Jamie Dunn resigns as Fruita softball coach, takes assistant coaching job at Colorado Christian
It happened fast for Jamie Dunn. In fact, she called it a “whirlwind.”
Just more than a week after applying for the assistant softball coaching position at Colorado Christian University, she was on campus for an interview.
The university hired her to become its assistant softball coach, Fruita Monument High School announced Thursday.
She’ll say goodbye to Fruita, where for the past three years her team’s record was 59-11. She led the Wildcats to the Class 5A state semifinals in 2010 and the state quarterfinals last year.
And, Dunn, 33, a Central High School graduate, will say “hello” to Colorado Christian, located in the Denver suburb of Lakewood.
The Colorado Christian softball program is in its second year. Last season, it lost to Fort Lewis in the RMAC tournament championship. Colorado Mesa University alum Daven Bond is the head coach.
Dunn also played softball at then-Mesa State.
“So, it’s an amazing opportunity to work for (Bond),” Dunn said.
Dunn said she’ll miss coaching Fruita.
“I’ll miss the relationships I formed with the girls,” Dunn said. “I’ll certainly miss the team and certain parts of it. But I’m just so excited to pursue this new challenge and see where it takes me. It’s definitely bittersweet.”
Fruita Monument Athletic Director Denny Squibb said Dunn will be missed.
And the school is accepting applicants for the position, which it will be in a hurry to fill because softball is a fall sport in Colorado.
Dunn was the softball coach at Palisade from 2002 to 2005.
She said she recently applied for the head coaching position at Colorado Mesa University, but was not asked to interview in person.
“The missing piece was having experience at the college level,” Dunn said, “so it was kind of that time in my life that I wanted to get coaching experience at the college level.”