Andrea Gustafson enters her 1st season as the Assistant Softball Coach at Garden City after spending 15 years as the Head Softball Coach at Seward County in Liberal, Kansas. Over the past 13 seasons, Seward County averaged 40 wins a year while finishing the season as either the Region VI Runner-Up or Champion 9 times. Gustafson´s overall record at Seward County was 578-310 with a conference record of 177-91.
The SCCC program began in 1999, and before Gustafson’s arrival to the program in 2003, the Lady Saints had never won more than 23 games in a single-season. Gustafson led the Saints to 13 years with over 33 victories and to 9 NJCAA Region VI Championship game appearances. Gustafson won 4 NJCAA Region VI Tournament titles and 3 Jayhawk West Conference Championships to go along with two trips to the National Tournament in St. George, Utah where the Saints finished 7th in the nation in 2009 and 9th in 2010.
The Saints final win of the 2017 season came against a #1 ranked Butler team in the first Region VI Championship game ending Butler´s national record 88 game winning streak.
In 2015, Gustafson earned her 500th career win as the Lady Saints defeated Dodge City 8-2 at home on April 1st.
The Lady Saints made a dent on the NJCAA National polls in 2014 where they climbed as high as #9 nationally midway through the year. Their biggest win of the season came in early April when they defeated #1 Butler 7-1 in Jayhawk West Conference action. In 2010 Gustafson led Seward County to their second straight NJCAA National Tournament after winning the Jayhawk West Conference and Region VI Tournament for the second straight year as well. The Lady Saints finished 47-14 and ended their campaign as the 9th best team in all the land. Another highlight of the 2010 season was when the Lady Saints climbed to #7 in the NJCAA top 25 poll, its highest ranking in school history.
2009 was quite possibly the greatest season in Seward County softball history as Gustafson guided the green and black to the Conference Championship, Region Championship, and a 7th place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament.
In 2007, Gustafson guided Seward County to their first-ever NJCAA Top 20 ranking, where they remained for five consecutive weeks. The Lady Saints top ranking in 2007 was on April 18, when they were ranked No. 11 in the nation. 2007 also marked the first time the Lady Saints had an All-American.
2005 was the first time in school history that a Seward County Softball team would win the Jayhawk West and Region VI Championship. They would end the season with 46 wins and just a game away from making it to the National Tournament. The Saints would repeat as Region VI Champions again in 2006.
In her Head Coaching career at SCCC, Gustafson coached 4 All-Americans, 95 Jayhawk West All-Conference selections (38 First Team), 96 NJCAA All-Region VI selections (43 First Team), 21 NJCAA Player or Pitcher of the Week selections, 6 Jayhawk West Conference Most Valuable Players, and 3 Jayhawk West Conference Freshman of the Year. Gustafson was recognized as the Jayhawk West Conference Coach of the Year four times (2003 , 2005, 2009, and 2010).
Gustafson attended and played softball at the University of Oregon (1997-2000) for the nationally-ranked Ducks while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. In Gustafson’s collegiate career, the Ducks made three straight NCAA Tournament appearances and were ranked as high as No. 12 in the nation. Gustafson was a NCAA Second Team All-West Region selection and was a two-time Pac-10 All-Conference selection at second base. A native of Corvallis, Oregon, Gustafson has a son, Jaden.