Split-squad three-game series is Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Clay Gould Ballpark.
Troy Conkle is in his second stint with UT Arlington, this time as the team's volunteer assistant coach. Previously, Conkle coached under Mavericks legend Clay Gould for eight seasons off and on from 1995-2003.
Conkle was a member of the Mavericks staff that coached the team to the Southland Conference championship in 2001. That team also won the only NCAA Regional Tournament game in program history when the Mavs topped Houston in the Rice Regional.
Even before coaching UT Arlington, the Southland Conference was hardly new terrain for Conkle, a First-Team All-SLC performer in 1992 and '93 as Northwestern State's shortstop. Conkle's teammates thought enough of him to make him a two-year captain. He also anchored a Northwestern State defense that led the league in defense in 1992.
Conkle's pedigree began at Northwestern State, where he played for former Alabama head coach Jim Wells as well as current Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard and current Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco. Conkle graduated from NSU in 1994 with a degree in broadcast journalism.
Before transferring to Northwestern State, Conkle was a junior college All-American freshman at Paris Junior College.
After college, Conkle played independent ball in the Texas-Louisiana League from 1994-97. His team, Abilene, won the Texas-Louisiana League championship in 1996. He was also named an all-star in 1995. In 1997, his final year as a player, Conkle pitched while also serving as the pitching coach. He carried that into a one-year stint as the pitching coach for Abilene Christian University.
Conkle later returned to school, earning a law degree from Texas Wesleyan School of Law.
Conkle is married to the former Jennifer Berry. The couple has two kids, Caroline and William.