Texas Tech vs. TAMU-CC / Weber State
Red Raiders open 2014 season Thursday evening with 5 p.m. first pitch against Southeastern Louisiana
Bobby Reeves enters his fourth season at the helm of the Texas Tech softball program. Under his leadership this season, Reeves will look to lead a talented, but young team back to the top of the Big 12 Conference.
When Reeves was brought in to coach the Red Raiders in 2000, it was like coming home, as he had spent a season coaching at Southwest Texas State in San Marcos, Texas. "This is like a homecoming to me," stated Reeves, "I grew up around here and am very happy to be back."
There is much excitement surrounding the softball program this season according to Reeves.
"It is an exciting time for the program as is evident with the completion of `The Rock', the new staff and the credentials of the players. The opportunity to get Tech recognized again and back on top is a great challenge for me."
The 2002 season was one of Reeve's toughest with the loss of three players including his All-American pitcher Amanda Renfro. Tech finished the season 13-40 and 2-16 in conference play. The team faced a tough schedule playing against 17 teams ranked in the final Top 25 rankings. Post-season play was cut short with a 2-1 loss to Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament.
In 2001, Reeves led Texas Tech to its second highest win total, including a trip to the Big 12 Conference championship game, as well as a trip to the Region I finals, where it lost to National Champion Arizona. Reeves coached pitcher Amanda Renfro to an All-American season as the senior posted a 34-18 overall record and a 1.08 ERA, leading the squad to a school record-low ERA of 1.47, while striking out 421, helping set the school record for most team strikeouts, 454.
The 2004 season will be Reeves' fifth as a head coach after coaching the 2000 season in San Marcos, Texas. The Bobcats posted the best record in the 16 year history of the program going 35-24, which included wins over two ranked opponents, No. 22 Illinois and No. 16 Louisiana-Lafayette, and a pair of victories over the Texas Longhorns, once at home and once in Austin. Winning .619 percent of the games they played set the school record for winning percentage, earning the team a No. 3 ranking in the Midwest Region during the season.
Reeves coached first-team All-Southland Conference pitcher Jessica Coles, who finished the season 26-16 overall, including a 12-9 conference record. His 2000 Bobcats also set a school record for home runs in a season with 19.
His experience in fastpitch softball is long and distinguished, including winning a pair of National Titles, in 1994 and 1998. While playing in the ASA he was named a three-time All-American pitcher. Reeves also participated on four state championship teams and was named to three All-State teams, including earning a State Tournament MVP award. During his tenure in the ASA he made 12 consecutive National Championship Tournament appearances.
No stranger to the Red Raider softball program, Reeves served as an assistant for three seasons, 1997-99. Tech amassed an overall record of 115-79-1 during his time as an assistant. The 1998 season was the best in the history of the program as Tech posted a 45-19 record, with a 10-7 record in Big 12 Conference play, which marked the first winning season within Big 12 play. The `98 team finished the season ranked 17th in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll after spending nine consecutive weeks ranked in the top 25.
The following season marked the first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, as Tech posted a 36-31 record and advanced to the Regional Finals in Fresno, Calif., where Tech would lose two games to host Fresno State in the finals but Renfro made history tossing a perfect game in the first game of the regional against South Carolina.
As an assistant, Reeves coached three All-Conference players and eight Academic All-Conference performers. Two players were named All-Region and Sandy Butler earned Louisville Slugger Second-Team All-American honors for the 1998 season.
Prior to his first stint at Tech, Reeves worked organizing and conducting clinics on fastpitch softball.
He also served as assistant baseball coach at Lubbock Christian University for two seasons, helping lead the Chaparrals to the Sooner Conference Championship with a 52-16 record. Pitcher Chad Gatlin was named to the All-Sooner Athletic Conference first-team that season. The following year David Harper was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks after LCU posted a record on 39-19.
Reeves played football for West Texas State University, now West Texas A&M University, in Canyon, Texas, before graduating from LCU with a degree in Kinesiology.
Bobby is married to the former Robin Boswell of Shallowater, Texas, and they and their two sons, Tanyon and Tagen, reside in nearby Shallowater.