The Pennsylvania Rebellion have announced that Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Tracy Bunge will join the Rebellion staff as an assistant coach this season.
Bunge has both collegiate and international coaching experience. She served as the head coach at Ohio University from 1994-1996 and then at Kansas University from 1997-2008. Bunge led the Jayhawks to their first Big-12 Conference Championship in 2006.
She coached alongside Rebellion head coach Craig Montvidas with the Dutch National Team after her time at Kansas. She served as assistant coach for both the National and National Junior squads. Bunge saw the team through major international tournaments, including the World Championship in Venezuela and the European Championship in Italy.
"We are excited to have Tracy join the Rebellion coaching staff. Tracy spent a few weeks with the team at the end of last season and it was a natural fit to bring her on full time this season," said Rebellion General Manager Steven Zavacky.
Before coaching at her alma mater, Bunge was a 1986 All-American at Kansas University. During her time as a player, she played on the 1983 Conference Championship team. She received All-Conference honors during all four years of play at Kansas. She pitched for the Jayhawks and led Kansas to three 30-win seasons.
Bunge became Kansas' first NCAA All-American player for softball. Her overall record at Kansas is 39-8, and she finished her season ranked fifth in the nation. She was inducted into the University of Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame in 1987.
After her college career, Bunge continued playing softball with the St. Louis Classics and the Raybestos Brakettes. During this time, she began coaching at the college level as an assistant coach at Iowa State University and Iowa University.
The Pennsylvania Rebellion:
The Rebellion is a professional women's softball team competing as part of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF). In their third season in the league, the Rebellion will play head-to-head against the most talented players in the sport. Games are broadcast nationally and draw local fans of all ages to experience the action live. NPF is an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball. For tickets, please visit www.pennsylvaniarebellion.com or call 724.250.7412.
About National Pro Fastpitch:
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women's Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women's fastpitch softball since 2002.