Tracey Kee
Tracey  Kee

Richmond, VA

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
East Carolina, 1990


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Tracey Kee, who will begin her second year in charge in 2014-15, was hired in August of 2013, and she became the fourth Mean Green softball head coach in the current era.

In her first season with the program, Kee took the Mean Green to record heights, including the most wins in the team's 10-year history with 31 in 2014.

Her effect on the unit was seen right away as she established her more advanced defensive schemes and took a hands-on role with the pitching staff from the start. Under her tutelage, senior pitcher Ashley Kirk broke the North Texas single-season wins record with 22 victories. She also set the single-season strikeout record with 214.

As a whole, Kee led North Texas to several team records, which included most conference wins (14), most runs scored (272), most RBI (242) and highest batting average (.279).

The Mean Green also saw four players named All-Conference USA, and junior center fielder Kat Strunk was named the C-USA Newcomer of the Year, the first specialty award in program history.

Birthdate Dec. 28, 1967
Birthplace Richmond, Va.
High School Saint Gertrude (Va.) High School
College East Carolina University, 1990 (B.S.)
East Carolina University, 1995 (M.A.)
Master of Arts in Education with Athletic Administration
Level School (Years)
College East Carolina University (1987-90)
High School Saint Gertrude (Va.) HS (1983-86)
Year School, Position
2013-present University of North Texas, Head Coach
1997-2012 East Carolina University, Head Coach
1991-96 East Carolina University, Assistant Coach
Year Championship
1997 Big South Regular Season
1998 Big South Regular Season
1999 Big South Regular Season
Big South Tournament
2000 East Coast Athletic Conference Tournament
2001 East Coast Athletic Conference Tournament
2010 Conference USA Regular Season
Conference USA Tournament
2011 Conference USA Tournament
Years 1999, 2008, 2010, 2011
Year Award
1997 Big South Coach-of-the-Year
2005 Conference USA Coach-of-the-Year
2009 Conference USA Coach-of-the-Year
2010 Conference USA Coach-of-the-Year
2010 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Mideast Region Coaching Staff-of-the-Year
2011 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Mideast Region Coaching Staff-of-the-Year
Year School Record Conf. Record
1997 East Carolina 49-24 13-3
1998 East Carolina 43-21 14-2
1999 East Carolina 50-20 11-3
2000 East Carolina 60-17 2-8
2001 East Carolina 51-23 3-7
2002 East Carolina 38-26 10-13
2003 East Carolina 24-31 5-19
2004 East Carolina 47-24-1 10-14
2005 East Carolina 55-19 17-7
2006 East Carolina 40-24 13-11
2007 East Carolina 40-20 14-9
2008 East Carolina 37-30 10-12
2009 East Carolina 40-15 19-5
2010 East Carolina 44-18 16-5
2011 East Carolina 41-22 14-10
2012 East Carolina 25-28 11-12
2014 North Texas 31-22 14-9
Career 17 Seasons 715-384-1 (.654) 196-149 (.565)

Kee spent 26 seasons at East Carolina as a player, assistant and head coach. Following a standout playing career and successful six-year run as the assistant coach, she was given the reigns to the Pirates prior to the 1997 season and did not look back. She earned Coach of the Year honors four times including three in C-USA.

In 16 seasons as the East Carolina head coach, she compiled a 684-362 record, and guided the Pirates to four NCAA Tournament appearances including three in her last five years. Kee and her staff were also named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association Mideast Region Coaching Staff-of-the-Year honoree twice.

"I believe North Texas' softball program is on the cusp of doing great things," Kee said. "With continued commitment and hard work, this program will be one of pride, success and tradition."

She also pulled in nine league championships, with back-to-back C-USA Tournament titles in 2010 and 2011. From 2009 to 2011, no Conference USA program won more games than East Carolina's 125.

ECU recorded 41 victories in 2011 to become only the fourth team in C-USA history to win 40 or more games in three-straight seasons. Kee's clubs have reached the 40-victory plateau 12 of her 16 seasons. Four times her teams have tallied 50 or more wins, including the 2000 group she directed to a school-record 60 victories. Personally, she reached the 650-win threshold as a head coach in 2011.

ECU won its first C-USA titles in 2010, claiming both the regular season and tournament titles before repeating as tournament champions in 2011.

In just her first season as head coach in 1997, Kee's team posted a 49-24 record, and she was named Big South Coach-of-the-Year. Two seasons later, in 1999, East Carolina won 50 games and made its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Under Kee's tutelage, many players have earned all-conference and all-region honors. During her time in the Big South, she led 11 all-conference players, two rookie-of-the-year selections, the league's tournament MVP, Denise Reagan, in 1999 and the two-time league player-of-the-year in Polonius (1998 and 1999).

The accolades continued in Conference USA as Kee's players received 12 first-team selections and 15 second-team honors. Additionally, 14 student-athletes have been named to the all-rookie team with two named the league's freshman-of-the-year.

In 2009, Kee led Toni Paisley to Conference USA Female Athlete-of-the-Year honors, becoming just the second softball selection in league history. Kee also helped Paisley to three-straight C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Year awards from 2009-11 and to Louisville Slugger/NFCA Third-Team All-America honors in 2010. Six players have also received all-region recognition under Kee since joining C-USA.

Kee played her high school ball at Saint Gertrude in Richmond, Va., from 1983-86 before a stellar career for East Carolina from 1987-1990. In January of 2009, she was inducted into the St. Gertrude Athletic Hall of Fame.

She graduated from ECU in May of 1990 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and, in 1995, earned her master's degree from ECU in exercise and sport science with a concentration in physical education.

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