Gina Fuchs begins her ninth season as a member of the Pitt softball coaching staff. She oversees the outfield and also instructs base running and slap-hitting fundamentals, while assisting with recruiting and scouting.
The Panthers' success in stolen bases can be attributed to Fuchs, as she has guided Pitt's baserunners to several school records in recent seasons. In 2011, the Panthers were third in the Big East with 79 stolen bases. Additionally, Fuchs was instrumental in the team's 236 runs scored, which eclipsed the previous 2006 school record.
Pitt has eclipsed the team record for stolen bases three of the last six years, which started when both Sheena Hellon and Morgan Howard set season and career standards for stolen bases in 2007.
Fuchs also played a large role in the development of slap-hitting outfielder Ashley Amistade. The 2011 graduate improved from a .250 batting average her sophomore year to leading the Panthers with a .320 average in 2010. Her senior year, Amistade recorded a career-high .321 average, while pacing the Big East with 27 stolen bases. She holds the career stolen base record with 73.
Another recent Pitt graduate, Reba Tutt established both the single-season and career runs scored marks under Fuchs' guidance. Tutt was also ranked 47th in the nation in runs per game during the 2011 season.
With Fuchs' assistance, Tutt stole 26 bases as a freshman in 2008, which shattered the rookie record and was one bag shy of the single-season standard that year. She finished with 69 over her career - ranked second-best in Pitt history.
Setting school records is not something new to Fuchs. The former Gina Bianchini was a four-year letterwinner at Penn State (1999-2003) where she holds the program career-best mark for stolen bases (123), hits (238), runs scored (149) and games played (231). These top marks still stand today - nine seasons after Fuchs collegiate career game to a close.
Fuchs also set the school single-season standards in at-bats (197), singles (63) and stolen bases (42).
While at Penn State, she was a two-time team captain (2002, 2003), twice earned first team All-Big Ten honors (2000, 2002) and was a three-time academic All-Big Ten recipient (2000, 2002 & 2003).
Fuchs graduated from Penn State in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and an exercise science emphasis.
She began her professional career as a manager and head fitness trainer at "It Figures" in Pottstown, Pa. In that position, Fuchs was in charge of all operations of the women's fitness facility, including marketing and sales to scheduling and hiring.
Fuchs also worked as a sports performance trainer for Aspiring Champions in King of Prussia, Pa. She coached and instructed elite athletes in all aspects of sports performance, such as power development, strength training, nutrition and conditioning.