Title: Associate Head Coach
Wolverine associate head coach Bonnie Tholl is in her 26th season as a member of the Michigan softball coaching staff and her 17th as associate head coach. Tholl is the only assistant under head coach Carol Hutchins to ever be elevated to the position of associate head coach.
A long-time fixture in the first-base coaching box, Tholl has been a part of all 12 of Michigan's Women's College World Series appearances, beginning in 1995 and most recently in 2016. She provided guidance for the 2005 Michigan team that set the school record for wins (65) and shattered records in nearly every offensive category en route to the program's first-ever national championship.
Tholl primarily works with the Wolverine defense and, off the field, coordinates the program's recruiting efforts. She has recruited 32 of the 38 Wolverine players who have received All America honors. Every four-year player since the 1991 recruiting class has been to the Women's College World Series; Tholl brought nearly all of them to Michigan.
Tholl, head coach Carol Hutchins and assistant coach Jennifer Brundage earned the program's first Speedline/NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year honor following the team's title run in 2005. The trio of Hutchins, Tholl and Brundage have earned 12 Great Lakes Region Coaching Staff of the Year honors (1999, 2001-02, '04-05, '08-10, '13-16), while Tholl added a ninth citation as a part of the region's best coaching staff in 1998.
Prior to her return to Michigan in 1994, Tholl served as an assistant and graduate assistant coach at Indiana University for two seasons (1992-93).
Tholl started four seasons (1988-91) at shortstop with the Wolverines, becoming the first player in the history of the conference to earn All-Big Ten first team honors four times. She later coached outfielder Angela Findlay to four straight All-Big Ten first team citations (2007-10). Tholl was selected to the All-Mideast Regional team three times -- twice as a first-team honoree and once on the second-team. She was one of four Wolverines named to the Big Ten All-Decade (1982-92) softball team.
Tholl led the Wolverines in runs for three years in a row (1989, '90, '91), while also leading U-M in walks for three seasons (1988, '89, '91). Tholl also shares the Big Ten Conference record for fewest strikeouts in a conference season (zero in 1991) and is the U-M record-holder for most steals in a game with four swiped bags against Florida A&M in 1990. A former U-M captain, Tholl was the recipient of the 1991 Michigan Maize and Blue award.
Tholl also participated in the 1993 Olympic Sports Festival and played with numerous Amateur Softball Association squads. She was invited to the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team tryout after a successful showing as a member of the U.S. Pan American Games Qualifying Team that advanced to the 1995 Pan American Games. She was also named to the ASA All-America second team in 1992.
Tholl graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in sports management and communications in 1991. She also holds a Master of Science degree in athletic administration from Indiana University (1993).
Title: Assistant Coach
Michigan assistant coach Jennifer Brundage is in her 21st season with the Maize and Blue. As the team's primary pitching coach, Brundage has guided U-M hurlers to 19 All-America citations over her tenure. She also works with Michigan's hitters in addition to handling a variety of team duties.
Since Brundage joined the Michigan family in the fall of 1998, the Wolverine staff has been named Great Lakes Coaching Staff of the Year 13 times (1999, 2001-02, '04-05, '08-10, '13-16, '18) and was named Speedline/NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year for the first time in 2005.
Under Brundage's tutelage, 10 Wolverines have been named Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, two have been Big Ten Player of the Year, while 34 U-M hurlers have earned All-Big Ten distinction, including 22 first-team selections. Most recently, Meghan Beaubien claimed Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors in 2018 and was named an NFCA First Team All-American after leading the nation with 33 wins in her rookie season.
Brundage coached Megan Betsa and Haylie Wagner to dual All-America honors 2015. The Wolverine pitching staff combined for a 1.66 ERA in 2015, earning 491 strikeouts and 18 shutout wins. Betsa repeated as the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year in 2016 and garnered two more NFCA All-America citations (2016, '17). In 2017, she led the nation in total strikeouts (412).
