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Former Texas Tech standout Holley Gentsch is in her second season with the Red Raider softball program and her first year in the role of volunteer assistant coach.
Gentsch, Texas Tech's primary catcher from 2009-12, earned the promotion to a coaching role prior to the 2014 season after spending a year as the program's graduate student manager.
Gentsch will oversee the Red Raider catchers while also assisting with batting practice and opponent scouting. She also organizes and directs each of Tech's summer and winter camps.
During her playing career as a Red Raider, Gentsch turned into one of the top catchers in school history, driving in 76 RBI over four seasons while helping lead Tech to three NCAA Regional appearances. Prior to Gentsch's 2010 sophomore season, Tech had not advanced to the postseason since 2001.
Gentsch ended her career ranked 12th all-time in RBI while her 202 games played during that span ranked 10th in school history and second among catchers. Her work behind the plate might have been most noticeable, however, as Gentsch was regularly one of the top defensive catchers in the nation, totaling just nine errors over her career for an impressive .990 fielding percentage.
In addition to her efforts on the field, Gentsch was recognized multiple times for her work in the classroom as she was a two-time Capital One Academic All-American. She earned the highest academic honor in program history in 2011 when she was named a second team Academic All-American before following up with third team honors as a senior. She was also named to the Academic All-Big 12 first team three times during her career.
A native of Hewitt, Texas, Gentsch graduated from Texas Tech in the spring of 2012 with her bachelor's degree in sociology. She is currently working on her master's degree in the field.
Gentsch is engaged to Blake Garcia. The couple will get married in the summer of 2014.
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