Katie Burkhart-Gooch joined the softball staff in August of 2014. Her duties include coaching pitchers and serve as camp coordinator.
Burkhart, a two-time All-American at Arizona State, holds every major pitching record for the Sun Devils including wins, innings pitched and strikeouts. She was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year back-to-back seasons in 2007 and 2008. In 2008, Burkhart led the Sun Devils to a National Championship and earned NCAA Women’s College World Series Most Valuable Player honors.
Burkhart was the number one overall selection in the 2008 NPF Draft, and produced an exceptional rookie season, which culminated in NPF Player of the Year honors. In 2009, she earned a place on the United States National Team where she helped her team to a gold medal at the Japan Cup.
Burkhart pitched professionally in the NPF for four seasons, in Japan with Team Shokki for two years and competed one year in Italy. In 2012, Burkhart served as the pitching coach at Central Connecticut State and helped the Blue Devils to their first ever 30-win season.
Burkhart has been inducted into the ASA Hall of Fame, as well as the San Luis Obispo High School Hall of Fame and is the founder of pitchresponsibly.com.