June 18, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas - Former Arizona All-American and two-time national Champion Kristie Fox has been named head softball coach at UT Arlington, director of athletics Jim Baker announced Monday.
Fox, who competed for Arizona from 2004-07 and was the team's undergraduate assistant in 2008, was a first-team All-American shortstop for the Wildcats in 2005 and 2006, and national champion for the Cats in 2006 and 2007.
"I'm really excited to be part of UTA softball's bright future," Fox said. "I want to thank Jim Baker, Debbie Garcia and the whole committee for giving me this opportunity. Their commitment to improving softball facilities, UTA's location and great academic programs really sold me on the fact that UTA is pursuing excellence for academic and athletics, and I'm proud to be a part of it."
Fox, 26, takes over the Mavericks program after spending the previous three years as an assistant coach at Big 12 member Texas Tech. Fox, recognized as one of the top young assistants in the country, worked primarily with the Red Raiders' hitters and infielders.
"I truly believe Kristie has the ability and the background to become one of the top head coaches in the country," Baker said. "Her youthful energy and knowledge of the game, plus her history of success as both an assistant coach and an accomplished player, made her the perfect fit as we begin an exciting new softball era at UT Arlington."
The San Diego native was an All-Women's College World Series performer during Arizona's 2007 run and was named first-team All-Pac-12 in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Fox blasted 48 home runs in her career, 13th most in Arizona history and batted in 230 runs, eighth most in UA history.