Texas outfielder Tuesday DerMargosian slides into second base at McCombs Field on April 7, 2017. Daulton Venglar/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas softball coach Mike White hires ex-teammate to instruct Longhorn hitters

Posted July 18th, 2018

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Texas softball coach Mike White announced on Wednesday that Kerry Shaw had been added to his coaching staff.

At Texas, Shaw will coach UT’s hitters. Shaw spent the past three seasons as the head coach at the University of Mary, a Division II school in North Dakota. He also served as an assistant coach at Southeast Missouri State in 2015.

Texas catcher Taylor Ellsworth (17) connects for a single against Houston at McCombs Field on April. 2, 2017. (Stephen Spillman / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Shaw was once White’s teammate on the USA Men’s National Fastpitch Softball Team.

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“I am beyond thrilled to receive this opportunity to work alongside Coach White, Coach (Chelsea) Spencer and the rest of the great softball staff and administration at the University of Texas,” Shaw said in a press release. “The chance to work with such established winners only comes along once in a lifetime. I’m ready to hit the ground running.”

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The hire of Shaw rounds out White’s staff for the 2019 softball season. Chelsea Spencer, who coached White’s defense at Oregon for the past six seasons, joined the Longhorns earlier this month. White has said he’ll focus on tutoring pitchers.

Texas (33-26) hit 25 homers this spring, which ranked last in the seven-team Big 12. Oklahoma, the conference’s crown clubbers, hit 82 homers. Baylor, the closest team to Texas in the Big 12’s home run derby, had 35 homers.

Texas also only stole 37 bases, and its 0.63 steals per game was bettered by 201 NCAA softball teams. White told reporters at his introductory press conference that UT needs to improve on its homers and steals.

In 37 games in 2017, the University of Mary hit .295 with 29 home runs and 30 steals.

“I believe that he will lead our team to new heights offensively,” White said. “As a coach, he has been successful in improving each of the teams he has worked with offensively over the past several years. As a player, he competed at the highest level, gaining knowledge and experience that will definitely benefit UT softball in the years ahead.”

Of the 10 Longhorns who recorded 80 at-bats this past season, nine were underclassmen. Power-hitting outfielder Reagan Hathaway, who has been sidelined for 81 of UT’s last 82 games because of a knee injury, also has two years of eligibility left. Second baseman Janae Jefferson, catcher Taylor Ellsworth and outfielder Kaitlyn Washington have all earned all-conference honors in their careers.

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