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

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 … Read More

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Former Oregon assistant coach Chelsea Spencer tapped for Texas’ softball staff

New Texas head coach Mike White has hired his first assistant, but didn’t have to look very far for her. White, who came to the Longhorns from the University of Oregon, announced Tuesday that former Oregon assistant Chelsea Spencer will join his staff at Texas. “I am excited to have … Read More

Texas coaches Mike White, Edrick Floréal to each receive base salaries of $450,000

Oregon officials didn’t want to pay up to keep successful softball coach Mike White. Money didn’t stop Texas. In June 2015, White agreed to a six-year contract with the Ducks worth about $237,500 annually, according to the Eugene Register-Guard. The school wasn’t interested in giving White … Read More

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Ex-Texas assistant coach hired to lead Kennesaw State’s softball program

One ex-UT softball coach has landed his next job. Tripp MacKay was named the head coach at Kennesaw State this past Friday. The Owls went 39-17 last year and won the Atlantic Sun Conference’s regular-season and postseason titles. After guiding Kennesaw State to NCAA champion Florida State’s regional, head coach … Read More

Texas introduces new softball coach Mike White as former Oregon coach eyes an elusive title

Not that Texas baseball coach David Pierce had anything to worry about, but Mike White isn’t gunning for his job. White isn’t a guy that got into coaching softball as a way to stay associated with baseball. In fact, Texas’ new softball coach has never played an inning of baseball. Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: How soon before Texas is back on top with White, Floreal? A-S-A-P.

To use softball lingo, when it comes to his latest two hires, Chris Del Conte is 2 for 2. He’s batting 1.000. Of course, neither new softball coach Mike White from Oregon nor track and field coach Edrick Floréal from Kentucky has coached a single game or coached up a … Read More

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Texas fills coaching vacancy on softball team by hiring Mike White away from Oregon

For the first time in over two decades, Texas has hired a new softball coach. Texas announced on Monday that it had hired Oregon’s Mike White to lead its softball program. White will be introduced at a press conference on Tuesday morning. Terms of White’s contract were not disclosed by … Read More

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Janae Jefferson named NFCA All-American

Janae Jefferson earned a spot on the second team of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s All-American squad, the association announced Wednesday. Jefferson, a freshman, led Texas in batting average, hits, runs, on-base percentage and steals. She hit .392, including 11 doubles and 24 RBIs. She’s the fourth Longhorn in program … Read More

Fighting back tears, Cat Osterman salutes former Texas softball coach Connie Clark

Cat Osterman verbalized what many former and current Texas softball athletes were probably thinking Wednesday. “It’s going to be different to see somebody else walk out as the head coach at Texas next year or even in the fall,” Osterman said. “To see the end of … Read More

Texas softball coach Connie Clark to step down after long run with Longhorns

Connie Clark, the only softball coach that Texas has ever known, has resigned, the school announced on Wednesday. The news comes a few days after UT wrapped up a 33-26 season. Clark went through this season without any guarantees past the three-year extension she received in 2015. Read More

‘It’s tough to be done:’ Texas’ softball season ends with 3-0 regional loss to Minnesota

SEATTLE — Texas couldn’t pull off an upset of No. 25 Minnesota twice in two days. The Longhorns (33-26) fell 3-0 to the Gophers (41-16) late Saturday night, ending their season and Super Regional hopes, a postseason round they haven’t reached since 2013. Coach Connie Clark said despite the Longhorns’ … Read More

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Texas softball’s season ends with 3-0 elimination game loss to Minnesota

SEATTLE – Texas couldn’t pull of an upset of No. 25 Minnesota twice in two days. The Longhorns (33-26) fell 3-0 to the Gophers (41-16) on Saturday night, ending their season and super regional hopes, a postseason round they haven’t reached since 2013. Coach Connie Clark said despite the Longhorns’ … Read More

Washington’s late rally sinks Texas in NCAA softball regional

SEATTLE – Texas held on for as long as possible, but fifth-ranked Washington’s offense finally came alive to drop the Longhorns 2-1 Saturday in the NCAA softball regional at Seattle. Texas (33-25) got good pitching and defense for the second game in a row, having upset Big Ten champion and … Read More

Texas starts NCAA regional with a win in Seattle

SEATTLE – Kaitlyn Slack’s RBI blooper to right field in the top of the sixth put Texas on top for good as the Longhorns battled through a pitching duel in their 2-1 win over Minnesota at the NCAA regional in Seattle Friday. The victory advances Texas to the winner’s bracket … Read More

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Slack’s RBI lifts Longhorns to win in first game of NCAA regional

SEATTLE – Kaitlyn Slack’s RBI blooper to right field in the top of the sixth put Texas on top for good as the Longhorns battled through a pitching duel in their 2-1 win over Minnesota at the NCAA regional in Seattle Friday. Texas advances to the winner’s bracket of the … Read More

Pomp and circumstance: Familiar foes await as Texas returns to NCAA’s softball tournament

Texas senior Randel Leahy will miss her graduation ceremony this weekend. Leahy, who’ll graduate with a degree in speech and language pathology, will instead be in Seattle. As will classmates Paige von Sprecken (advertising) and Kristen Clark (exercise science). And Erica Wright, a redshirt junior who’ll focus … Read More

As collegiate career winds down, Randel Leahy is moving up Texas’ batting order

For Texas’ postseason opener against Minnesota on Friday, head coach Connie Clark will continue to use all-conference honorees Janae Jefferson and Paige von Sprecken atop her line-up. Jefferson has been the leadoff hitter in each of Texas’ 56 games. The freshman has reached base in her last … Read More

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Invited once again to the NCAA tournament, Texas to travel to Seattle-hosted regional

For the 14th straight season, Texas is heading to the NCAA tournament. Texas was one of 64 Division I softball teams placed in the NCAA’s postseason, the organization revealed during an ESPN2-televised show on Sunday night. Washington (44-8) is set to host UT’s regional, which will feature the Longhorns (32-24), … Read More

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Longhorns take third place at Big 12 Tournament

Kaitlyn Washington and MK Tedder each drove in two runs while Paige von Sprecken pitched a complete game Saturday to lead the Longhorns to a 9-2 win over Texas Tech for third place in the Big 12 Tournament in Oklahoma City. The Longhorns scored two runs each in the second … Read More

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Texas softball splits two games at Big 12 tournament

The Texas softball team split two games Friday, defeating Iowa State 7-0 before falling to top-seeded Oklahoma 10-1 in six innings later in the day. As a result, the Longhorns finished second in pool play to set up a third-place contest at 1:30 p.m. Saturday against an opponent to be … Read More