Louie Berndt begins her seventh season as the head coach of the Monmouth University softball program in 2015-16. The veteran coach has led the Hawks to the conference tournament in five of her six seasons, including a MAAC Championship Runner-Up finish in 2015 and the 2012 campaign in which Monmouth won seven straight games to close the regular season and clinch the final berth in the NEC Tournament. She's also led Monmouth to two 30-win seasons, most recently winning 31 in 2013. Through 2015, she's posted a 306-286 record in 13 seasons as a head coach, including a 146-119 mark at Monmouth.
Under Berndt's tutelage, Kaitie Schumacher enjoyed an unheard of one-year turnaround to become the 2012 NEC Player of the Year and Most Improved Player. After hitting .203 with five home runs and 18 RBI's as a freshman (.155/2 HR/11 RBI's in NEC play), Schumacher posted a .388 average with nine home runs and 34 RBI's, including an NEC-best .421 average with five home runs and 16 RBI's in league play as a sophomore. Her slugging percentage jumped from .347 to .669, while her on-base percentage also saw a dramatic increase from .266 to .464. She finished first in the NEC in slugging percentage, second in batting average, third in on-base percentage and fourth in home runs.
The Hawks posted a 30-18 record in 2010, Berndt's first season. Berndt's 30-win rookie campaign marked the fifth time in Hawks' history that the team logged at least 30 wins in a season, and only the second time a first-year head coach has accomplished the feat. Using a fundamental approach to the game, Berndt simplified things for the team and the results showed.
MU also went 15-4 in the Northeast Conference in 2010, the third highest single-season league win total in program history. The Hawks made a run to the conference tournament finals, their furthest advancement in the postseason since 2001. In 2011, the Hawks posted a 21-21 record and placed three players on the All-NEC Teams under Berndt's tutelage.
Berndt was named the seventh head softball coach in Monmouth University history on August 19, 2009. Berndt comes to West Long Branch from Florida State University, where she served as the associate head coach for the last 10 seasons.
"Monmouth is thrilled to have someone of Louie's caliber join our program," said Dr. McNeil. "Her exceptional experiences and obvious dedication to the game of softball will surely lead Monmouth to new heights. I know that our athletes and staff look forward to working with Coach Berndt to continue the development of the MU softball program."
"I am very excited to be here and looking forward to leading the Monmouth softball program," stated Berndt. "The school's location and the league are very compelling to me. We have the core of the team returning and I feel this is a great opportunity to come in to."
Berndt came to West Long Branch after spending 10 years as the associate head softball coach at Florida State University. During her tenure with the Seminoles, Berndt helped lead the squad to four Atlantic Coast Conference titles and 10 bids to the NCAA tournament, including two College World Series appearances. Four of her recruits were tabbed as ACC Freshmen of the Year performers in her time with FSU, and she also recruited and mentored the 2004 National Player of the Year.
Prior to her time in Tallahassee, Berndt served as the first head coach of the softball program at Marshall. She helped develop a brand new program into a perennial contender first in the Southern Conference, and then in the Mid-American Conference. In just her second season with the Thundering Herd, she led the squad to a SOCON Championship, earning the 1995 Conference Coach of the Year award.
Berndt also spent time as an assistant coach at Ohio State, Florida State, and Nicholls State. At Ohio State, where she spent five seasons, Berndt helped lead the Buckeyes to the 1990 Big Ten Championship. During her first tenure at FSU, Berndt served as pitching coach and helped lead her staff to the 1989 ACC Championship.
A 1983 graduate of Western Michigan University, she also earned a bachelor's degree from Nicholls State in 1986 and has helped write a softball text, Fundamental Skills Drills.
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