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Ex-Arizona shortstop Kristie Fox becomes a college head coach at 26

Kristie Fox

Kristie Fox drove in 230 runs at Arizona, eighth on the school's career list. Tucson Citizen photo.

Former Arizona shortstop Kristie Fox, whose spitfire attitude and middle-of-the-order bat helped the Wildcats win two national titles, was announced Sunday as the head coach at UT Arlington.

Fox, who played at Arizona from 2004 to 2007, is only 26.

“I truly believe Kristie has the ability and the background to become one of the top head coaches in the country,” UT Arlington athletic director Jim Baker said in a statement.

“Her youthful energy and knowledge of the game, plus her history of success as both an assistant coach and an accomplished player, made her the perfect fit as we begin an exciting new softball era at UT Arlington.”

At Arizona, Fox earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors three times and was twice a first-team All-American.

After helping the Cats win the Women’s College World Series in 2006 and 2007, she served as a UA volunteer undergraduate assistant for a year. She then worked at Murray State for a year before becoming an assistant at Texas Tech, where she has spent the past three seasons.

She helped the Red Raiders hit a program-best .341 last season, when they ranked fourth nationally in batting average and led the Big 12 in runs per game (7.17).

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