COACHING STAFF

Dedeann Pendleton-Helm | Assistant Coach

Dedeann Pendleton-Helm finished her 18th season with Colorado State in 2018-19. On the diamond, she is responsible for the battery and overseeing the development of the Rams' pitchers. Pendleton-Helm's administrative duties include acting as the scheduling and scouting coordinator, as well as fundraising, alumni relations, equipment, recruiting and team travel.

During her time at CSU, Pendleton-Helm has coached the three winningest pitchers in school history, and CSU's all-time saves leader. Additionally, she tutored Kelli Eubanks, who ranks second in school history with 360 strikeouts, and Kacie McCarthy, the 2012 Mountain West Pitcher of the Year.

More recently, Pendleton-Helm tutored Holly Reinke, who wound up third all-time in strikeouts at CSU and second in wins after her four seasons at CSU (2013-16).

In 2014, CSU went 32-17, the most wins since 2004 and the sixth-best winning percentage in program history. The team ranked in the top-five all-time for several statistical categories, including runs, batting average and fielding percentage.

Reinke was named to the NFCA All-Pacific Region third team and was a second-team All-Mountain West selection that season. Reinke recorded 20 wins, tied for third-most in program history and third in the MW in 2014. CSU ranked third in the conference for ERA (3.49), and was one of three teams to have two pitchers rank in the top 10 individually for ERA (Reinke and true freshman Larissa Petakoff).

Pendleton-Helm rejoined the CSU staff in 2006 after seven seasons as an assistant at Ole Miss, from 1999-2005. At Ole Miss, she worked with the outfielders, pitchers, hitters and all phases of recruiting. She tutored numerous Ole Miss players to All-Southeastern Conference honors, and helped the Rebels to the program's first winning season since its inception in 1997.

Prior to Ole Miss, Pendleton-Helm was at CSU for four seasons, from 1995-98. During her first stop in Fort Collins, she helped lead the Rams to the most successful season in program history in 1997. Working with outfielders and pitchers, she helped the Rams to the Western Athletic Conference championship, the school's highest national ranking (ninth) and a berth in the NCAA regional tournament. She coached three All-Americans in Jennifer Buford, Sarah Fredstrom and Nikki Johnson. Johnson still holds CSU's career records for innings pitched, wins, strikeouts, complete games and shutouts.

The veteran coach has also made a significant impact on the sport of fastpitch softball, having worked for Triple Crown Sports from 1996-98. During that time, she successfully developed Triple Crown's fastpitch softball division, which currently hosts the largest fastpitch softball tournament in the world each June in Colorado.

She spent her collegiate playing career at Creighton from 1991-95, serving as a pitcher and utility player. She played every position except catcher. During her career she led the Bluejays' offensive attack and ranked first in program history for hits, doubles, RBI and home runs in a season, as well as career home runs. She earned first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in 1995 and second-team all-conference accolades in 1994. Pendleton-Helm also earned second-team all-region recognition in 1994 and 1995.

Pendleton-Helm graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1995 and earned her master's in education from CSU in 2016.

 

Whitney Cloer | Assistant Coach

Whitney Cloer finished her third season with the Colorado State softball coaching staff in 2019. Cloer works primarily with the team's hitting, infield and catchers, in addition to handling a large portion of its scouting and recruiting. The assistant coach was hired by Head Coach Jen Fisher on Sept. 14, 2016.

During her tenure in Fort Collins she has helped produce 13 All-Mountain West honorees, including a Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year with Haley Hutton in 2017 and Player of the Year with Amber Nelson in 2019. In addition to conference awards, Cloer also assisted in developing nine NFCA All-Region nods. In her first season, slugger Hannah McCorkhill earned third team honors, while Corina Gamboa and Sarah Muzik earned spots in 2018. Most recently, she coached a program record six All-Region honorees in 2019.

In 2019 she help the Rams to new heights as they won their second Mountain West Conference title after voted to finish seventh in the preseason poll. During the season Colorado State won 20-consecutive games, including a perfect record in the month of March and upsetting then-No. 16 Oklahoma State. CSU also led the the country in doubles per game after knocking 103 during the season and hit 63 home runs - the third most in program history. The Rams dominated in league play in 2019, winning a program record seven series, including sweeping the first three - which included Fresno State for the first time in program history.

In each of her seasons with the Rams, she has helped improve both the offense and defense. In 2018, she helped guide CSU to one of its best starts in program history with a perfect 7-0 record – its best start since 1997. During the season, the Rams also won four conference series – most since 2014 – including recording a shutout at Fresno State for the first time in program history.

Cloer came to CSU after serving as the assistant coach and assistant general manager for the Scrap Yard Dawgs of National Pro Fastpitch. Her roles included coaching players and managing player personnel. She also aided in signing Monica Abbott to a six-year, $1 million contract which was believed to be the largest by an American female athlete in a professional franchise at the time.

Prior to working for the Scrap Yard Dawgs, Cloer was an assistant coach at Troy University for one season and helped the Trojans to a 32-23 record – 10 more wins than the season prior. She also increased Troy’s conference record by nine wins and nearly doubled its home runs and doubles totals. Two of the biggest improvements Cloer assisted in was improving the Trojans batting average from a .215 to a .260 mark and their slugging percentage from .312 to a .433 average.

Cloer started her coaching career in 2011 as a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater Arkansas before heading to Big 12 powerhouse Oklahoma as a volunteer assistant coach in 2013. While in Norman, the Sooners were Big 12 Champions and went on to play in the Women’s College World Series. She was also part of the NFCA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year.

Cloer was a standout catcher at Arkansas from 2005-09, starting 215 games in her career, including every game during her sophomore and senior years. She finished her career as an offensive focal point, totaling a .335 batting average with 54 hits, 37 RBI and 10 home runs during her senior season. During her time as a Razorback, Cloer earned four varsity letters and served as team captain her junior and senior seasons.

Born in Edmond, Okla., Cloer graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2009 with a bachelor’s of science in kinesiology before earning her master’s in exercise science in 2012.

 

BRIDGETTE HUTTON | VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACH

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