Amy Suiter begins her fourth year overall and first as a head coach as she was named the Interim Head Coach of the Red Raiders in the fall of 2008. She joined the program as an assistant prior to the Big 12 portion of the 2006 campaign. Suiter brings a wealth of experience to the team as both a successful softball player at a major program and an established instructor and coach developing softball players. At Tech, Suiter oversees the team's pitching, hitting and mental preparation, and directs the recruiting process. Prior to coming to Lubbock, she spent the past several years as a softball instructor for individuals and teams ranging from ages 8-18 in the Seattle, Wash., area as co-owner of her own softball/baseball academy (with her husband, Dustin Suiter).
Suiter (maiden name Hanson) played for three seasons under former Head Coach Teresa Wilson as a catcher at the University of Washington. Many considered her as one of the nation's elite catchers, in part because of her ability to work with pitchers. She helped the Huskies make two appearances at the Women's College World Series. From 2000-2003, Hanson played in 120 games at UW and served as team captain for two seasons. The Mount Vernon, Wash., native received several individual accolades during her collegiate playing days, including Most Improved (2001), Team MVP (2002) and Golden Glove Award (2003). Hanson graduated in 2004 with her bachelor's degree in psychology.
While at Tech, Suiter has completed her master's and is pursuing her doctorate degree in Sports Psychology. She married assistant coach Dustin Suiter, and long-time sweetheart (they were born in the same hospital, one day apart and Amy is the elder) in August of 2007.