nuveman has worked at a variety of camps and clinics, and is highlighted in the instructional video entitled, "The Fundamentals of Catching." In addition, Nuveman has worked color commentary for ESPN, CSTV (now CBS Sports) and FOX Sports.
Nuveman was a standout at UCLA, finishing her four-year career with four NCAA records - 90 home runs, .945 slugging percentage, 240 walks and 81 intentional walks. She was a four-time first-team NFCA All-American (1997, 1999, 2001-02) and a three-time Pac-10 Player of the Year (1999, 2001-02). Nuveman is also ranked first in school history in games played (264), total bases (653) and on-base percentage (.600).
Among the current all-time NCAA leaders, Nuveman ranks first in home runs (90), first in slugging percentage (.945), first in intentional walks (81), second in walks (240), fourth in batting average (.466), fourth in RBIs (299) and 24th in hits (322).
In 1999, Nuveman led the Bruins to a national championship, batting .446 during the season with 31 home runs and 91 RBI. For her efforts in the national title run, Nuveman was named to the all-Women's College World Series team.
In addition to her on-field accomplishments, Nuveman also works with several organizations, including the Visalia Miracle League, the Women's Sports Foundation, and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Nuveman graduated from UCLA in 2002 with a degree in sociology and public policy and later earned her master's in kinesiology from Texas Women's University in 2012.
Nuveman, 39, is married to Mark Deniz, and has a son, Chase, who turned 11 on June 6 and Dylan, who is four heading into the season.