COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M softball head coach Jo Evans announced today the hiring of Terry Schweikert as the team’s Director of Softball Operations.
"We are excited to welcome Terry Schweikert to our staff,” Evans said. “I have known Terry for years and her work ethic, integrity, high energy, and strength of character make her a great fit at Texas A&M. Terry has been around the game of softball her whole life and has been a part of some of the best softball programs in the country. She understands what it takes to run a highly competitive program and I have no doubt she will make a great contribution to our program, as well as our university. Terry will be a great addition to our staff."
Schweikert replaces former Director of Softball Operations Stephen Grove, who has taken the position of Administrative Coordinator in the biomedical engineering department at the Dwight Look College of Engineering at A&M. As Director of Softball Operations, Schweikert will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the softball program including administrative duties involving team travel, budget, marketing and promotions, on-campus recruiting and alumni relations.
The former Missouri softball standout joins the team from Corona, Calif., where she was the Director of Teamsmith, a travel softball organization. At Teamsmith, Schweikert oversaw eight youth softball teams in the 10U-18U divisions.
Before joining Teamsmith in September of 2005, Schweikert was co-head coach of the New York Juggernaut professional softball team for one year. She was an assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton from August 2001-May 2005 after a three-year stint as an assistant with the University of Nebraska starting in 1998.
Under Schweikert’s tutelage, the Titans produced two first-team All-Americans, three pro players and one Olympian, while winning two Big West Championships and making a run to the NCAA Sweet 16. Schweikert was also a part of the 2002 and 2003 NFCA Regional Coaching Staffs of the Year.
At Nebraska, Schweikert was both the middle infield coach and the outfield coach, and took responsibility for the Cornhuskers’ short game and base running. The Huskers were the 2001 Big 12 Champions and the 2000 Big 12 Tournament Champions with Schweikert in the dugout, and appeared in two Sweet 16 rounds. The UNL coaches were named the 2001 NFCA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year.
Schweikert’s NCAA coaching career began at her alma mater in August 1996. The Mizzou alum coached the Tigers’ first first-team All-American and led the team to both the 1997 Big 12 regular season and tournament championships. Schweikert and her peers were selected as the 1997 Big 12 Staff of the Year and the 1997 Midwest Region Staff of the Year.
After graduating from MU in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Schweikert coached at Parkview High School in Springfield, Mo. (1985-1991) and at Hopkins High School in Hopkins, Minn. (1991-1996).
A two-year captain at Mizzou, Schweikert garnered All-Midwest Region honors and was the 1983-84 Missouri Softball Player of the Year. After earning Rookie of the Year status in 1981-82, she led the Tigers to the 1983 Women’s College World Series.
Schweikert was a 1990 American Softball Association (ASA) first-team All-American and was a member of the 1990 ASA Women’s Major Slow Pitch Championship team. She is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association (NFCA) and will join the Aggies immediately for the start of the 2013 campaign.
"Over the years I have competed against and watched with great admiration and respect Coach Evans, her staff and the entire Aggie softball program,” Schweikert said. “I am honored and grateful to have the opportunity to work for a university, coaching staff and program that continually builds champions on and off the field. I look forward to learning and working with one of the best coaches in our game and for an athletic department that provides all its student-athletes optimum avenues for success."
The No. 10 (RPI Final) Aggies begin the 2013 season at UCLA's Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament on Feb. 8. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.