BA, Whitworth College, 1990
Coach Staudenmaier begins his fourteenth season at the helm of the Lady Warriors with a career record of 382W-238L. After five successful seasons as a head assistant coach in the Warriors Baseball program, Coach Staudenmaier continues WWCC’s winning ways on the softball diamond.
In his five years as head assistant coach, Staudenmaier served as the pitching coach for four Eastern Region championship teams. The 1994 Warriors were NWAACC runner up.
Prior to returning to Walla Walla, Mike was part of four straight NAIA District One winners as a coach and player at Whitworth. He registered saves in each Pirate victories during a best-of-three District One playoff series in 1989 and 1990.
In the mid and late 80’s, Mike starred at Walla Walla High School in football and baseball. He was also selected to the NWAACC Eastern Region first team as a pitcher for Walla Walla Community College, where he earned an A.A. degree in 1988.
Staudenmaier’s coaching experience includes two years as WWCC’s assistant women’s basketball coach. The 1994-95 and 1995-96 Lady Warriors qualified for the NWAACC Eastern Region playoffs. Away from the field, Mike’s lengthy resume includes his current tenure as head trainer for Warrior athletics, supervisor of WWCC’s athletic facilities, head equipment manager, and instructor of sports medicine classes. Despite the hectic schedule, Mike is setting time aside to pursue a master’s degree in athletic administration.
A positive role model, teacher, and coach, Staudenmaier expects his team to contend for the NWAACC Eastern Division and NWAACC titles. In his first two years with the softball program he tallied two 20 plus win seasons and the 2000 club had a 39-8 mark in his third year. In 2001, the team went 25-21 and placed fourth at the NWAACC Championship Tournament. The 2002 team went 36-11 overall, and won the Eastern Region Softball title, with a 25-5 league record, for the first time in school history and placed 5th at the NWAACC Tournament. The Warriors went to the NWAACC Tournament in 2003 (5th place), 2005 (3rd place) and 2006 (5th place). In 2007 the Warriors went 39-18 with a 5th place finish at the tournament. The 2008 Warriors set a school record with 41 wins and only 17 loses and finishing 4th at the NWAACC tournament. The 2009 Warriors went 37-19 and finished 2nd at the NWAACC Championships, the programs highest finish ever. Last year's 2010 squad made the NWAACC Tournament and ended up 28-19 overall. Coach Staudenmaier's teams compete and are very prepared at the NWAACC Championship Tournaments. In his thirteen years at the helm, he has had 19 NFCA/NWAACC All-Americans, 1 North Eastern Region MVP, 3 Eastern Region MVP’s, and 3 Eastern Region Pitching MVP's. He has also had 45 1st Team All NWAACC players, 25 2nd Team All NWAACC players, and 60 sophomore All-Stars. 11 of his players have made the All NWAACC Tournament team, and 29 players have been awarded the NFCA All American Academic award. Two catchers has been voted Diamond National Catcher of the Year. Mike was awarded the prestigious Speedline National Coach of the Year award in 2000. The National Fastpitch Coaches Association presented the award in San Antonio, Texas at their National Convention. Coach Staudenmaier has totaled an amazing 382 victories in 13 seasons at the helm of the Warriors. With all of these accomplishments, he is also very proud of how his players have maintained a team GPA over a 3.0 each quarter for the 13 years he has coached.
AA, Walla Walla CC, 2002
Jessie enters her 8th year of coaching the Warriors. Jessie played in the 2001 and 2002 seasons, where she started in rightfield her freshman year and in centerfield her sophomore year. Her team in 2001 ended with an impressive 4th place finish at the NWAACC tournament and the 2002 team finished 36-11, capturing the Eastern Region Title. Jessie finished her career as a Warrior by being selected team MVP, Captain and 1st team All NWAACC (2 yrs.), Eastern Region MVP (2002), Louisville Slugger NWACC All-American (2002) and to the sophomore All Star team in 2002. She then went on to play Div. 1 softball at Troy State University in Alabama where she started every game in all outfield positions and batted second. We are very happy to have Jessie’s help this year again. Jessie will coach at first base and work with the outfield. She demonstrates tenacity, loyalty and intensity with everything she teaches to the team. Jessie will use her leadership qualities to encourage this year’s team. Jessie is also the head Varsity Volleyball and Junior Varsity Basketball coach at Waitsburg-Prescott High School.
Katie Buehler, Assistant Coach
AA, Walla Walla CC, 2003
Katie enters her 8th year of coaching the Warriors. Katie played in the 2001 and 2003 seasons, where she started at shortstop and leftfield her freshman year and first base her sophomore year. Her team in 2001 ended with an impressive 4th place finish at the NWAACC tournament and the 2003 team finished 29-14, finishing 5th at the NWAACC tournament. Katie finished her career as a Warrior by being selected MVP, Captain, Big Bat and1st team All NWAACC (2 yrs.), Louisville Slugger NWACC All-American (2003) and to the sophomore All Star team in 2003. It is great to have Katie’s help again this year. She brings mental toughness into the field and dugout. Katie will work as our Infield coach, and the bench coach to keep the kids focused and learning. She is very loyal and works extremely hard at what she does. Katie is also an assistant for Waitsburg-Prescott varsity Volleyball and Basketball.
Tressa enters her 2nd season of coaching the Warriors. Tressa played for the 2008 and 2009 seasons starting in leftfield and DP/DH. Her team in 2008 went 41-17, a new school record for wins, and placed 4th at the NWAACC Championships. Her 2009 team went 37-19 and finished 2nd at the NWAACC Championships, which was the highest finish ever for a Warrior Softball team. We are very excited to have Tressa come out and help and learn to become a college coach.