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Last season, Bruggeman helped the Cardinals to a 47-13 overall mark while placing a school record-tying nine UL players on the All-BIG EAST Conference teams. U of L also hosted an NCAA Regional for the third straight season (No. 15 national seed) and fourth time in program history.
In 2012, she was an integral member of the BIG EAST and NFCA Great Lakes Region Coaching Staffs of the Year after leading the Cards to a program-best 55-5 record. Louisville captured the BIG EAST regular season and tournament titles and earned the overall No. 15 seed in the NCAA tournament. U of L spent the majority of the season ranked in the top 10 of the ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA coaches' polls, appearing as high as Nos. 7 and 9 respectively.
As U of L's first associate head coach Bruggeman is responsible for recruiting and works primarily with the defense. She also assists with offense, game preparation, coordinates team leadership meetings and summer and winter softball camps.
Bruggeman came to Louisville from Purdue, where she started the Boilermaker softball program and was the head coach from 1994 to 2005. She guided the team to a 21-17-1 inaugural season in 1994 posting the best first-year record in Big Ten history. Her teams posted 30 or more wins in nine of her last 10 seasons at Purdue. With Bruggeman at the helm, Purdue had 23 All-Big Ten selections, 24 All-Mideast Region selections and one NFCA First Team All-American.
Prior to working at Purdue, Bruggeman was an assistant coach at Michigan from 1989 to 1993. During that time, the Wolverines won back-to-back Big Ten championships in 1992 and 1993. Michigan earned NCAA tournament bids both years, marking the first postseason trips in program history.
Bruggeman began her coaching career as a graduate assistant at her alma mater Iowa. As a player for the Hawkeyes, she earned All-Big Ten and All-Mideast Region honors as an infielder. She was also an Academic All-American, a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and received Iowa's Athletic Academic Medal of Honor. In 1997, Bruggeman was inducted into the Iowa Softball Association Hall of Fame.
Bruggeman's expertise has also been recognized by her peers. In 2010, she completed a four-year term as president of the NFCA and in 2012, completed a two-year term as past president on the NFCA Board. She was also the national Division I representative for the NFCA from 1996-2000. In 2007, she was selected to be an instructor for the National Fastpitch Coaches College, teaching various NFCA courses throughout the country. In conjunction with her coaching duties, Bruggeman has been a featured speaker at more than 125 national softball clinics and professional business organizations.
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