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June 14, 1996

Softball coach Deb Kuhn resigns

by Beth Haag
Iowa State head softball coach Deb Kuhn, who coached the Cyclones to 328 victories and the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, announced recently she will resign, effective June 21. Kuhn led the ISU program for 14 seasons.

Kuhn said the decision was made for personal reasons.

"I've decided to seek new challenges," she said. "The decision is mine. I've been at Iowa State for 16 years and the timing is right for me to explore my options outside of coaching."

Kuhn, a 1978 Kansas graduate, came to ISU as an assistant coach in 1981. She took over as head coach in 1983 and compiled a 328-370-5 record. She was named the 1987 Big Eight Coach of the Year.

In 14 years as head coach, Kuhn guided 39 players to all- conference honors, including seven student-athletes in 1995. Kuhn coached 47 players to academic all-conference recognition.

Iowa State athletic director Gene Smith praised Kuhn's contributions to Iowa State athletics.

"She took our program from its early development through our first Big 12 competition," Smith said. "Deb's teams earned post-season recognition. Her student-athletes were achievers on the field and in the classroom. Her contributions to our program will be evident for many years."

He said a search for a new head coach will begin this month.

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