Stacey Nuveman (Left) at SDSU . Photo By Markdca73 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Three-time U.S. Olympian Stacey Nuveman Deniz has been elevated to head softball coach at San Diego State University, director of athletics John David Wicker announced Tuesday.

Nuveman Deniz becomes the fifth head coach in program history after spending the last 13 seasons with the Aztecs as an assistant, associate head coach and head coach in waiting under SDSU’s all-time winningest coach Kathy Van Wyk.

“I am humbled and honored to have this opportunity to lead San Diego State Softball into the future,” Nuveman Deniz said. “Kathy Van Wyk spent 25 years building this program, and now it is my turn to take the reins and continue that growth.

“I would like to thank John David Wicker for this opportunity and for the unwavering support he has shown me,” she said. “The university, the city of San Diego and our incredible community have captured my heart and I truly am an Aztec for life. I can’t wait to get started.”

Nuveman Deniz was hired at SDSU following her stint with the U.S. team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She helped SDSU to seven straight NCAA tournaments from 2009-15 and a combined 398-264 record in her 13 seasons on The Mesa.

In addition to her two Olympic gold medals — 2000 and 2004 — and silver medal in 2008, Nuveman Deniz helped the U.S. National Team to a World Cup championship in 2006, two World Championships in 2002 and 2006 and two Pan American gold medals in 1999 and 2003.

Nuveman Deniz was a standout at UCLA, finishing her four-year career with four NCAA records — 90 home runs, .945 slugging percentage, 240 walks and 81 intentional walks.

In 1999, Nuveman Deniz led the Bruins to a national championship, batting .446 during the season with 31 home runs and 91 RBIs.

Nuveman Deniz graduated from UCLA in 2002 with a degree in sociology and public policy and earned her master’s degree in kinesiology from Texas Women’s University in 2012.

San Diego State finished the 2021 season with a 28-16 record.

–City News Service