Lisa Banse

Lisa Banse has had an extensive playing and coaching career. She was a multi-year member of the D.E.S. Caserta professional softball team in Caserta, Italy after a successful four-year career at The University of Iowa where she was a two-time NFCA All-American (2003, 2005), three-time all region selection (2003-2005), and Big Ten Pitcher of the year (2003). She broke the single-season strikeout record in 2003 with 267, her sophomore year. She would go on to fan 313 her junior season and 288 her senior season in 2005. Banse twice won 29 games in a single year doing so in both the 2003 and 2005 seasons. Lisa currently ranks second all-time in strikeouts at Iowa with 946 career strikeouts as well as second in shutouts (40). Banse was also an Academic All-Big Ten member from 2002-2005.

During the 2009 season in Italy, she was named the most valuable player of the Italian Serie A softball league, leading her team both on the mound and at the plate. An Italian dual citizen, Banse was on the Italian National Team in 2005, 2006 and 2009. She participated in the European Championships held in Prague, Czech Republic in 2005 helping lead Italy to a first place finish that year. She has also competed in multiple tournaments across Europe.

On the Division I coaching scene, she was a part of the University of Iowa softball clinic roster from 2001 to 2010 and was an assistant coach at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida during the 2006-07 year as well as her most recent stint as an assistant coach at Penn State University. At Bethune-Cookman, Banse worked with the pitching staff and outfielders, she was also influential on the recruiting front. At Penn State, she worked with the pitching and catching staff consisting of 8 athletes as well as assisting with all other aspects of the game and recruiting. Banse has given individual lessons and conducted her own camps and clinics since graduating high school in 2001, and consistently works camps and clinics across the United States.

Her philosophy on pitching is from the ground up working the legs, base and the initial drive off the mound where all a pitcher’s power originates. If a pitcher can master the initial drive and footwork, she sets the stage for a successful pitch, no matter the pitch. She likes to keep her approach to pitching simple as well as the all-important mental game on the mound.