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Strong of Heart: Adam Sargent (’99) and Deanna Gumpf

Jul 23, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

“Strong of heart and true to her name…”

Less than six weeks from the start of football season, perhaps those words trigger visions of an Irish touchdown or sounds of the band playing on the steps of Bond Hall.

But “strong of heart” is not just a phrase from the Notre Dame Victory March. In 2010, the Notre Dame athletics department published the first Strong of Heart book, featuring the unique and inspiring stories of 20 individuals with connections to the Fighting Irish. New editions of the book were published in 2011 and 2012, and in January 2012, Fighting Irish Digital Media helped produce the first video installment of the series – beginning with a literal strong of heart in the story of fencer Teddy Hodges (’11).

Yesterday, a new Strong of Heart episode debuted on NBC Sports Network, sharing the journeys of
Adam Sargent (’99, lacrosse), the associate director in Academic Services for Student-Athletes, and softball head coach Deanna Gumpf, a 2011 honorary Monogram recipient.

The 22-minute episode is most certainly worth your time, not only to learn about Adam and Deanna, but for the numerous Monogram Club connections.

Adam’s segment includes interviews with several members of the Notre Dame community, including:

  • Kevin Corrigan – men’s lacrosse head coach and 2000 honorary Monogram recipient
  • Pat Holmes – Director of Academic Services for Student-Athletes and 2012 honorary Monogram recipient
  • Tricia Bellia – Professor of Law, Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA, Chair of the Faculty Board on Athletics and 2011 honorary Monogram recipient
  • Matt Karweck (’06) – men’s lacrosse assistant coach and four-time Monogram winner
  • Kyle Lawson (’10, hockey) – four-time Monogram winner
  • Steve Sollman (’04, baseball) – Academic counselor for student-athletes, four-time Monogram winner

In addition to interviews with her husband, sister and daughter, Coach Gumpf’s story also features associate coaches and former Irish softball captains Kris Ganeff (’99) and Lizzy Lemire (’01), as well as Amy Buntin and Kelsey Thornton, key members of this past year’s Irish team and graduates in the class of 2013.

While you’re at it, check out the previous videos in the Strong of Heart series, including the story of our very own blogger and Monogram Club president Haley Scott DeMaria (’95, swimming).

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