Brundage also boasted a multiple All-American pitching staff from 2008-10 with Nikki Nemitz and Jordan Taylor. In 2008, the duo boasted the nation's top team ERA (0.88) en route to dual selection to the NFCA All-America teams. Nemitz claimed All-America first team accolades in 2009 and was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, while Taylor earned the 2010 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year award. Both ended their U-M careers as three-time NFCA All-Americans.
Also among Brundage's most notable performers during her U-M tenure were two-time All-American Jennie Ritter (2005, '06), who captured the 2005 USA Softball Player of the Year award, winning 38 games en route to the program's first-ever national championship in 2005, and three-time All-American Marissa Young (2000, '02, '03), who also ranks among Michigan's top-five leaders in nearly every major pitching category.
Prior to joining the Wolverine coaching staff, Brundage served as an assistant coach at UCLA (1997-98) and at Tennessee-Chattanooga (1996-97). She also worked as an instructor with the Ron Lefebvre School of Baseball/Softball (1997-98) and has served as a clinician and speaker at clinics and tournaments across the country.
A member of the USA Olympic softball team in 2000 and an alternate in 1996, Brundage helped the United States win the gold medal at the Summer Games in Sydney, Australia, leading the squad in batting average. Brundage was Team USA's leader in runs and home runs and ranked among the top five in RBI, hits and batting average during the team's pre-Olympics Summer Central Park to Sydney Tour. She earned a spot on the Olympic team after helping the United States to gold medals in both the Canada Cup and Pan-Am Games in 1999.
Brundage won a gold medal at the 1998 South Pacific Classic in New Zealand and has participated in six U.S.A. Softball Festivals. She has played in a number of ASA Women's Major National Tournaments and helped the California Commotion to its fourth straight national championship in 1999. Brundage has earned seven Women's Major National championships in her ASA career and is a six-time ASA Women's Major All-American at third base and outfield.
A four-year letterwinner at UCLA (1992-95), Brundage helped the Bruins to four NCAA Women's College World Series appearances, winning the 1992 national championship and finishing runner-up in 1993. She earned a pair of NFCA All-America first team accolades at third base and was named the recipient of the Honda Award (softball) in 1995. Brundage led all NCAA Division I players in batting average (.518) as a senior and broke the Bruins' career records for home runs, RBI and doubles, as well as ranking second on the career list in batting average. On November 11, 2007, she was inducted into UCLA's Athletics Hall of Fame -- the ninth Bruin softball player to earn the distinction.
Brundage was the 1995 CoSIDA Softball Academic All-American of the Year and twice earned CoSIDA Academic All-America first team honors. Brundage was the recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and the UCLA Athletics Senior Scholarship award in 1995.
Brundage graduated from UCLA in 1995 with a B.A. in communications and later earned a master's in sports management from Michigan. Brundage resides in Ann Arbor with her husband, Rich Boys.
MARY BETH DENNISON
Title: Volunteer Coach
Mary Beth Dennison is in her first season with the University of Michigan softball program. Dennison, who brings four years of collegiate coaching experience to Ann Arbor, serves as the Wolverines' volunteer coach.
Dennison comes to Michigan after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Georgia College (2016-18), where she primarily worked with the Bobcats' pitchers, catchers and outfielders. Georgia College qualified for an NCAA Division II Regional last season after posting a 36-15 record and a second-place finish in the Peach Belt Conference. Dennison also spent two seasons at East Georgia State College (2014-16), including one as head coach, and worked as an assistant coach at three different Georgia high schools. In 2014, she helped guide Pinewood Christian Academy to a Georgia state title.
A right-handed pitcher, Dennison played two seasons for Middle Georgia College before finishing her bachelor's in sports management at Georgia Southern in 2011. She added a master's in higher education administration in 2014.
Members of the Michigan Softball coaching staff will be at all camps, but the ENTIRE staff may not be in attendance.