Brittany Gomez-Olson officially became the 19th head coach in Beaver Softball history June 16, 2020 after being hired as the assistant coach beginning in the summer of 2018 and serving as the team's interim head coach during the 2019 season.
Gomez-Olson and the Beavers finished the shortened 2020 season 10-12 after opening to a 6-3 start. BSU won three consecutive games twice and ended with back-to-back wins before the season was canceled March 14 due to COVID-19. Senior pitcher/shortstop Olivia Tucker ranked second in the NSIC with 23 RBI, including a six-RBI game March 8 against California (Pa.), and sixth with six home runs. Sophomore catcher/outfield Alaina Christianson ranked second in the conference with 20 runs scored and three sacrifice bunts. Freshman pitcher Kyla Damerow finished with the sixth-fewest hits allowed (29) among conference qualifiers. Gomez-Olson helped lead five student-athletes to the 2020 Spring NSIC All-Academic Team with three selections to the All-Academic Team of Excellence, while senior catcher/infielder Lexi Derrick earned the NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award.
In her first season at BSU, she helped lead the team to an 18-7 record to open the season, which included a nine-game winning streak. During the season, Second-Team All-NSIC selection Jess Burlingame assembled one of the greatest seasons in BSU history, capping a stellar career. She broke numerous program single-season records during the 2019 season including hits (73), at-bats (189), runs (48), triples (8) and stolen bases (19) as well as career records in at-bats (644), runs (133), hits (233) and triples (15). Nine student-athletes were named to the 2019 Spring NSIC All-Academic Team, including five selections to the All-Academic Team of Excellence.
Gomez-Olson broke into the coaching ranks in 2017 when she accepted a position as the assistant coach on Jamie Pinkerton’s University of Montana softball staff. During her time in Missoula, Mont., the Griz won a Big Sky Championship, made an NCAA Tournament appearance, eight players earned All-Big Sky laurels, had one NFCA All-Region selection, and 15 were named to the Big Sky All-Academic Team.
One of the top hitters in Big 12 Conference history, Gomez-Olson wrapped up her collegiate playing career at Iowa State University in 2016. A leadoff hitter, known for her speed, became the first player in Iowa State softball history to be a four-time All-Big 12 selection. She was named Second-Team All-Big 12 outfielder as a freshman, sophomore, and junior, while she was first-team all-league as a senior after batting .401 as an infielder.
Gomez-Olson started all 219 of Iowa State’s games from 2013-16, concluded her career ranked third in Big 12 history in hits (297), and tied for fifth in stolen bases (110). She is ISU’s leader in career hits, batting average (.396), steals and runs scored (165).
Following her collegiate career, she was drafted 28th overall by the Pennsylvania Rebellion of the National Pro Fastpitch softball league. In the summer of 2017, she played for the Texas Charge.
Gomez-Olson was selected for the U.S. Women’s Baseball National Team in 2015 and helped Team USA win gold at the Pan American Games in Toronto. She made the team again in 2016, representing her country at the World Baseball Softball Confederation Women’s Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea. She was named to the Team USA roster for the third time and competed in the World Cup Aug. 22, 2018, in Viera, Florida.