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Michelle Bolster Joins Arizona State Staff

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State softball program has hired former Florida State University assistant Michelle Bolster as its new assistant coach, Head Coach Linda Wells announced Thursday.

Bolster will round out Wells' staff that includes sixth-year head assistant coach Ann Pedersen and assistant Leah Beach. Bolster's vast experience will primarily be directed towards the Sun Devil pitchers. She will also be directly involved in the preparation of player competition, the daily practice organization, recruiting and monitoring and supervising of student activities.

"We are really happy to have Mikie because she has such a great understanding of the game. She comes from a Division I level program that is very competitive and will be a great addition to our softball community," said Wells. "I'm especially looking forward to utilizing her expertise in pitching."

Prior to arriving in Tempe, Bolster was the assistant coach at Florida State from 1995-99 where, among other duties, tutored the pitchers, helped with recruiting and camps. Bolster also held an assistant coach's position at Bowling Green University from 1992-94.

In addition to her collegiate knowledge, Bolster brings 11 years of ASA Women's Major Fastpitch playing experience, having earned All-American status on several nationally ranked teams. She has also participated in two Olympic Sports Festivals. From 1984-88, Bolster was a standout player at the University of Michigan, where she garnered Big Ten Player of the Year and first-team All-Region accolades in 1988. Arizona State, which advanced to the College World Series last year, finished the 1999 campaign ranked seventh in the nation with a 41-28 record.