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From starting the UT Tyler softball program in 2005 to leading it to the NCAA Division III National Championship in 2016, head coach Mike Reed has guided the program to a 469-103 record and nine NCAA DIII tournament appearances.
Reed, who is 574-134 in his head coaching career, led the Patriots to the 2016 National Championship to secure the program's first national title after guiding the team to the national runner-up finish in 2015. After the runner-up finish the year before, the Patriots dominated in Salem, Virginia at the national championship by outscoring their opponents 30-1 and securing the title with a 7-0 win over Messiah in the finals. The national championship comes after Reed has led the program to four American Southwest Conference Championships and to the College World Series five times.
The 2015 was another historic season for the Patriots and Coach Reed, as the team won the second-most games in NCAA Div. III history going 50-5. The Patriots reached the National Championship series for the first time in program history, falling to Tufts in two games.
Coach Reed also reached another historic milestone on the year, winning his 500th career game on April 3 in a 7-2 win over Texas-Dallas. Under coach Reed, the Patriots are an astounding 469-103 overall, while Reed has now compiled an eye-popping 574-134 record. Reed's all-time win-percentage ranks in the Top 10 all-time among all NCAA softball coaches, regardless of division.
Three players, K.K. Stevens (1), Kelsie Batten (2) and Vanessa Carrizales (3) were named NFCA All-Americans, with Batten becoming the first three-time All-American in UT Tyler softball history. Six players were named NFCA All-Region, including Stevens, Batten, Carrizales, Raven Rodriguez, Lexi Ackroyd and Jackie Mendez.
For the year, UT Tyler ranked eigth in the nation in team batting (.370 average) while the pitching staff ranked third in the country, boasting a 1.11 Team ERA. The Patriots set new team records in runs scored (428), team average (.371), hits (542), doubles (114), most strikeouts per seven innings by pitchers (5.90), most wins (50) and most shutouts with 24 among others.
Coach Reed and his staff were once again named the NFCA West Region Coaching Staff of the Year and the ASC Coaching Staff of the Year for the 2015 season.
2014 was another historic season for Coach Reed, the only head coach in program history.
The Patriots finished No. 8 in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Top-25 Poll, finishing with a 41-6 record and an American Southwest Conference Regular Season and Tournament championship.
Two players, Lauren Robenalt (1) and Kelsie Batten (2) were named NFCA All-Americans, while five were named NFCA All-Region.
Coach Reed and his staff were named the ASC Coaching Staff of the Year for the third time in program history, while 10 Patriots were named All-ASC.
2013 was a record-breaking season for the Patriots, setting a new program record for wins in a season with 47 while only losing six games. The Patriots went 23-1 in the American Southwest Conference, winning the East Division for the third time in program history. Even though UT Tyler fell short in the ASC Championship tournament, the Patriots still went on to win their third NCAA Regional Championship, defeating East Texas Baptist in a classic 7-6 game.
During the season, Coach Reed picked up his 400th career win and 300th win while at UT Tyler. The Patriots finished the year as the No. 3 ranked team in the nation, after finishing fourth at the NCAA DIII World Series. UT Tyler was one of the top offensive teams in the country, finishing with team batting average of .352. UT Tyler also was one of the top defensive teams in the nation, ranking 14th in team ERA (1.65) and 20th in fielding percentage at .968.
Reed helped coach three All-Americans, Joey Cronin, Kelsie Batten and Heather Abshire. Cronin and Batten were also All-Region and named ASC East Division Hitter and Pitcher of the Year.
The 2012 season was another successful one for Reed and the Patriots, as they advanced, yet again, to the NCAA Regionals, where they rolled all the way to the regional championship game, before falling to eventual National Champion Pacific Lutheran. The Patriots finished the year with a 39-9 overall record. Katelyn Thomason and Joey Cronin were each named All-Americans, with Thomason earning second team honors on the NFCA team and Cronin receiving second team on the Capitol One team.
In 2011, the Patriots posted a 40-13 overall record on their way to their second NCAA West Region Championship and their second trip to the NCAA DIII Women's College World Series, where they finished 3rd.
The Patriots have achieved a No. 1 national ranking twice, during three different seasons, in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) poll.
Reed has built a program that excels on the diamond and off, with 55 players making ASC All-Division teams, 50 players named to ASC All-Academic teams and 29 players earning Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-West Region recognition. The program has also produced seven All-Americans. Reed has led the program to an impressive 282-81 mark since their inaugural season in 2005, making five straight NCAA Regional appearances and guiding the Patriots to two NCAA DIII Women's College World Series in 2009 where they finished fifth and 2011 where they finished 3rd. In addition, the Patriots are 8-1 against Division I schools and also 7-1 against NAIA schools – both scholarship programs.
Reed came to UT Tyler in 2004 from East Texas Baptist University, where he coached the Tigers to the ASC Championship in all three years and left as the all-time leader in career wins at 105-31 (.772). He was twice named ASC East Coach of the Year for his efforts, which twice saw his teams advance to the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2002 and 2003.
The Clarksville, Texas, native earned his masters of education at UT Tyler, also holding his bachelor’s degree in business administration from ETBU. His standout playing career for the ETBU baseball team was highlighted by a no-hitter, while his name is still scattered in the record books in several statistical categories.
Reed and his wife Amanda three children: Garrett, Gavin and Rylee Paige.
Michael Reed: Year-by-Year
|2001||ETBU||37||10||ASC Champions; NCCAA Regional Champions
NCCAA National Tourney, 2nd Place
|2002||ETBU||38||8||ASC Champions; NCAA Regional Finals
NFCA Final #12 Ranking
|2003||ETBU||30||13||ASC Champions; NCAA Regional Qualifier|
|2004||UT Tyler||--||--||Recruiting/Program Development|
|2005||UT Tyler||27||11||ASC East, 2nd Place (T)|
|2006||UT Tyler||26||10||ASC East, 2nd Place|
|2007||UT Tyler||30||10||ASC East, 4th Place|
|2008||UT Tyler||43||9||ASC East, 2nd Place; NCAA Regional Qualifier
NFCA Final #11 Ranking
|2009||UT Tyler||39||10||ASC Champions; NCAA West Region Champions
NCAA World Series - 5th Place; NFCA Final #7 Ranking
|2010||UT Tyler||38||9||ASC East Champions; NCAA Regional Qualifier
NFCA Final #10 Ranking
NCAA West Region Champions; NCAA World Series-
ASC East Champions; ASC Champions; NCAA West Regional Runner -Up
|2013||UT Tyler||47||6||ASC East Champions; ASC Runners-Up; NCAA West Regional Champions
NCAA World Series- 4th Place
ASC Champions; NCAA West Regional; NFCA Final #8 Ranking
NCAA World Series Runner-Up; NCAA West Regional Champions; ASC Regular-Season Champions; ASC Tournament Champions; NFCA Final #2 Ranking
NCAA Division III National Champions; NCAA Super Regional Champions; NCAA Regional Champions; ASC Regular-Season Champions