Sharonda McDonald named associate head coach while Amanda Locke will serve as assistant coach
Amanda Locke joined Adrian Gregory's inaugural staff at Texas Tech on June 20, 2014, when she was named an assistant coach with the program.
Locke, a former All-American at Alabama, will serve as Texas Tech's primary pitching coach while also assisting with hitting instruction. She will play a part in Tech's recruiting efforts as well as other aspects of the program.
She joins joins the Tech program following two seasons as the pitching coach at Northwestern State where she helped lead the Lady Demons to two-consecutive Southland Conference Tournament Championships and a pair of appearances in an NCAA Regional.
Northwestern State's advanced to the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional in 2013, marking the program's first postseason appearance since the 2002 season. The Lady Demons returned to the postseason again this past year, advancing to the NCAA Waco Regional. Northwestern State had not previously made NCAA postseason appearances in back-to-back years prior to Locke's arrival.
In her two seasons with the Lady Demons, Northwestern State won a total of 70 games, including 40 in 2013 which marked the program's first 40-win season since 2002. The Lady Demons were just 19-31 the season prior to Locke's arrival.
Locke tutored a pair of All-Southland Conference pitchers during her tenure in Kylie Roos and Kaylee Guidry, who earned second team honors in both of Locke's two seasons. Roos finished 17-5 with a 1.54 ERA in 2013 for a Northwestern State program that cut its team ERA from 3.88 the year prior to Locke's arrival to an impressive 2.15 average.
Locke's hiring at Northwestern State followed a stellar playing career at Alabama where in 2012 she helped lead the Crimson Tide to the program's first NCAA National Championship. She was an NFCA second team All-American and an All-SEC selection her senior year where Alabama finished 60-8 overall after topping Oklahoma for the national title.
The Mesquite, Texas native was also named the SEC Freshman of the Year in 2009 and was an NFCA All-Region honoree as both a junior and senior. She was also a member of the All-SEC Academic Team all four years as well.
Locke was the ultimate utility player for the Crimson Tide, appearing in a total 0f 224 games over her career as either a pitcher or position player. She is among the all-time offensive leaders at Alabama, ranking third for career home runs (54) and eighth for RBI (161).
Her senior campaign was possibly her best while in Tuscaloosa as she slugged a .703 percentage while recording 18 home runs, 56 RBI and 116 total bases, all of which ranked second in single-season history.
Locke totaled four RBI during the championship series against Oklahoma alone, driving a three-run double during the second game of the series before adding a RBI single in Alabama's 5-4 victory in the finale that sealed the program's first national title. The performance earned Locke WCWS All-Tournament honors.
Locke played for the Texas Glory travel team before enrolling at Alabama. She earned her degree from Alabama in 2012.