July 30, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington coach Kristie Fox announced the hiring of Camden Decker as the new softball pitching coach.
"We are really excited to announce that Camden Decker is joining our staff," Fox said. "He brings UT Arlington knowledge and experience from the men's fastpitch game and the SEC. You can tell he has a passion for the game and a thirst for continual knowledge that I think will resonate with our young pitching staff."
Decker comes to UTA after spending one season as a volunteer assistant at University of Arkansas, and as a former member and catcher for the USA Men's Fastpitch National Team.
Decker has spent time as an assistant at the Doug Gillis International Fastpitch Institute. In that position he helped in the instruction of pitching staffs at Evansville University and the University of Missouri. He has also instructed players at the Bulls/Sox Training Academy in Lisle, Ill., while also helping current Japanese Professional League pitcher, Michael Bowden, of the Seibu Lions and formerly of the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox, develop pitches and work on his mechanics.
The Aurora, Ill., native was a two-year captain for the Waubonsee Community College baseball team where he was twice named an all-conference and all-region performer while leading Waubonsee to a seventh-place finish at the 2010 NJCAA Division III World Series. He then transferred to Trinity International University, where he was a member of the baseball team, volunteer assistant for the softball team and earned his bachelor’s degree in May 2013.
"I'm really looking forward to competing in a great conference like the Sun Belt," Decker said. "Coach Fox has begun to lay a great foundation here at UTA and I'm excited to be a part of big things for this program. I'm very eager to work with the pitchers and catchers and start developing champions! We want to get to a point, quickly, where we are able to compete for championships consistently and make it to Oklahoma City. With the great new facilities being built here, I'm confident that this coaching staff can get the type of student-athletes we need to make that happen."
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