Sept. 16, 2012
By Michael Eldridge | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas - The UT Arlington softball team hits the field Monday to begin fall practice in preparation for its first year in the Western Athletic Conference.
The Mavericks are looking to bounce back on its 2012 performance in which it went 15-27 overall and 5-9 in the Southland Conference missing out on the post-season tournament. The departure of its coaching staff after the previous season has given way to a new staff that is led by former Texas Tech assistant coach Kristie Fox. Fox says that the focus for the opening of practice is on setting a good foundation.
"Our foundation is going to be based on fundamentals and doing things the right way," Fox said. "We have to break some bad habits. Things like the right way to throw the ball and field the ball. The number one thing we are going to be working on is competing and I mean competing in everything we do. The way you get better is competing against your teammates and try to beat someone out."
Joining Fox on the new coaching staff is Vanessa Soto and Meagan Denny-White. Fox said that it will take some time for the new staff to get to know its players and the style that they play, but that is what the fall practices are for.
"It's going to be a learning process for coaches to know the players," Fox said. "And the other way around, it's going to take some time for the players to get to know the coaches."
Fox said that she is looking for leadership from the seniors on the team and for the pitchers to step up. 2011 SLC Pitcher of the Year Callie Collins enters into her junior year and will be teamed with senior Teri Lyles.
The Mavs hit the field at 2 p.m. at Allan Saxe Field.