St. Edward’s hires talented duo
Gardner, Osterman have long, prolific careers together
AUSTIN, Texas – Lindsay Gardner was named head coach and Cat Osterman was hired as an assistant coach at St. Edward’s in the same city they combined for seven All-America awards as college players.
Gardner and Osterman have a built-in advantage in their new assignment. The two have crossed paths as teammates and remained friends since 1999 when they played two years together in the Houston area on the Katy Cruisers travel team. They were teammates on the USA National Team in 2001 and 2002 and also at Texas in 2002 and 2003. In 2003, the duo helped Texas reach the Women’s College World Series. Gardner and Osterman teamed up again as they were both members of the Rockford Thunder in the National Pro Fastpitch League in 2007.
“Lindsay is a fantastic addition to our staff and she is a proven winner in everything that she has been a part of,” said director of athletics Debbie Taylor. “She understands and appreciates the importance of building character and what it means to be a true student-athlete, and that success extends beyond the playing field, to the classroom and as role models within the community. The energy between Lindsay and Cat is palpable and I’m excited to see what they can do together.”
Gardner has served as the head coach/co-founder of Platinum Softball for the past two years and has been a private hitting and fielding instructor in the Austin area for the past three years. Her 18U Platinum squad has all three eligible seniors committed to play collegiately this fall.
“This position has been a dream of mine and I am eager to share my knowledge and passion for the sport with the talented athletes in this program,” Gardner said. “I am thankful for the chance to be back on the Hilltop.”
The program's sixth softball coach, Gardner comes back to St. Edward’s after serving as the assistant coach in 2007 and 2008. She helped guide the Hilltoppers in back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Division II South Central Regional. In 2008, the squad advanced to the Division II championship where it tied for third. That team set the school record for wins with a 53-17 record and the Hilltopper coaching staff was honored as the NFCA South Central Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
While at UT, Gardner was a four-year letterwinner for the Longhorns, gaining All-America honors in 2000. She was a three-time Big 12 all-conference performer and Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2000, when she set the UT single-season record with a .421 batting average.
Joining her will be another record-setting Longhorn.
“Cat brings in an invaluable amount of experience and knowledge, not only in pitching, but in many aspects of the game,” Gardner said. “I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work with her as a coach. We played together throughout each of our careers and have always shared a passion for the game and a drive to be successful. Together we hope to light a spark in the St. Edward’s softball program and community.”
A native of Houston, Texas, Osterman was the only three-time national player of the year and also was a four-time All-American. She paced the Longhorns to three trips to the Women's College World Series (2003, 2005 and 2006). During her redshirt season of 2004, Osterman trained with the USA National Team as the only collegian and youngest member of the Olympic squad that earned a gold medal in Athens, Greece.
A three-time selection as Big 12 Conference Female Athlete of the Year (2003, 2005 and 2006), she still holds UT career records in victories (136), ERA (0.51), shutouts (85) and no-hitters (20) and holds the NCAA record for career strikeout ratio per seven innings (14.35).
Osterman pitched for the USA National Team from 2001 to 2010, appearing in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. Team USA took home the Gold in 2004 and finished with the Silver Medal in 2008. In her 10-year career with Team USA, Osterman held a 59-4 record with 0.38 ERA. She struck out 832 batters in just 425.2 innings of work.
Osterman was a student assistant coach at Texas in 2007 while finishing her undergraduate degree. From there, she moved to DePaul where she was assistant coach from 2008 to 2010, leading the Lady Blue Demons to three consecutive Big East Championships, two NCAA Regional appearances and a 129-50 record.
“I am excited to get back into coaching and to have the chance to make an impact on young players,” Osterman said. “Lindsay and I have a long history together in the softball world and I feel the two of us together can do great things. We have a great friendship and working relationship. The opportunity to improve on an already successful program is something Lindsay and I are thrilled about and we want to see how far we can take this team.”