BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University Director of Athletics Tracy Dill has announced that Brittany Gomez has been named the 19th head coach of the Beavers’ softball program.
Gomez has been the team’s interim head coach since May of 2019.
“Brittany stepped into the head softball coach position a year ago and proved that she has the leadership ability needed to guide our softball program,” said Dill. “I believe that her knowledge of the game, and ability to connect with and develop student-athletes will greatly benefit our program.” Dill added, “We are excited to move forward with Brittany as our head coach.”
“This really means a lot.” commented Gomez. “I am excited to officially have the tag of head coach and to be able to build and develop a program for the future.
“The year of experience [as interim head coach] was big for me. I learned so much. Now I know that I am ready for this” Gomez added, “I am comfortable making decisions that affect our team and understand the responsibilities of this role. Now I want to be better. I want to be better for our players and I want to make sure they have the best experience they can have here at BSU.”
During her season as interim head coach, Gomez led the Beavers to a 10-12 record prior to the NCAA, NSIC and BSU shutting down the spring season due to the COVID-19 virus.
A native of New Braunfels, Texas, Gomez spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the University of Montana prior to joining the Bemidji State staff as an assistant coach in July of 2018. During her tenure, the Grizzlies won a Big Sky Championship and made an NCAA Tournament appearance; eight players earned All-Big Sky honors and one player earned NFCA All-Region honors. In addition, Montana softball placed 15 players on the Big Sky All-Academic Team.
As a collegiate player, Gomez was a leadoff hitter for the NCAA Division I Iowa State University softball program from 2013-16, where she became the first four-time All-Big 12 selection in the program’s history. After earning second-team honors during each of her first three years, she earned First-Team All-Big 12 honors after hitting .401 as a senior. She started all 219 games for the Cyclones during her career and finished as Iowa State’s career leader in hits, batting average, stolen bases and runs scored. She ranks among the top five players in Big 12 history in both hits (297, 3rd) and stolen bases (110, 5th).
After completing her collegiate playing career, Gomez was drafted 28th overall by the Pennsylvania Rebellion of the National Pro Fastpitch softball league. She played for the Texas Charge during the summer of 2017. She also has international competition experience, first as a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. Women’s Baseball National Team at the 2015 Pan-Am Games. She later represented the USA in international competition at the 2016 World Baseball Softball Confederation Women’s Baseball World Cup in South Korea and the 2018 World Cup in Viera, Fla.
Gomez is a 2016 graduate of Iowa State with a degree in business.