Gregory Introduced as Seventh Head Coach in School History|
June 6, 2014
Gregory, who arrives at Texas Tech following a four-year stint as an assistant coach at Sam Houston State, quickly outlined her plans and expectations for a Red Raider program that is coming off its fifth straight 30-win season.
"You always want to come in somewhere where you don't have to bring in talent because it's already there," Gregory said. "I played Texas Tech every year in my career, and they are filled with talented kids in every facet of the game. We have pop potential, we have speed, we have pitching, and we can play a little bit of defense. I'm grateful for what I come into talent wise and I want to just continue from there."
The Livingston, Texas native heads into her first head coaching opportunity in a familiar setting as well, with her grandmother being a Lubbock resident along with several extended family members.
Gregory was born in nearby Post, Texas, and resided in Lubbock until she was seven-years-old. It is that familiarity with West Texas and its people that was an instant draw to the position.
"I'm extremely grateful for this opportunity," Gregory said. "It may have taken me a little bit longer than they may have wanted to get me here, but finally I'm here. I'm eternally grateful to Kirby (Hocutt) and Judi (Henry) and everyone who made this opportunity for us to move forward."
Gregory emphasized one phrase throughout the press conference - aggressiveness.
"The fans here bleed red. You want to be at a place where you can put the fans in the stands. You want to create that culture that's hard to play in so when a team comes in, we can say we have vivid fans that can't wait to be part of this.
She stated her desire was to be aggressive in every part of the game - base running, hitting and pitching - as well in the daily runnings of the program. It's that type of culture she hopes to establish at Texas Tech where winning will continue for a rabid fan base.
"I will bring energy to the field. I've already done anything that I'll ask our players to do," Gregory said. "The fans here bleed red. You want to be at a place where you can put the fans in the stands. You want to create that culture that's hard to play in so when a team comes in, we can say we have vivid fans that can't wait to be part of this. You get to come in and build on what's already here with that fan support and have them continue to buy into our program."
That fan support, Gregory said, is proven with the sold out crowds that will be present this weekend at the NCAA Lubbock Super Regional held at Rip Griffin Park at Dan Law Field.
With a roster composed of student-athletes who narrowly missed out on an NCAA Regional appearance this past season, Gregory says her goal will be to upgrade the Red Raiders enough where the path to Oklahoma City and the Women's College World Series runs through Lubbock.
"With the fan support that has come out for baseball, why wouldn't you want to be a Red Raider?" Gregory said. "You sell out in less than an hour, how cool is that? We hope to piggy-back off that and be there in a couple years."