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Kristie Fox
Kristie  Fox

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Arizona, 2007


SB: Seniors close out home careers vs. Troy

The Mavericks lead the all-time series with the Trojans 4-3, but are looking to avenge a two-game sweep by Troy in a weather-shortened series last season.


SB: Mavs drop series finale at Georgia State

Sandra Mendoza recorded two of the four Mavericks hits, pushing her hit-streak to 17 games, matching a career-high.


SB: Mavs, Panthers split Day 1

The Mavs and Panthers are back in action on Sunday for the rubber match. First pitch of the is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT.


SB: Mavs travel to Atlanta looking to cage Panthers

The Mavs sit 40th in the nation and second in the Sun Belt in winning percentage at .692.


SB: Mavs sweep doubleheader to take series

Sandra Mendoza was 6-for-10 with three runs, and an RBI to hit .600 on the weekend.

Kristie Fox was named the head softball coach on June 17, 2012. In three years in charge of the program, Fox has helped build the program to new heights. Fox has been a major part of the reconstruction of Allan Saxe Field, opening its doors in 2015 with a new clubhouse, locker room, new seating for 622 as well as a brand new field.

Fox has helped guide the team to three consecutive postseason appearances after the team failed to reach the conference tournament the season prior to Fox taking charge of the team. In her first season, she helped UTA to a 10-win improvement and reached the Western Athletic Conference Tournament after a 25-28 season with nine newcomers.

In 2014, Fox's team opened play by winning nine of the season's first 14 games and finished nonconference play with a 14-15 record despite a tough schedule to begin the season. The Mavericks returned to the postseason after a grueling season throughout a Sun Belt schedule that saw UTA facing two nationally-ranked teams. UTA opened the Sun Belt Championship with a win over in-state rival Texas State before falling in a battle with Western Kentucky in the second round.

The trend continued for the Mavs in 2015 as the team had a record-breaking season during a 27-win campaign. UTA broke single-season records for batting average, runs, RBI, hits and walks. The season also saw several individual records fall. Nina Villanueva broke the all-time single-season runs record with 52 runs scored, while she was second in single-season history in batting average. Shelbi Sikes recorded the most RBI during a season and Mya Anderson and Meagan Michele finished second and third respectively in home run totals.

Fox has had three earn postseason awards through conference play. Villanueva has been a two-time selection to the All-Conference team after earning her first nomination in the WAC in 2013, followed by a Sun Belt award in 2014. Kacey Everett was selected to the All-Sun Belt second team in 2014 after leading the conference in players caught stealing as a freshman.

Her strides off the field have also helped the Mavericks grow as a team. As well as helping in the community, Fox has challenged her team in the classroom and the team GPA has reached new heights, with Marisa Datko and Callie Collins being named 2013-14 NFCA All-American Scholar Athletes.

Fox, a two-time national champion and an All-American, took over the UTA program after spending the previous three years as an assistant coach at Big 12 member Texas Tech. Fox, recognized as one of the top young assistants in the country at Tech, worked primarily with the Red Raiders' hitters and infielders.

A number of Texas Tech's offensive records were broken during Fox's stay in Lubbock. The Red Raiders hit a program-best .341 in 2011 to rank fourth nationally, while their 7.17 runs per game led the Big 12 and finished fourth in the country. Texas Tech set school records for hits, home runs, runs, grand slams, RBI, total bases, slugging percentage and walks during 2011.

The Red Raiders were 41-17 in 2012, the third consecutive season of at least 40 wins. Texas Tech reached the NCAA Regionals in each of the three seasons Fox served on the coaching staff, a feat that had not been previously accomplished at the school.

She also played a vital role in the Red Raiders' recruiting efforts and served as the program's camp coordinator.

Fox spent a year as an assistant coach at Murray State prior to her arrival at Texas Tech. She was an undergraduate assistant at Arizona in 2009 while completing her degree in psychology. Fox, a first-round selection of the Chicago Bandits in the 2007 National Professional Fastpitch League draft, was a two-time national champion and standout member of the Arizona Wildcats' team for four years.

She earned All-American honors after her sophomore and junior seasons at Arizona. Fox set the Women's College World Series record her senior season with 11 hits to lead the Wildcats to their eighth national title. She finished her four-year career (2004-07) with a .350 batting average, 260 hits and 230 RBI. Arizona went a combined 203-43-1 during her playing career, with the national titles in 2006 and 2007.

Originally from San Diego, Calif., she is a former member of the USA Elite Team and earned a gold medal in the College World Games in Taiwan with Team USA in 2006. Fox was named one of three assistant coaches for the USA Softball Junior Women's National team that will compete at the 2015 World Cup of Softball X in Southern California and the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Both events are scheduled for July.

Fox's family has deep ties in athletics. Her sister, Kellie, is a senior softball player at the University of Arizona and a member of the US Women's National Team. Her brother, Kory, is a freshman football player at Cal Poly.

Fox and her husband Andy celebrated the birth of their son Andrew in June. 


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