Born: February 29, 1964 (Red Bank, NJ)
Graduated: Bartlesville (OK) Sooner High School, 1982; University of Kansas, 1986
You will be hard pressed to find someone who epitomizes the University of Kansas softball program more than Bartlesville, Oklahoma, native Tracy Bunge. As a player and coach, Bunge spent spent seventeen years with the program on her way to earning legendary status both on the field and in the coach's box.
As a freshman at KU, Bunge's impact on the softball program was immediate. During her freshman season, she led the team in hits, triples, home runs, runs batted in, pitching appearances, pitching wins, strikeouts, innings pitched, earned run average, and saves. Bunge earned all-conference and all region honors, a feat she would repeat again as a sophomore and junior. However, she saved her best performance for her final season in crimson and blue. As a senior, Bunge set school records for homeruns with nine, earned run average with 0.55, and shutouts with fifteen. Bunge was a first-team All Big 8 selection and a first-team All-America selection.
For her career, Bunge set marks in the top ten school history for triples, runs scored, walks, slugging percentage, pitching appearances, strikeouts, innings pitched, pitching wins, earned run average, shutouts, and complete games.
Following her playing career, Bunge began the next chapter in her life by taking up coaching. After serving as an assistant coach at Iowa State University from 1987 to 1991 and at Yale University from 1992 to 1993, Bunge was named the head coach at the University of Ohio, where she led the Bobcats to the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1995.
In 1997, Bunge returned to Lawrence as the head coach of the Jayhawk softball program, where once again, she shined. In thirteen seasons, Bunge led KU to five NCAA Tournament appearances, one Super Regional appearance, and one Big 12 Conference Tournament championship. Bunge led the Jayhawks to the most wins in program history, compiling a 407-347-2 career coaching record at KU. Bunge also coached one first-team All-American selection, two second-team All-American selections, and a combined 40 All-Big 12 first and second-team selections.