Compliance Paperwork Due Sept. 20, Tryouts to Be Held Sept. 22
Christina Merrida enters her third season as assistant coach with North Texas softball. Merrida played under head coach Tracey Kee and associate head coach Natalie Kozlowski as a player at East Carolina from 2007-10.
In year two, she coached Kelli Schkade to first-team All-Conference USA honors as part of her record-breaking season. Schkade set the school record with a 19-game hitting streak to open the season and also set the single-season school record with 52 runs scored and tied the school record with 16 doubles.
As a team, North Texas hit for a .279 batting average, tied for the best mark in school history, and reached base at a .353 clip, the second-best mark in school history, and also set the single-season school record with 81 stolen bases.
In her first season with the Mean Green, she coached Kat Strunk to her second career All-Conference selection and Taylor Schoblocher to Amateur Softball Association/USA Softball National Player of the Week honors, the program’s first national award.
Under Kozlowski’s tutelage, Schoblocher set single-season school records for on-base percentage (.477) and slugging percentage (.833) and finished with the second-best single-season batting average (.389) and second-most home runs (17) and total bases (120). As a team, the Mean Green fielded at a .978 clip, tops in C-USA and school history and the fifth-best in the nation.
Merrida comes to North Texas from Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas where she was an assistant coach. She worked with the outfielders and the slappers for the 2013-14 season. Merrida also served as a volunteer assistant at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, N.C. from 2012-13.
While at ECU, the centerfielder was named to the preseason All-Conference USA team as a senior. She went on to bat .269 that season, posted 50 hits and stole 21 bases. She was a part of team that won the school's first Conference USA regular season and tournament championships and won a pair of NCAA Tournament games, including knocking out host and No. 7 national seed Texas.
Merrida was a four-year starter at centerfield for the Pirates. Over the course of her career, she was one of the team's leaders in runs scored and stolen bases. She finished fourth on the team in 2009 with a .281 batting average and 26 runs scored. As a sophomore, shed led the Pirates in runs scored with 37 and was second in stolen bases with 17.
Merrida earned her bachelor's degree in Communication fromEast Carolina University in May 2011.