Former Arizona All-American shortstop Kristie Fox is the new softball coach at UNLV.
The school made the announcement Thursday, luring the rising coaching talent from her position at UT Arlington.
Fox played for the Wildcats from 2004 to 2007, helping Arizona win national titles during her junior and senior seasons. She started on a coaching path as an undergraduate assistant for Arizona’s coach Mike Candrea in 2008, was an assistant coach at Murray State in 2009 and then spent three seasons as a Texas Tech assistant.
She was hired to lead UT Arlington in the summer of 2012 when she was just 26 years old.
“It was evident in our research and through my conversations with Kristie that she would be a top candidate for this position,” UNLV athletic director Desiree Reed-Francois said in a statement.
“She is a rising star in the coaching ranks who made an immediate impact when she took over the program at UT Arlington. Kristie is a competitor who cares passionately about developing her student-athletes as championship softball players and preparing them for life after athletics.
“With her head-coaching experience, building a program, her ties to the region and having competed at the highest levels herself — winning national championships at Arizona — we are confident that she will help lead Rebel softball to national prominence. We are proud to welcome Kristie, her husband Andy and their family to UNLV.”
Presiding over an improving program, Fox led UTA to a 32-28 record last season, its most victories since 2011. She is also an assistant coach for the United States Junior National Team.
Candrea often praised Fox’s toughness as a player. She hit .350 for her career, earning first-team All-America honors in 2005 and 2006.