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Oregon State Names Two Assistant Softball Coaches

Oregon State University has named Jennae Lambdin and Heather Chinn as assistant softball coaches, head coach Kirk Walker announced.

Lambdin has served as head coach at Solano Community College (CA) since 1995, while Chinn completed her collegiate eligibility at Oregon State in May. "Both Jennae and Heather are people I'm very excited to work with," Walker said. "I know we are going to be able to continue the many positive things we've started and also take the next step in bringing this program to a higher level.

In five years as head coach at Solano, Lambdin tallied a 128-83 record, an impressive mark considering that the team was 3-25 her first season. After that first year, she led Solano to four straight regional appearances and two Bay Valley Conference championships. She was named the conference's coach of the year twice and her players combined for a total of six All-American honors during her tenure. "We are very fortunate to add Jennae to our program", Walker said. "She brings tremendous experience as a player at the highest level and she also has the unique attribute of being a head coach for the last ten years."

Chinn played for Oregon State from 1995-99 and helped lead the Beavers to its first ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 1999. She enjoyed her most successful season as a senior, when she batted .252 with 32 hits and 12 RBI and was third on the team with six doubles. The 1999 Beavers won a school record 47 games and finished one game shy of qualifying for the Women's College World Series. "Heather's value to the program is going to be with keeping the continuity of what we have already established at this university," Walker said. "She is a very special individual who has always been a strong leader in our program and in the Oregon softball world."