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Clare graduate takes over head coaching role of GVSU softball program

Former Clare High School standout Dana Callihan was recently named head softball coach at Grand Valley State University in Allendale after 13 years as an assistant under recently-retired Doug Woods.

Callihan was named the head coach on May 30 and becomes just the second full-time head coach in the program’s history.

She played four years of collegiate softball at GVSU under Woods from 1989 through 1992 as a corner infielder and catcher.

The 1988 Clare High School graduate also helped the Pioneers into the Class C semifinals in 1986 as a pitcher where the Pioneers lost to Grandville-Calvin Christian 6-2 in the semifinal round.

For Callihan the promotion is something she is proud of and she fully intends to keep the Lakers on the national radar.

“I’m definitely excited because the tradition here is fantastic,” said Callihan, a two-time team captain and all-conference player at GVSU. “We have had tremendous support from our administration and community.”

During her first season as an assistant Callihan and the Lakers made their first-ever trip to the Division II College World Series in 2002. They made a return trip in 2013.

During her tenure GVSU has advanced to the NCAA Tournament nine times and won four GLIAC titles.

Moreover since she has been on staff the Lakers have gone 473-197-1 and won 71 percent of their games. They have also won 30 or more games 10 times and 40 or more five times.

In conference play they have also gone 205-91 (.693).

In 2011 she was part of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year as the Lakers advanced to the Midwest Super Regional round. She is also a member of the NFCA and Alliance of Women Coaches (AWC). She earned her bachelor of science degree in industrial technology from GVSU in 1992 and a master’s degree in sports administration from CMU in 2009.

Callihan resides in Lowell with her husband Charlie and their son Zachary.

Her parents Jerry and Virginia Hamming still reside in Clare.

Last Updated: 6/23/2014 6:46:19 PM EST

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