Dunn hired as Wildcats’ softball coach
It wasn’t too long ago that Jamie Dunn stopped coaching to pursue a career in teaching.
The former Mesa State College softball All-American was the Palisade High School softball coach from 2002-2006.
She spent the past three years earning her master’s degree and getting her teaching certificate.
Now a teacher at Fruita Middle School, Dunn will be back in the dugout as the head coach of the Fruita Monument softball team.
“It was always something I wanted to get back into,” said Dunn, who graduated from Central High School. “I wanted to stay in the Fruita community and this just worked out.”
Dunn took over at Palisade right after her college career ended. After four seasons she stopped to focus on her teaching career.
“I didn’t quit because I was tired or burned out,” Dunn said. “I feel like I have a better perspective and three more years of life experience, and I am ready to get going.”
Dunn has the coaching experience and the on-the-field credentials for the job. Dunn was an NCAA Division II All-American at Mesa State and is one of the all-time leaders in hits, runs and home runs for the Mavericks.
Fruita Monument Athletic Director Pat Noland said the Wildcats had a excellent pool of applicants but Dunn was the right person for the job.
Dunn inherits a team that finished 12-8, 8-2 in the Southwestern League. The Wildcats lose only three seniors off last year’s team.
Dunn said she didn’t pay much attention to softball in the valley during her time away.
“I am going in with an open slate,” Dunn said. “First and foremost, academics will be the most important thing, but I want them to work hard every day and put their best on the field
After the first three years of her life without softball since she was 10 years old, Dunn said she is excited to get back onto the diamond.
“Softball is my passion,” Dunn said. “I was busy when I was gone but it is a great feeling to be back. I missed it.”