Texas Tech Signs Two National Letters of Intent|
Nov. 9, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech head softball coach Teresa Wilson announced that she has accepted the commitments of a pair of student-athletes who will join the Red Raider program in the fall of 2007.
Tye Coats, a pitcher from Rockwall High School (Rockwall, Texas), will step into the circle for Texas Tech after she finishes her stellar prep career this spring. The 2006 (Dallas-area) 5A Pitcher of the Year, member of several all-district and all-area teams, has been MVP for the past two seasons at Rockwall (junior and sophomore seasons) and is a highly-regarded prospect who is also a 2006 National Honor Society member.
Lauren Preston, from Sugar Land, Texas, is an infield standout and all-district performer from Fort Bend Austin H.S. in the Houston area.
"This year's signing class is very exciting for me," commented Wilson, now beginning her third season with Tech. "I've followed both Tye and Lauren's careers carefully and can honestly say that in my 20 years of coaching I've never accepted commitments from student-athletes who so closely match my own work ethic and approach to the game. I'm looking forward to the opportunity of coaching them.
"Tye's desire to be the best, combined with her talent, should help make us a nationally-dominant force in the years to come. She has command of several pitches and I look for her to immediately be a factor for us.
And, Lauren is already one of the best situational hitters I've seen as a prep. She possesses such a keen understanding of the game and as she moves to the next level of competition and learns to face the nation's best pitchers, there's no limit on ability to succeed.
"My highest praise for Lauren may be that she reminds me of Paul O'Neill (former Yankee great). She's the kind of player who makes things look easy while accumulating phenomenal statistics but still putting the team first and making everyone around you better," Wilson, the avid softball and baseball scholar, said.
Letters of intent may be signed during the early period, this year from November 8 - 15, and are announced by the institution upon receipt of the signed documents.
Texas Tech's 2007 campaign begins February 9th at the Kajikawa Classic, hosted by Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. The 2007 team features 17 returning letter-winners and five newcomers (all freshmen) to the 2006 squad.