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Holly Bruder
Holly Bruder

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
2nd Season

Holly Bruder, a coach who has established a reputation for building fledgling softball programs, was given the responsibility of reviving the Lamar University softball program on Aug. 1, 2011.

Lamar, which had softball from 1983 to 1987, is bringing back its softball program starting with the 2013 season. Bruder has been busy since her hiring, not only recruiting and scheduling, but in making Lamar's field at Ford Park a showcase diamond.

Bruder was 145-105 in her six seasons at Denison, winning four North Coast Athletic Conference regular-season titles and qualifying for the NCAA Division III Tournament on three occasions.

At Morehead State, she went 115-96, leading the Eagles to a second-place finish in the Ohio Valley Conference in 2008, the school's best finish ever, and third-place finishes in 2009 and 2010. She set a school record with 34 wins in 2008 before breaking it with 35 victories in 2009. Prior to her arrival, Morehead State had losing records in eight consecutive seasons and 13 of its previous 14 seasons.

Bruder began her coaching career at Albion College in Michigan in 1999 and 2000 where she was an assistant coach. In her short time there, she helped transform a downtrodden program into a contender, guiding the team into the conference tournament for the first time in three decades. From there, she spent one season as assistant softball coach and head women's tennis coach at Bluffton College in 2001, where her twin sister Heather is the current head softball coach. She helped Bluffton to the league's best record and the top spot in the tournament.

After a stellar prep career at Rogers City (Mich.) High School, Bruder was a four-year letterwinner and standout softball and soccer player at Alma College. She helped Alma win three conference titles and advance to the Division III College World Series in 1999, where her squad took third place nationally. She was named Second-Team All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 1999.

Among her other activities, Bruder coaches the USA Athletes softball teams, where she has had the opportunity to travel to Germany, Aruba and Australia as an ambassador for the game. She is also an ASA and NSA certified umpire and was on the Central Region All-America Committee from 2003-2006.

HOLLY BRUDER YEAR-BY-YEAR

2013Lamar

24
35

.407-

-

Year School Won Lost Pct. Postseason Honors
2002 Denison
27
14
.659 NCAA Division III Tournament -
2003 Denison
24
18
.571 - -
2004 Denison
10
26
.278 - -
2005 Denison
21
19
.525 - -
2006 Denison
33
13
.717 NCAA Division III Tournament NCAC Coach of the Year
2007 Denison
30
15
.667 - -
2008 Morehead State
34
16
.680 - -
2009 Morehead State
35
20
.636 - -
2010 Morehead State
27
24
.529 - -
2011 Morehead State
19
36
.345 -

-

2013 Lamar
24
35
.407 -

-

Totals 11 seasons
284
236
.546
2 NCAA Division III Tournament appearances 1 Conference Coach of the Year award

05/09/2013

Softball edged by UCA in tourney opener

Lady Cardinals return to action at 1:30 p.m. Friday

04/22/2013

Softball hosts Texas State on Tuesday

Lady Cardinals wrap up non-conference schedule

04/21/2013

Softball blanked by McNeese State

Lady Cardinals fall into a tie for fourth in SLC

04/20/2013

Softball drops two to McNeese State

Lady Cardinals are in sole possession of fourth place

04/19/2013

Softball heads to SLC leader McNeese State

Lady Cards are tied for third, just 3 games out of first place

04/30/2014

Lady Cards travel to McNeese this weekend

04/24/2014

POSTGAME: ULM @ LAMAR SOFTBALL

Ford Field - Beaumont, TX

04/18/2014

POSTGAME: TAMUCC @ LAMAR

Ford Field - Beaumont, TX

04/17/2014

HIGHLIGHTS: HOUSTON @ LAMAR

Ford Field - Beaumont, TX

04/09/2014

POSTGAME: ALCORN STATE @ LAMAR

Ford Field - Beaumont, TX

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