June 26, 2013
DENTON, Texas -
North Texas head softball coach T.J. Hubbard is leaving the program to spend more time with his family.
In six seasons as head coach of the Mean Green, Hubbard led North Texas to three winning seasons, including the last two years. During the last two seasons, the Mean Green earned No. 4 seeds in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament and finished tied for third in the 2012 and 2013 championships. Hubbard finished his time at NT with a .500 win percentage (161-161-1 overall), which is the best in school history. The 161 wins is also a program record.
"I am grateful for the opportunity that Rick Villarreal gave me and the support from the entire administration over the last 10 years," said Hubbard. "My family and I enjoyed our time at North Texas and are blessed to have made so many friends here in Denton. I am proud of the growth of the softball program and the success we had, and I look forward to seeing the team's accomplishments in the future."
Hubbard had been a part of Mean Green softball from the very beginning. Hired as an assistant coach in August of 2003, Hubbard helped field the very first North Texas team in 2004. He served as an assistant coach for four seasons before taking the helm in 2007.
"I know this was a tough decision for T.J., both personally and professionally," said Villarreal. "He put his heart and soul into this program and provided numerous memorable moments and notable victories throughout his tenure. We appreciate all the time and effort he put into the program and wish him well in his future endeavors."
Hubbard and the Mean Green had one of their best seasons in 2013. The 2013 team won 10 of its last 14 games to secure the program's third winning season at 29-24. The 29 wins tied a single-season best. The Mean Green capped its tenure in the Sun Belt Conference with a 12-9 mark, tying its second-best record. The Mean Green picked up notable wins in 2013, over Oklahoma State on the road and No. 19 Baylor at home.
Under Hubbard's tutelage as both a head and assistant coach, 19 North Texas players were named all-conference, eight were selected to the Sun Belt All-Tournament Team and 18 players were named conference player of the week in the last 10 years. The Mean Green defeated six ranked teams under Hubbard as head coach.
In Hubbard's six years as head coach, North Texas put an emphasis on offensive production and stellar defense. North Texas hit 42 or more home runs in six of the 10 years of the program, including a team record 52 home runs in 2010. In the last six years, North Texas hit a total of 271 home runs. The Mean Green set the team record for fielding percentage (.967) in 2013.
In 2013, North Texas tied a school record with three players being named to the All-Sun Belt team. Ashley Kirk became the second Mean Green pitcher named all-conference; she received second-team honors. Junior Brooke Foster and freshman Taylor Schoblocher received second-team at-large honors.
Foster had one of the top individual performances in the North Texas record books. She finished her junior season with the second-highest batting average (.377) in a single-season, tied for the third-most hits (66) and set the record for most multi-hit games (25) in a single season.
The national search for a new head coach will begin immediately.