Aug. 8, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- University of New Mexico head softball coach Ty Singleton and members of the 2007 softball team addressed the media Tuesday afternoon at Lobo Field. UNM Director of Athletics Paul Krebs made an opening statement to introduce Singleton, who was recently hired as the third head coach in program. The events were held on the field with Singleton fielding questions from the local media.
The Lobos enter a new era under Singleton and his coaching staff. UNM returns 11 players from last season and welcomes seven newcomers. Singleton takes over the UNM program and brings a new found excitement along with a strong winning tradition. In his career, Singleton has taken two programs to the NCAA Tournament. In six years as a head coach, he has made the NCAA Tournament four times.
New Mexico Director of Athletics
"We are extremely excited to have Ty join our athletics family. He is an outstanding coach and his track record speaks for itself. This is an exciting time here at UNM because Ty, myself and our staff share the same vision about where we think this program can go. We are confident in his ability to build a program and we feel he can take it to an elite and national level."
Head Softball Coach
On the opportunity to coach here at UNM:
"There were many reasons for choosing the University of New Mexico. Professionally, the commitment that Paul and the athletic department have made to softball allows us to compete nationally. That has always been a personal goal for me because I want to win conference championships and go to the World Series. That's our goal and I believe with the facility, the ability to bring my staff here, the work ethic of the team and the support of the people in Albuquerque, this is a great opportunity."
On getting the softball team to compete on the national scene:
"It's going to be a process. The first step is everyone getting to know each other. What I've heard about their work ethic, I'm very excited about. What I know of their tools, I'm still learning about. Our goal is to be the best that we can be and learn from each experience. I see myself as a teacher and I want to see us learning everyday. The bottom line comes down to asking for the best everyday from the players and coaches. Whatever our potential is will conspire on the field."
On coming from the Big 12:
"The Mountain West Conference is a very good, competitive conference. I see a lot of potential in every school within the conference. I also believe to be the best you have to play the best. One advantage to New Mexico is that we are right between two of the best conferences in the country the Pacific 10 and the Big 12. We want to prepare ourselves to go play against these guys. If we want to go to the World Series, we need to be ready to face Arizona, Texas or an Oklahoma. With the climate here in New Mexico and the support of the athletic department we have everything we need to train and prepare to take on teams like that."
On the facility of Lobo Field:
"This facility, training wise, allows us to be successful. As far as glamour and look, it's going to be some of the fan friendly pieces I think will be in the steps ahead. In regards to training, the indoor and outdoor cages along with the bullpens, locker rooms and coaches offices allows us to really train efficiently"
On recruiting in the New Mexico area:
"We want to bring in New Mexico athletes. We are going to recruit New Mexico, then go out from there. We will look at surrounding states, but we want to build a top-20 program. To a competitive program, you need a specific type of athlete. We want athletes that have great swings and arm strength. We also want to recruit athletes who can play multiple positions and who are aggressive either at the plate or on the bases."
Senior Liz Young
Current UNM Student-Athlete
On having a new coach:
"We have lacked tradition here at UNM. One of the best things about this is its not my senior year or its not some new freshman's year, its everyones new year. We are here to start a new tradition because we want this program to be well known."
On last season and the coaching staff:
"Our previous coaches did the best they could. They did their best with the talent they had and just like they would support us leaving. We support them in their decisions. Its time for a new beginning and we are looking forward to coach Singleton and his staff."
On what the players expect out of a new coach:
"We really just want someone who is willing to work hard for us. I know every girl on this team is willing to work hard for him. It seems like he is here for us and to make this a successful program."