June 17, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas - Former All-American and two-time national champion Kristie Fox has been named head softball coach at UT Arlington, director of athletics Jim Baker announced today.
"I truly believe Kristie has the ability and the background to become one of the top head coaches in the country," Baker said. "Her youthful energy and knowledge of the game, plus her history of success as both an assistant coach and an accomplished player, made her the perfect fit as we begin an exciting new softball era at UT Arlington."
Fox, 26, takes over the Mavericks 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, worked primarily with the Red Raiders' hitters and infielders.
"I'm really excited to be part of UTA softball's bright future," Fox said. "I want to thank Jim Baker, [senior associate athletics director] Debbie Garcia and the whole committee for giving me this opportunity. Their commitment to improving softball facilities, UTA's location and great academic programs really sold me on the fact that UTA is pursuing excellence for academic and athletics, and I'm proud to be a part of it."
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
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