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Patti Gerckens Receives Johngy's Beat IMPACT Award

UC San Diego

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Head Coach Patti Gerckens of the University of California San Diego softball team has earned the Johngy’s Beat IMPACT Award. The award is given annually by One Dream Zero Distraction, which represents athletes and coaches of various levels in softball and women’s soccer.

The honor is bestowed each year on a person or group who has made significant contributions to the game of softball. Gerckens joins a host of other distinguished softball coaches who have earned the award, including Donna J. Papa of the University of North Carolina (2018) – which is Gerckens’ alma mater -- and Beth Torina of Louisiana State University (2016).

The New Jersey native completed her 27th season as the head coach of the UC San Diego softball team with a phenomenal run during 2019. Gerckens led the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) regular-season champion Tritons to their first West Region title since 2012. After the Tritons were victorious while hosting the NCAA Division II West 2 Regional, UC San Diego defeated top seed Concordia at the West Super Regional to earn the region’s crown. 

After competing at the finals in Denver, UC San Diego closed out its season ranked seventh in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Top 25 Coaches Poll, which was its highest ranking since the 2013 NFCA Preseason Poll. Gerckens, who is the winningest head coach in Triton history, has garnered numerous accolades this season. In addition to the IMPACT Award, Gerckens has been named the CCAA Coach of the Year and leads the NFCA’s West Region Coaching Staff of the Year. 

One Dream Zero Distraction General Manager Jason Jennings explained why Gerckens’ exemplary coaching garnered the recognition.

“The selection was based on contributions to and the impact [Gerckens has] had on the game of softball, through the inspiration and impact [she] provided and had on [her] players while getting elite results,” Jennings said. 

Gerckens expressed what it meant to her to be recognized for her contributions to collegiate softball. 

“I am honored to receive this award and am humbled by its significance,” said Gerckens. “It means a lot to me that my mentor, Donna Papa, received the award last year. I want to thank One Dream Zero Distraction for bestowing this honor on me.”

The IMPACT Award is one of multiple awards given by One Dream Zero Distraction. The One Dream Awards will take place on Dec. 7, with details to follow.

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