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Gayle Blevins

Class of 1999 

Indiana: 1980 - 1987
Iowa: 1988 - 2010

Blevins Induction Story



Gayle Blevins retired in 2010 after 31 seasons as a Division I head coach, including the last 23 at Iowa. At retirement, Blevins was the second winningest coach in Division I history with a record of 1,245-588-5.

As a head coach, she led her teams to seven Women's College World Series appearances (four at Iowa), won eight Big Ten titles (five at Iowa), was named both the Big Ten and National Coach of the Year and was inducted into both the Indiana University and NFCA Halls of Fame. 

Blevins never had a losing season in her 31-year career. During her time in Iowa City, Blevins guided Iowa to 40 or more wins 13 times, including three seasons with 50-plus victories. Under her direction, the Hawkeyes finished in the top three in the Big Ten every year but five from 1989-2010 and her Iowa teams never finished lower than fifth in the conference.

She continues to be involved in the NFCA as a National Fastpitch Coaches College instructor. In addition, she is heading up production of the second edition of the Softball Coaching Bible, expected to be published by Human Kinetics in 2012.