Texas catcher Taylor Ellsworth takes a swing during the 2017 season. Ellsworth was one of five Longhorns to earn all-Big 12 honors while working with hitting coach Tripp MacKay. (CREDIT: Texas athletics)

BEVO BEAT Softball

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

Posted July 2nd, 2018


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 Pete D’Amour left for Virginia Tech.

MacKay spent the past two seasons on Connie Clark’s staff at Texas. MacKay was tasked with instructing Texas’ hitters, and five Longhorns earned all-conference accolades under his watch. In 2018, UT averaged 3.5 runs per game and its .268 batting average ranked sixth in the seven-team Big 12.


Before he arrived at Texas, MacKay was an assistant coach at Oklahoma from 2008-2015.

Clark resigned at the end of her 23rd year at Texas, and the Longhorns replaced her with Oregon’s Mike White. White has not revealed who his two assistant coaches will be. Clark and Jennifer McFalls, the other assistant coach on UT’s 2018 roster, have yet to announce their next moves.

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