Eve Gaw spent four seasons from from 2005-08 as Washington's pitching coach and six overall at the UW after a two-year stint in the late 90s as a volunteer assistant coach.
In 2007, Gaw groomed the one-two punch of Danielle Lawrie and Caitlin Noble into the best strikeout duo in program history. The pair broke the school record with 598 combined strikeouts, marking just the second-ever 500-plus strikeout season for the Huskies. The two also held opponents to a .195 batting average and .288 slugging percentage, both the lowest totals in six seasons.
As a freshman in 2006, Lawrie broke four UW strikeout records and she carried that stellar play in her sophomore campaign a season ago, striking out 457 batters to break her previous mark of 397. She is just one of two pitchers in UW history to surpass the 300 strikeout mark. She also averaged 11.51 strikeouts per game, which broke her previous record of 10.51 strikeouts per game.
Lawrie also set school records for strikeouts in a single game, both in a regulation length game and extra inning game. She fanned 20 batters vs. in a nine-inning win over LSU on March 3 and also had 20 strikeouts in seven innings of work vs. South Florida on Feb. 18.
Lawrie, a first team All-American, carried the Huskies through the postseason, earning all seven wins for the Huskies, which included a no-hitter vs. DePaul and a one-hitter vs. Northwestern at the Women's College World Series.
In 2006, Gaw helped Lawrie and Noble hold opponents to a .195 batting average and .288 slugging percentage, which until last year were both the lowest totals in six seasons. The duo helped pitch the Huskies to within a victory of the Women's College World Series. In 2005, Gaw coached the duo of Ashley Boek and Noble, who pitched Washington to within one victory of the College World Series.
Boek broke the school record for strikeouts in an extra-inning game after fanning 18 batters in an 11-inning game vs. Creighton in the NCAA Regional opener.
Noble also set a UW strikeout record, fanning 16 batters in six innings vs. Willamette to surpass Gaw's record of 15 strikeouts set in 1995.
Boek and Noble each tossed a no-hitter and Noble set the Washington single-season record with 9.85 strikeouts per game.
Gaw comes to Washington from Florida State, where she spent two years as the assistant coach in charge of pitching. She tutored the Seminole pitching staff that had the nation's best ERA in 2004, and the fourth best mark in 2003. Under Gaw's tutelage, pitchers Jessica van der Linden and Casey Hunter both earned All-American honors in 2004, finishing with the nation's second and third lowest individual ERAs, respectively.
Van der Linden also received the Honda Award for softball and USA Softball National Player of the Year award, becoming the first woman ever to win both accolades. The Seminoles posted a 106-23 record in Gaw's two seasons at FSU and earned a trip to the 2004 Women's College World Series.
Prior to her time at Florida State, Gaw spent seven years at Washington, both as a player and a volunteer assistant coach.
Gaw, who had a career record of 69-17 as a Husky pitcher, played in the Women's College World Series three times while at Washington, helping the Huskies to third-place WCWS finishes in 1997 and 1998, and a second-place finish in 1996. A four-time All-Pac-10 selection, she earned third team All-America honors in 1998.
Gaw finished the 1995 season with 27 wins, tied for fourth most in Husky history, recorded 12 shutouts, good for second most, and was named the Husky softball rookie of the year.
Although Gaw didn't begin hitting until midway through her junior season, she is still sixth in the Husky record books in career slugging percentage (.554) and ninth in career on-base percentage (.410). As a senior, Gaw led the Huskies in batting average (.345), RBI (37) and home runs (8) while playing first base. She did not abandon the circle, however, going 7-1 with a 1.50 ERA. After the season she was named the Husky Player of the Year.
Gaw served as a volunteer assistant coach at Washington from 1998-2000, working with the UW pitching staff. Gaw and current Huskies head coach Heather Tarr, who also served as a volunteer assistant at Washington in 1998, played together for the Huskies from 1994-1997.
Gaw received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1998 from Washington.