July 18, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington coach Kristie Fox played on the USA National team in 2006 and her younger sister Kellie is following suit.
"I'm really proud of my sister and I think she's created her own way in the sport," Kristie said. "She's really impressed me with her tenacity to overcome all the obstacles that have been placed in front of her and how much she's grown up over the last couple of years with being able to juggle school, Arizona softball and USA softball.
"It's such an honor to have the opportunity to play for your country and I think she's one of the players that gets that. It's not about the money or the hype for Kellie—it's about representing your country."
Kellie was invited to try out for the team following her junior season at Arizona after racking up several honors. She was named All-Pac 12 Defensive Player of the Year, All-Pac 12 and an NFCA All-American.
She accepted the invitation and went through a 10-day tryout of workouts, practices and scrimmages in Virginia.
The team just came off winning a Gold medal in the World Cup of softball in Irvine, Calif. and is currently in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada competing in the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International. USA will play several exhibition games in Maryland before flying overseas to compete in Italy.
The ISF Women's World Championship will take place in Haarlem, Netherlands Aug. 12-24.
Kristie also played for Arizona, winning two national championships and All-American honors after her sophomore and junior seasons. 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.
"What I took from my experience was great pride in being able to represent my country and being on the field with some of the best players of our time," Kristie said. "To surround yourself with those types of players who have a great mindset and work really hard, it really impressed, inspired me, and blessed me with some really great friendships.
"Representing my country was a great honor and it has opened many doors for me to continue excelling in the sport I love," Kristie said. "That experience set the tone for what you need to do in order to be the best of the best and I have applied those lessons here at UT Arlington."
Athleticism continues in the Fox family as Kristie and Kellie's younger brother Kory signed with Cal Poly to play football and has reported for summer work outs as a wide receiver. Kory produced impressive numbers in three offensive categories in three varsity seasons under head coach John Anderson at Mt. Carmel High School in San Diego. He caught 24 passes, rushed for 1,150 yards and passed for 1,736 yards in those three campaigns.