Melissa Cook Stadium - Softball

Melissa Cook Stadium

The Notre Dame family celebrates the life of one of its own each time the softball team steps foot onto Melissa Cook Stadium. Raised in Merrillville, Ind., Cook played for the Fighting Irish softball team in 1991 and 1992, seeing time at second base, shortstop and catcher. She led the team in triples as a freshman and earned a monogram before opting to study abroad one year later. An accounting major, she earned her bachelor's degree and was the controller for Teamsters Union Local 786 prior to her death.

She was a standout athlete in high school, excelling in basketball, volleyball and softball. When Notre Dame offered her a scholarship to play softball, she had achieved a lifelong dream.

Notre Dame broke ground on the stadium in April of 2007 on the same weekend the University celebrated 35 years of women's athletics. Melissa Cook Stadium, a $4.9 million state-of-the-art facility, sits on the southeast corner of the Notre Dame campus near Eck Baseball Stadium. It features a brick/stucco exterior structure along with a state-of-the-art Musco lighting system. The stadium features home and visitor lockers rooms as well as heated dugouts. The field at Cook Stadium is a Bluegrass field with Hilltopper Stabilizer synthetic dirt for the infield. The field also utilizes a complete field drainage system to a series of drywells in order to help with rain and excess water. In terms of player and coach features, the stadium contains a coach's gameday office, training rooms, Umpire's locker rooms, as well as a spacious press box with exclusive areas for media and guests. With its Wi-Fi capabilities, family picnic lawns, chair back and bleacher seating, concessions area, interior restrooms and its common area, the new Cook Stadium is a very fan-friendly place to enjoy a softball game.

Softball Contacts Name Phone Number: 574-631 Email
Head Coach Deanna Gumpf 4840
Associate Coach Kris Ganeff 4840
Associate Coach Lizzy Ristano 4840
Volunteer Assistant Coach Jamie Spitale 4840
Director of Operations  Cassidy Springmann 3750
Fighting Irish Media  Tony Jones 1762
Athletic Trainer Samantha Bowker 7100
Facility Manager Kathryn Coneys 4893
Grounds Manager Ryan Kaspitzke 7962
Team Administrator Monica Cundiff 6107