Christy Gipson is entering her fifth season as the pitching coach for the Patriots softball program. She initially joined the Patriots in 2007 and
was part of the 2009 NFCA West Region Coach Staff of the Year which led UT
Tyler to an NCAA West Region title and a solid run in the National
Championships, making her extremely familiar coaching pitchers on a nationally-competitive
level. In 2011, she helped the Patriots reach their second NCAA DIII Women's College Series, where they finished 3rd.
Gipson , a
former pitcher and shortstop, works primarily with pitchers and middle
playing career, Gipson was one of the most dominant softball players ever to
play in the American Southwest Conference. Gipson was recruited to East Texas
Baptist by Reed before he left ETBU to come to UT Tyler. Gipson was a two-time ASC Player of the Year
and a First Team All-ASC and All-Academic every year of her career. She
was also a four-year honoree on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association
All-West Region Team, as well as a two-time NFCA All-American.
Gipson finished her career as ETBU's all-time leader in hits, at-bats, runs, doubles,
triples, and batting average. In 2006, she received an award from the
NCAA for being the toughest player to strike out in the nation. In her
151 plate appearances that year, she batted .404 with 47 runs scored, and did
not strike out a single time.
achievements extended into the classroom as well, garnering numerous accolades while at ETBU. In addition to her
All-Academic awards and five appearances on the Dean's List with honors, she
was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America first team in the
spring of 2007. Gipson holds degrees from ETBU in University Studies and
from UT Tyler in nursing.
Gipson currently serves as a full-time instructor in the UT Tyler Nursing Department.