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DePaul enhanced its softball staff with Samantha Findlay being named assistant coach on Sept. 6, 2011.
The former Michigan All-American softball standout had been the Director of Softball Operations for the Blue Demons program since Aug. 10, 2010.
The NFCA first team All-American joined the Blue Demon staff as a volunteer assistant coach in 2008-09 and served in that capacity for two seasons. Findlay came to DePaul after being a four-year starter at Michigan and helping the Wolverines to an NCAAnational championship in 2005.
"We are excited to have Samantha enhance our program even more," head softball coach Eugene Lenti said. "She was an excellent collegiate power hitter as well as an infield specialist. Samantha has a significant knowledge of the game as well as the experience of hitting against the best pitchers in the country and the world."
Findlay completed her collegiate playing days in 2008, helping the Wolverines to a pair of Big Ten regular-season championships, two Big Ten Tournament titles and four NCAA Tournaments. In 2005, the year Michigan won the national championship on Findlay's game-winning home run,she was named the NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
A four-time all Big Ten honoree, Findlay is Michigan's record holder for home runs (62), RBI (219) and walks (157). In 2005, Findlay was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year along with being the University of Michigan's Freshman of the Year.
Following her collegiate playing days, Findlay was drafted by Chicago Bandits. She belted nine home runs and batted in 21 runs for an impressive .474 slugging percentage.
Findlay began coaching in 2004, as a volunteer softball coach for the Christian Youth Recreation Center.In 2005, she worked the Stone City competitive softball camp. Findlay also worked the 2004, '05 and '06 Michigan Girls Softball Camps.
Named to the Big Ten All-Academic Team in 2007-08, Findlay graduated in with a degree in Psychology in April 2008.
Findlay was an All-State first baseman at Lockport High School and led the Porters to the state championship her senior year. She went 10-for-10 in the state quarterfinals, semifinals and title game. She smashed a home run and the game-winning, three-run double in an 8-6 championship-game victory over Oak Park. Overcoming a 6-0 deficit was the greratest comeback in state softball tournament history.