Miranda Bleisch, a native of Wassenaarr, Netherlands, is in her second season as the team's director of operations and fourth season at SDSU. Bleisch, who has a wealth of international and collegiate experience under her belt, assists in all aspects of travel planning and alumni affairs.
Two years ago, Bleisch once again helped with the pitching staff, leading SDSU to a league-low ERA of 2.13. Junior Christina Ross, an all-MWC selection for the second straight year, along with sophomore Melissa Owens were each named MWC Pitcher of the Week on two occasions.
In 2006, then the former Miranda van der Voort, helped the Aztecs' pitching staff record a conference-low ERA of 2.34. The staff went 34-15 in 2006, tossed nine shutouts and limited opponents to a .245 batting average. The staff struck out 286 batters while issuing only 62 walks for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.6.
In addition, three Aztecs (Owens, Ross and Celena Velasquez) earned MWC Pitcher of the Week honors and Ross was named the conference's pitcher of the year.
Bleisch was a standout at nearby Point Loma Nazarene and became one of the most dominant pitchers in Sea Lion history. She earned NAIA first-team All-America honors in 2002 and was selected to the second team in 2003.
Bleisch still ranks among the top five in Point Loma Nazarene history in ERA (1st, 0.81), wins (3rd, 46), strikeouts (4th, 235) and innings pitched (5th, 357.3), despite only playing two seasons for the Sea Lions. In her two years, she dominated opposing batters and swept all pitching awards both seasons, including GSAC Pitcher of the Year, all-GSAC and all-Region II.
In 2002, Bleisch went 26-3 with a 0.74 ERA. She also had 24 complete games and 117 strikeouts in 198.1 innings.
Prior to attending Point Loma Nazarene, Bleisch played two seasons at Southwestern Junior College.
Before coming to the states, Bleisch excelled internationally, competing for the Dutch National Team from 1997-99, and played for the team at the 1998 World Championships in Japan.
Bleisch, who majored in physical education at Point Loma Nazarene, is married to Robert, a football player for San Jose State in the late 1980s. The couple are proud parents of a daughter, Hayleigh, who will turn four in May, and a son, Bobby, who will turn two in March.