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Judi Garman Announces Retirement

Judi Garman, the nation's winningest Division I softball coach and the only mentor the Cal State Fullerton program has known, will retire prior to the 2000 season.

Garman was named administrative assistant to Interim Head Coach Michelle Gromacki on Jan. 3 and she will retire from the University on March 27. Gromacki is a former Titan player and has been Garman's top assistant coach the past five years.

"Goin' fishing!" is how Garman, 55, describes her future plans. "Actually,I plan to do a lot of international traveling including going with the U.S. softball team to Italy in April."

A member of the National Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame since her 1993 induction, Garman established the Cal State Fullerton program and fielded its first team in 1980. Her Titans compiled a record of 913-376-4 (.708) over 20 seasons and captured an NCAA championship in 1986, three second-place trophies and two third-place finishes. The Titans have competed in post-season play in 18 of Garman's 20 seasons.

Three Titan pitchers have won the Broderick Award as the nation's top softball player: Kathy Van Wyk in 1982, Susan LeFebvre in 1986 and Connie Clark in 1987. All-American berths have gone to Titan players on 27 occasions.

The native of Canada began her softball coaching tenure at Golden West College in Huntington Beach in 1972. She also launched the Rustlers' program and compiled a 211-40 record while winning four consecutive (1972-75) national junior college titles. She also coached basketball and cross country at Golden West. She earlier had served as women's athletic director at Westmont College in Santa Barbara while coaching several sports.

Garman played on two Canadian national softball teams and competed in the World Championship held in Osaka, Japan, in 1970.

A retirement event is being organized for the first week of June.