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TYLER, July 30, 2013-- Former UT Tyler softball standout Ashley Endsley and former Louisiana Tech player Michelle Jones have joined the UT Tyler softball staff, head coach Mike Reed announced Monday. Endsley played two seasons for the Patriots while Jones lettered four years for the Lady Techsters.
"Both Ashley and Michelle were highly motivated and successful players who will bring that same work ethic to coaching", said Coach Reed.
"For us to be able add such high caliber people to our staff will be a huge help to the development of our student-athletes. I have known them both for several years and I am honored to have them joining our already incredible staff of coaches."
Endsley, who played two seasons for the Patriots, finished her career with 16 homeruns which ranks in the top-10 all-time at UT Tyler. The third baseman was named National Fastpitch Coaches Association Second Team All-Region in 2012, and garnered First and Second-Team American Southwest Conference East Division honors.
She was also named ASC East Division Newcomer of the Year in 2012 after leading the conference with 10 homeruns.
"I am very excited about this opportunity to learn what goes into being a college coach from Coach Reed and the staff. After playing here for two years I now know what it takes to succeed as a player, and now I want to know what it takes as a coach to have a winning team", said Endsley.
Coach Reed added, "Ashley is a tremendous person who has played a critical role in our success over the last couple of years. I have no doubt she will make that same impact as a coach."
Jones, a native of Scurry, Texas was a four-year letter winner at Lousiana Tech, garnering Second Team All-Western Athletic Conference her senior season while finishing her degree in Health and Physical Education.
The pitcher/utility-player totaled 36 wins in the circle during her career at Louisiana Tech. Jones also notched a no-hitter in a five-inning game against Alcorn State in 2013, and was twice named WAC Pitcher of the Week and Academic All-WAC all four seasons.
"I am very eager and excited to get started in the coaching world", said Jones.
"I could not be working with a more knowledgable staff, they are already teaching me so much and I just got started. I am ready to hit the ground running and be like a sponge and just retain everything that will help me become a better coach. I am very thankful for the opportunity to coach at such a great university and to be coaching such well rounded student athletes."
Louisiana Tech's head coach Mark Montgomery added, ""Michelle was an amazing player and is going to be an excellent young coach. She is hard-working and very diligent in every task she undertakes. She will not only help young players reach their potential but she will inspire them towards greatness"
The two new coaches join an already successful staff, which was named the 2013 NFCA West Region Coaching Staff of the Year after leading the Patriots to the 2013 NCAA DIII World Series.
Article by Jeff Williford
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