Jeff Annis


Head Softball Coach in Athletics

Jeff Annis is entering his 10th year as head softball coach for the Gusties. During his first nine seasons, he directed the team to an overall record of 265-106-1. In all but one season of Annis's tenure, the Gusties finished in the top two in the MIAC with an impressive conference record of 162-33-1.

The 2014 Gustavus softball team finished second in the MIAC standings for the fourth time in the past five seasons after going 17-5 in league play.  The Gusties defeated Saint Benedict (1-0) in the opening round of the MIAC Playoffs before seeing their season come to an end with consecutive losses to St. Thomas (4-1) and Bethel (7-5).  Gustavus finished the 2014 season with an overall record of 24-15 ­ — eclipsing the 20-win mark for the eighth time in Head Coach Jeff Annis’s nine-year career.  In the MIAC’s postseason awards, shortstop Shelby Nosan (Jr., Baudette, Minn.), second baseman Carly Klass (Jr., Richfield, Minn.), third baseman Kaitlyn Bicek (So., Northfield, Minn.), designated player/catcher Nathalee Boissiere (So., Plymouth, Minn.), and pitcher Hannah Heacox (Fy., Stillwater, Minn.) were named to the All-Conference Team.  Heacox was named the MIAC Rookie-of-the-Year, while Nosan and Bicek later earned a place on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Midwest All-Region Team.

The Gusties compiled their first 40-win season in program history in 2009 under Annis. In his first season in 2006, the squad compiled the program's first 30-win season with a record of 31-9. Over his seven-year tenure at the head of the program, the Gusties have reached the 30-win mark a total of six times. Since arriving at Gustavus, Annis and the team have broken numerous offensive, pitching, and defensive team records. He has coached 18 players who have garnered 30 All-Conference honors, two Academic All-Americans, and one overseas professional player, Joyce DeWitz.

Prior to coming to Gustavus, Annis compiled a record of 463-84 during his 22 years as the head softball coach at Maple River High School. He directed his teams to 21 Valley Conference titles and 15 state tournament appearances. His teams won state titles in 1992, 1996, and 2001. Annis was named Minnesota Softball Coaches Association (MSCA) Coach of the Year three times and Section Coach of the year six times. He served as secretary/treasurer of the MSCA from 1986 to 1991 and then as president from 1991 to 1993.

Annis will continue his teaching duties in the Maple River school district, where he teaches adaptive physical education and drivers' education, in addition to serving as the Activities Director. A 1979 graduate of Mapleton High School, Annis graduated from Golden Valley Junior College in 1981 and Mankato State University in 1983.

Jeff and his wife, Linda, live in Mapleton and have three children, Aaron, Heather, and Adam.

Courses Taught


HES-181 (Women's Softball) and HES-272 (Softball Practicum)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
HES-181Women's Softball202015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, and 2006/SP
HES-272Softball Practicum102015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, and 2006/SP