Former North Dakota State co-head coach Jamie Trachsel will be the new head softball coach at Iowa State, the school announced on Wednesday.
Trachsel comes to ISU after fourteen seasons at North Dakota State, including six with the title of co-head coach, a moniker she shared with Darren Mueller. During those same six seasons, the Bison won five Summit League championships and appeared in the NCAA Regional round five times. The squad amassed 221 victories with Trachsel as co-HC.
Prior to being named co-head coach, Trachsel spent time at NDSU as the team's graduate assistant; assistant coach; and associate head coach from 2002-2010, before being named co-head coach in 2011.
Trachsel called the Bison pitches, as well as coached the team's defense. In 2016, NDSU went undefeated in conference play with a perfect 17-0 record and posted eight victories over Power Five teams, including an early upset of then-#2 Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Trachsel was part of the Bison coaching staff that helped lead the transition from Division II to Division I. As a player at Division II St. Cloud State, Trachsel helped lead her team to three D2 tournament appearances and a conference title, earning all-region tournament team honors in 1999 and twice NFCA all-academic honors.
She takes over an Iowa State club that has struggled mightily over the past several seasons, including posting a 20-35 overall record in 2016 with just a single victory in conference play.