The Bears Talk About the Team's Most Inspirational Member
Tammy Lohmann closed her seventh year of service with the California softball program with a return trip to the Women's College World Series in 2012.
Since Lohmann's arrival in Berkeley, Cal student-athletes have garnered 52 all-conference selections and 18 All-America selections. In each of Lohmann's seven seasons with the Golden Bears, Cal has marched into the postseason and has produced six super regional and two WCWS appearances over that span.
The 2012 season saw Lohmann and the Bears set program single-season records for most runs scored (422), RBI (376), homers (84), total bases (856) and the highest fielding percentage (.979). Not only do the 58 wins achieved in 2012 set a new team best, but they also top the previous high of 56, which was set by the 2002 NCAA Title-winning team. The Bears won the inaugural Pac-12 title by posting a 21-3 conference record. In 13 of the 2012 season's weeks, Cal was ranked first in at least one national poll and finished the year ranked third after tying ASU for bronze in the Women's College World Series.
In 2011, the Golden Bears returned to the hallowed grounds of Oklahoma City for the 11th time in school history for the Women's College World Series. They got there by notching Cal's first-ever Super Regional series title over an SEC School - going 2-1 against host Kentucky. After starting the 2011 campaign ranked 12th in the polls and slated to finish fourth in the Pac-10, Cal ended the year No. 5 in the country and second in the conference. Cal closed out the year at a 45-13 clip with an impressive 15-6 conference record to take second place, marking the best Pac-10 finish since 2005, when the Bears tied for first. For their stunning work in 2011, the National Fast Pitch Coaches' Association lauded the Cal coaching staff as the Pacific Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
During the 2010 campaign, Lohmann helped direct the Bears to their best Pac-10 Conference finish since 2005 with a 10-11 record in conference play to tie for fourth. Additionally, the Bears were one of the seven Pac-10 teams to earn an at-large bid to the postseason, and shut out the Columbus Regional, sweeping through the three opponents, before falling in Super Regional play to No. 6-seeded Georgia.
In 2009, thanks to Lohmann's assistance in the development of the Cal hitters, the Golden Bears produced team records in home runs (49) and runs (322) in 2007, and RBI (279) in 2008 and broke their home-run record with 55 round-trippers in 2009.
Prior to her arrival in the Bay Area in 2006, Lohmann was an assistant coach at Wisconsin, helping guide the Badgers to a NCAA Regional appearance in 2005. She coached numerous All-Big Ten conference and regional players with the Badgers. Wisconsin hitters posted a record-breaking offensive season in 2005, setting multiple school records.
As a player, Lohmann was a two-time all-conference selection at Arizona State and was team captain for the 1997 season. She was the ASU Freshman of the Year in 1993 and is on ASU's single-season and career record charts in hits, doubles, and stolen bases.
During the summer of 1998, Lohmann was a pitcher and a shortstop for the Arizona Peppers in the Ladies Professional Baseball League. She played the same positions during the 1998 USA Women's Baseball National Tournament, helping the Arizona Angels to a runner-up finish. In 1999, Lohmann played in the Women's Professional Softball League as a member of the North Carolina Diamonds.
She earned her master's degree in human service administration from Bradley in December 2002. Lohmann is also a one-star master coach with the National Fastpitch Coaches College. She was selected as one of 25 coaches to attend the NCAA Women's Coaches Academic Dimension I in Denver, and again for Dimension II in Indianapolis. The Cal Athletic Department recognized her as a Shining Star in January 2009.
Tammy Lohmann By the Numbers (Cal Only)
18 All-American selections
21 All-Region certificates
52 All-Conference selections
2 Pac-10/12 Pitchers of the Year
1 Pac-10/12 Player of the Year
14 Academic All-Conference certificates
7 winning seasons
7 trips to the postseason
2 trips to the Women's College World Series
Tammy Lohmann Honors (Cal Only)
2012 Easton Team of the Year
2011 NFCA Pacific Region Coaching Staff of the Year