Friday, June 22, 2007
UNT names TJ Hubbard new head softball coach
Hubbard served as interim head coach following Kelly Burns’ resignation in May.
DENTON TJ Hubbard has been named head coach of the North Texas softball team, Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal announced today. Hubbard served as interim head coach following Kelly Burns’ resignation in May.
"After carefully considering all of the candidates for this job, TJ became the best choice as the person who could best lead the North Texas softball program to the distinction that we know is possible," Villarreal said. "He brings stability and a track record of success in developing young people into great softball players and high-character student-athletes."
Hubbard has been a part of Mean Green softball from the very beginning. Hired as an assistant coach under former head coach Stacey Segal in August of 2003, Hubbard helped field the very first North Texas team in 2004. He continued as an assistant coach after Burns was hired in 2005. Keith Berg, who was hired as an assistant coach in 2005, will move up to the top assistant.
"I am grateful and excited about the opportunity," said Hubbard. "I appreciate the support of the university and the athletic department. The future of North Texas softball is very bright."
As an assistant at North Texas, Hubbard worked primarily with the hitters and the defense. In 2007, the Mean Green was ranked No. 1 in the NCAA in double plays per game (0.60). NT finished tied for first nationally in total double plays with a school-record 35 turns.
"TJ’s coaching ability is reflected in the accomplishments by the players he coached," Villarreal said. "He was directly responsible for this team having the training and understanding of what is required to lead the nation and set team and individual records in several categories."
Prior to his arrival at North Texas, Hubbard was the assistant softball coach at Seminole State College in Seminole, Oklahoma. In 2003, Hubbard help lead the Lady Trojans to a 64-16 record, a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region II championship, and a third-place finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship.
Hubbard is a 2002 graduate of Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Okla., where he received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science and sports management. He was a three-year letterman for the Eagles baseball team as a second baseman. He transferred to OWU from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.
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