LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech head softball coach Adrian Gregory has elevated Sam Marderto associate head coach, the program announced Tuesday.
"Sam Marder is one of the most dedicated coaches in the country and our program benefits every day from her knowledge and commitment to our players," Gregory said. "Her impact on our locker room has been incredible and the amount of hours spent on the road recruiting will benefit us for years to come. We are excited about the future of our program and this is another step in the investment of our long-term success!"
Marder already owns seven years of experience as an assistant at the Division I level, including stops in Boise State, College of Charleston and now with Texas Tech.
"I am so thankful to Kirby Hocutt, Judi Henry and Adrian Gregory for this incredible opportunity," Marder said. "It is a dream come true to be surrounded by some of the best leaders in the country from whom I learn each and every day. Coach Gregory is one of the most passionate, driven and hard-working coaches I have ever been around. She is building this program the right way, and I could not be more honored to follow and work alongside her. I love this team, and I'm grateful for the chance to coach each of its student-athletes."
Marder, a 2016 Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame inductee and former professional player, oversees Texas Tech's offensive efforts while also working with the Red Raider catchers and assisting with recruiting.
In her first year with the program, the Red Raiders eclipsed 50 home runs as a team, compiled 13 triples to match its fourth best output in school history and increased its number of bases on balls. In 2018, Marder helped boost Tech's numbers in nearly every offensive statistical category, including a jump in batting from .243 in 2017 to .294.
Under her tutelage, Jessica Hartwell become the third NFCA All-American in program history as the junior set school records in home runs, slugging and runs scored. Additionally, Marder groomed freshman catcher Kelcy Leach into an All-Big 12 Freshman Team performer behind the plate.
Marder enjoyed a successful three-year stint as an assistant coach at the College of Charleston prior to joining Tech. Prior to her time in Charleston, Marder served as an assistant coach at Boise State where she worked with the Broncos' outfielders her first year before taking on added responsibility as the team's hitting coach her second season.
Texas Tech earned a berth in the National Invitational Softball Championship in 2018, finishing the season with a 31-28 overall record, which marked the program's highest win total of the Gregory era. The Red Raiders return eight position starters and its top pitcher in sophomore Erin Edmoundson. Gregory and crew will add three transfers and eight high school signees to what was a young squad in 2018.
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