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Texas Tech adds former Jacksonville ace as the program's new volunteer assistant coach
Take a behind-the-scenes look at Texas Tech Softball with Shanon Hays
Sarah Sigrest enters her first season as Texas Tech's volunteer assistant softball coach after being named to the position on Aug. 6, 2012.
Sigrest, one of the top pitchers in the country the past four seasons at Jacksonville University, will assist the Red Raiders in batting practice while also working with the team's outfielders and pitchers.
"We are really excited to have Sarah come on our staff," Hays said. "She was a very accomplished collegiate pitcher who really impressed me when I saw her pitch a few years ago at the South Florida tournament. She has a strong desire to be a college coach at the division I level, and I'm glad she chose Texas Tech as the place to start her career."
This will be Sigrest's first coaching opportunity after graduating from Jacksonville this past spring with a degree in exercise science. She was a four-year letterwinner for the Dolphins from 2009-12 and ended her career as the winningest pitcher in school history.
"This is a huge opportunity for me and I couldn't be more excited to get started," Sigrest said. "Coming from a school of around 4,000 students, I feel fortunate to be able to join a university with such size and tradition like Texas Tech. After pitching against Tech a couple years ago, I was really impressed with how the coaches and players conducted themselves and it was a program that I have followed since. I ultimately decided to move across the country for this opportunity and I wouldn't' do that for just any program."
Hays first came across Sigrest in 2011 when Jacksonville and the Red Raiders met March 18 during the USF The Game Tournament in Clearwater, Fla. The right-hander held Tech to one unearned run over six innings before Cydney Allen connected on a two-out grand slam to left field that broke up a 1-1 tie in the seventh.
The Daphne, Ala. native held Tech to just six hits in the complete-game effort. She tossed a one-hit performance just a day earlier to lead the Dolphins to a 3-1 victory over No. 22 Texas A&M.
Sigrest wrapped the 2011 season with a 27-7 record en route to leading Jacksonville to its first NCAA Regional appearance in school history as the Dolphins finished with a program-best 44-16 record after winning the Atlantic Sun regular season and tournament titles. She also posted a 1.10 earned-run average in 43 appearances which ranked eighth nationally.
Sigrest was named the Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Year following the season after setting the school's single-season records for wins, ERA, strikeouts, shutouts, opponents batting average, and innings pitched. She also earned first team All-Atlantic Sun and second team Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Region honors as well.
After already setting the school record for career wins as a junior, Sigrest came back in 2012 to go 18-12 from the circle with a 2.02 ERA to lead the Dolphins to a 31-25 record. She finished among the top players in school history in almost all pitching categories.