Fox Named Head Coach at UT Arlington
Kristie Fox was named the new head coach at UT Arlington Sunday morning.
June 17, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech assistant coach Kristie Fox was named the head coach at UT Arlington Sunday morning in an announcement by athletics director Jim Baker.
An inaugural member of coach Shanon Hays' staff in 2010, Fox, 26, becomes one of the youngest Division I head coaches in the country after helping lead the Red Raiders to three-straight trips to an NCAA Regional during her tenure.
"I couldn't be happier for Kristie," Hays said. "She will have a lot of success at UTA as she is a great teacher of the game and a solid recruiter. For her to be named a head coach at her age, it says a lot about the state of our program and she has played a huge part in that. We wish her absolutely nothing but the best."
Fox worked primarily with the Tech infielders and hitters over the past three years, helping the Red Raiders break nearly every offensive school record while also setting a new mark for fielding percentage this past year as well.
Tech boasted one of the top offenses in the country in each of the last two seasons and set the school and Big 12 records in 2011 with a .341 team batting average. The Red Raiders combined to go 121-51 over Fox's three seasons.
The San Diego, Calif. native inherits a UTA program that went 15-27 this past season and 5-15 in the Southland Conference. The Mavericks will move to the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) next year before joining the Sun Belt Conference beginning in 2014.
"I want to thank Coach Hays, Aly Sartini, the Texas Tech Athletics Department, and the Tech players for three great years and the opportunity to coach in the Big 12," Fox said. "I have enjoyed my time in Lubbock and have learned a lot and am looking forward to taking my knowledge and experience to UTA."
The former two-time All-American at Arizona arrived at Tech following a one-year stint at Murray State. Fox was one of the top hitters in Arizona history, finishing with a .350 career average while driving in 230 RBI for a Wildcat program that won the NCAA National Championship in both 2006 and 2007.
Fox earned her degree in psychology from Arizona following the Wildcats' final national title. She was soon after drafted in the first round of the 2007 National Professional Fastpitch League (NPFL) Draft by the Chicago Bandits. Arizona is still the last team to win the national title in consecutive seasons.
Hays will begin a search for Fox's replacement immediately with her successor being named later this summer.