DJ Guinn is in her first season as a graduate assistant coach for the Bemidji State University softball team. In her role, she assists head coach Rick Supinski and works primarily with pitchers and catchers.
Guinn comes to BSU from La Salle University in Philadelphia where she played four years of collegiate softball in the Atlantic 10 conference while majoring in communications with a concentration in public relations and communication management. She finished her career as an Explorer fifth on the school’s all-time strikeouts list.
A native of Rohnert Park, Calif., Guinn played travel softball for the Nor Cal assault and was also a starting pitcher on the 2007 U.S. Olympic softball team that competed in the Canada Cup. She started at the varsity level at Rancho Cotate High School for three years and helped guide the team to three North Bay League championships and two North Coast Section championships. She won the sectional player of the year and first-team all-state honors in 2007.
Guinn began coaching softball as a volunteer recreational league coach at the age of 14 and has more recently spent time coaching the Under-12 and Under-14 West Coast Ghost travel team. She also served as an assistant coach for the Assault’s Under-18 Gold team in 2009 and 2010.
The daughter of Joe and Raquel Guinn, DJ has two brothers, Kevin (older) and Bud (younger), who both have college wrestling experience. Guinn’s father, Joe, is a wrestling coach and a former member of the U.S. Junior Olympic wrestling squad. Her mother, Raquel, recently retired from coaching junior varsity softball at Rancho Cotate.