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Last updated Jan. 27, 2014
Stacey Nuveman Deniz enters her fifth 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).
Most 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.
"It's a tremendous honor to be named to the USA Softball coaching pool," Nuveman Deniz said. "I've had the pleasure of representing my country on the national and international stage as a player and it was an incredible experience. To have an opportunity to do it as a coach would be quite humbling."
Nuveman Deniz has helped SDSU to five straight NCAA Regional bids and a combined 169-101 (.626) record in her five seasons on The Mesa. Over her five seasons as an assistant coach, the Aztecs have improved their batting average from .275 in 2008 (the year before she arrived) to .290 in 2013, and also in runs per game (3.98 to 4.27), home runs per game (0.23 to 0.80) and slugging percentage (.348 to .444).
Last year, 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 Lorena Bauer (first team) and Patrice 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), Kayla 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 College Sports Television) 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, 35, is married to Mark Deniz, and has a son, Chase, who turned six on June 6.