- Volunteer Assistant Coach
- Florida ‘11
- First Season
Former Gator two-time All-American and Academic All-American Kelsey Bruder is in her first season as an assistant coach with the Gators. Bruder comes to UF after serving as a volunteer assistant softball coach with the Murray State Racers in 2012.
A Corona, Calif., native, Bruder left her mark on the Florida softball program as a player from 2008-11, helping lead the Gators to four-straight Women’s College World Series berths, the first SEC team to accomplish the feat. The Gators twice played for a national championship under Bruder’s watch in 2009 and 2011. Bruder was an All-American both years and named to the 2011 WCWS All-Tournament Team.
The 2011 SEC Player of the Year, Bruder also reeled in the 2011 Honda Award for Softball and joined the ranks of five Gator All-Americans as a NCAA Top VIII Award winner in 2012, one of the highest awards in college athletics. The award is given annually to just eight NCAA student-athletes. Bruder became UF’s sixth overall recipient of the award, the first honoree since Tim Tebow in 2009.
The Florida outfielder was named to the 2009 SEC All-Defensive and All-Tournament teams her sophomore season, while also picking up 2009 and 2011 All-SEC accolades. Bruder was named an Academic All-American in both 2010 and 2011 and was on the Academic All-District III Team in 2009.
Two following her departure, Bruder still tops Florida’s all-time list for total bases in a season (152) and her 79 runs her senior season in 2011 marked a single-season school record. She was also a part of the NCAA-record 70 wins her freshman year in 2008 and was a part of just 33 losses in her four-year tenure at Florida.
A current professional softball player, Bruder was the fifth overall pick in the 2011 National Pro Fastpitch Senior Draft to the USSSA Florida Pride and will play her third season with the team this summer.