Debbie Hedrick
Debbie  Hedrick

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Louisiana Tech, 1990


SB: UTA shutout SFA 2-0

The Mavericks imrpove to 2-3 in Southland Conference play


SB: UTA falls in doubleheader against Bobcats

The Mavericks fall to 1-3 in conference play


SB: Mavs fall to future WAC opponent

Teri Lyles went 2-for-3 in game two againt the Bulldogs


SB: Mavs pounce the Tigers 14-0

Teri Lyles just out the Tigers of Grambling State


SB: Mavs finish 0-2 against North Dakota State

UT Arlington falls to 9-10 on the season

Debbie Hedrick enters her 16th season as the UT Arlington head softball coach.

Hedrick is coming off the 2011 season where she led her team to the Southland Conference Tournament and fell one game shy of being SLC Champions after leading her team to a 33-25 overall and a 20-10 conference record.

Under Hedrick's direction, true freshman Callie Collins was named SLC Pitcher of the Year and was selected to the 2011 Louisville Slugger/NCFA Division I All-Region Second Team. Collins was the first UTA player to earn the recognition since Katie Jones did so in 2007. The Rusk, Texas native finished the season with an 18-10 record with a 1.72 ERA in 195.1 innings pitched.

The first-team all-conference selection racked up the second most strikeouts in the league (200) and held her opponents to a .193 batting average.

Senior Rebecca Collom finished her career as UTA's all-time home run leader (36) and earned first team All-SLC honors.

Juniors Erica LeFlore and Charne Office were selected to the All-SLC third team while juniors Courtney Zink and Kersti Rowan, sophomore Teri Lyles and freshman Stephanie Gonzalez represented UTA on the honorable mention team.

In the classroom, eight student-athletes were named to the SLC Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll after maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0.

In the 2010 season, Hedrick led the Mavericks to a third place finish in the Southland Conference and helped true freshman Teri Lyles to Southland Conference Freshman of the Year honors. Lyles was only the third UTA player to earn the distinction.

The Mavericks have plenty to be proud of after the 09-10 season. The Mavericks landed four on the All-SLC team and six on the All-SLC Academic team. Lyles and Cara Hulme were recognized three times as SLC Player of the Week and at one point, UT Arlington's .978 (Mar. 26) was ranked fourth in the NCAA statistical rankings. The Mavs finished with the best team ERA (2.19) and Lyles's 1.78 ERA was at top of the Southland Conference.

The combination pitching of Lyles and senior Cara Hulme guided the Mavericks to a 29-25 overall record and a 16-12 mark in conference action. Together Lyles and Hulme recorded a 2.20 ERA with 282 strikeouts and 12 shutout wins.

Lyles was tabbed SLC Hitter and Pitcher of the Week on two occasions and earned All-Tournament team honors at the Baylor Tournament and the SLC Tournament.

Hedrick has mentored her squad to two Southland Conference regular season titles, a SLC tournament title, a school record 41 wins (2003) and the program's first NCAA tournament berth (2003) while combining for a 357-345-2 overall mark.

In 2009, Hedrick guided five Mavericks to Southland Conference post-season honors and led UTA to their 12th SLC conference tournament appearance. The Mavs finished the season with a 23-24 overall record, including a 17-13 mark in conference action. UTSA ended UTA's season in the second day of the Southland Conference Tournament in Lake Charles, La.

Hedrick lead the Mavericks to a 27-22 overall mark and a second place with a 20-10 record in 2008. Last season, Hedrick earned her 300th career victory in a double-header sweep over SLC opponent Southeastern Louisiana on April 26, 2008.

The Mavericks leader also guided five players to All-Southland Conference selections in outfielder Katie Jones, catcher Samantha Chumchal, shortstop Amanda Swofford, pitcher Cara Hulme and third baseman Whitney Simpson.

For the second consecutive season, the Mavericks finished at the top of the Southland Conference in batting, recording a .281 average and ranked first in fielding percentage with a .974 average.

Hedrick earned her second Southland Conference Coach of the Year honor in 2007 after leading the Mavericks to their second regular season conference title with a 19-5 record in SLC play and 36-16 finish overall on the season. With the help of coaches Angela and Vince, Hedrick and the Mavericks had their first SLC Player and Hitter of the Year in right fielder Katie Jones.

Another first for 2007 was pitcher/utility player Heather Fortenberry earning SLC Freshman of the Year honors. In 2007 the Mavs also set new team season records in batting average (.303), runs scored (247), home runs (55), extra-base hits (137) and RBI (237)

Hedrick enjoyed a record breaking season in 2003 as the Mavs rolled through league play to finish with an astonishing 23-4 record on their way to the Southland Conference regular season title, the first in Hedrick's tenure at UTA. The Mavs weren't finished as they went on to sweep the conference postseason tournament to take home the school's first softball tournament crown. UTA continued to break records as they set a school record for wins in a season after snapping Florida State's 27-game winning streak, the nation's longest at the time, by defeating the Seminoles 1-0 in the NCAA Regional in Gainesville, Fla. UTA went on to win one more game in the regional, eliminating host Florida, in the Mavs first-ever trip to the NCAA tournament.

After such a successful season, Hedrick was honored by her peers as the 2003 SLC Coach of the Year.

As a student-athlete at Louisiana Tech from 1987-90, Hedrick became one of the best pitchers in the NCAA history.

Hedrick was a three-time All-American at Louisiana Tech. She had her jersey retired by her alma mater in 1996. Hedrick still holds three NCAA records: most games in a career (193); most complete games in a career (182) and most shutouts in a single season (36). In addition, she ranks second in career wins (149) and career shutouts (84) while ranking third with 50 single-season wins.

The 2002 NCAA record book also lists Hedrick among the top 20 all-time single-season records 12 times.

In the fall of 2003, Hedrick was inducted into the Louisiana Tech Hall of Fame. Hedrick served as UTA's top assistant coach in 1995 and 1996. During those two years, UTA's hurlers were among the SLC leaders in earned run average, and Kimberlee Johnston was an honorable mention All-SLC performer in 1995.

Since taking over the reigns, she has guided UTA's first-ever first team GTE Academic All-American, Lisa Verheul. Hedrick also guided standout pitcher Katy Cox to SLC Pitcher of the Year and SLC tournament MVP honors in 2003 as the Mavs ace led the league with a 1.31 earned run average.

Before coming to UTA, the Mesquite native was an assistant coach at Louisiana Tech in 1990 while completing her degree in business administration.

When she is not on the field with her team, the Mavs coach spends most of her time with her husband, Wayne, and daughters, Shelby and Peyton.


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