Eve Gaw Buck
owner and operator of DBTR CAMPS
For the past 13 years Eve has been working full time as pitching and hitting instructor as well as doing team training for several teams in the state. Through a process oriented approach with the goal of empowering her students with the information to trouble shoot on their own. Mechanics, mental toughness, game situations and leadership development are all part of the program. Having played and coached the game at the highest collegiate level Eve has been afforded the opportunity to see first hand what it takes to be successful on a bigger stage.
In her career Eve Gaw has spent a combined eleven years with the University of Washington softball program as a student athlete, volunteer assistant coach in the late 90’s and assistant coach from 2005-2008.
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 into her sophomore campaign, 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 was a first team All-American, carried the Huskies through the postseason, earning all seven wins, which included a no-hitter vs. DePaul and a one-hitter vs. Northwestern at the Women’s College World Series.
In her first year at UW Gaw groomed Ashley Boek and Caitlin Noble, both set single game records for strikeouts in a game. Noble bested Gaw’s own record of 15 strikeouts with a 16 strikeout performance against Willamette. Gaw’s record was set in 1995. Noble set the Washington single-season record with 9.85 strikeouts per game.
Gaw came 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 ERA’s respectively.
Van der Linden also received the Honda Award for softball and USA Softball Player of the Year award, becoming the first woman ever to wind 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 Series.
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 finishes in 1997 and 1998, and a second-place finish in 1996. A four-time All-Pac-10 selection, she earned All-American honors in 1998.
Gaw finished the 1995 season with 27 wins, tied for fourth most in Husky history, and recorded 12 shutouts, good for second most, and was named 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. After the season she was named Husky Player of the Year.