Returning to her alma mater for her collegiate coaching debut, Courtney Dale enters her first season as UCLA's volunteer assistant coach.
The Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year in 1999, Dale turned in one of the most dominant seasons in the circle in NCAA Division I history that year, finishing with a 33-1 record, 0.98 ERA and 218 strikeouts while earning All-America and Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year honors, as well as earning a spot on the Women's College World Series All-Tournament team.
Dale's pitching career was slowed in 2000 when a shoulder injury kept her out of the circle for the second half of the season. Dale returned to the lineup in an offensive capacity in time for postseason play, and would return to the circle in 2001 as a senior after successful shoulder surgery. She completed her Bruin career with a 56-5 record in the circle to go along with 17 career home runs. Dale played in 228 games as a Bruin, ranking in the top-20 in program history. She is also in the Bruin career record books in at-bats (680), hits (197), RBI (110), doubles (27) and home runs (17). In the circle, her career yielded UCLA record book appearances in victories (56), appearances (87), innings pitched (432.0) and strikeouts (370).
Since the completion of her UCLA career, Dale participated with the U.S. Elite Team in the summer of 2003 and earned an invitation to the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials. She returns to UCLA having played three seasons of professional softball in the Japan Softball league for Leo Palace 21. This past season. Dale was named the B League MVP, pitching Leo Palace 21 to the B League Championship.
Dale plans to pursue her masters degree at UCLA while volunteering with the Bruin softball staff.