Aug. 30, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- University of New Mexico head softball coach Ty Singleton announced the hiring of the 2006-07 coaching staff this afternoon. Singleton appointed Tom Royder and Lacey Schanz as his two assistants, while Elizabeth Economon will be the volunteer assistant and Lindsay Leftwich will be a graduate assistant.
"I'm very excited about both Tom and Lacey joining my staff," said Singleton. "They each bring a variety of experience that will prove to be very valuable to the student-athletes. Tom is an outstanding pitching coach and Lacey will be working with the catchers and handles recruiting. For us to have such continuity within the staff will prove to be beneficial."
Royder joins the Lobo softball program after spending the previous four seasons at the University of Missouri at Columbia. During his time, he served as the pitching and catching coach for the Tigers. He helped UM advance to three NCAA Tournaments in four seasons.
Prior to coaching the Tigers, Royder was an assistant at Northwestern State in 2001. He helped the Demons win the Southland Conference Tournament and set numerous school records. Before NSU, Royder spent two seasons at Oregon as an assistant. His coaching career started as a volunteer assistant from 1995-99 at South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard, Wash.
Royder is a Baytown, Texas native, who graduated in 1976 from Texas A&M with a bachelors degree in psychology. He went on to receive his masters degree in vocational rehabilitation from the University of Texas in 1979. He will be primarily working with the pitchers and catchers while assisting with other duties at UNM.
Schanz becomes a Lobo after a four-year stint as the head coach at Truman State University. During her tenure, she took the Bulldogs to their fifth-straight NCAA Division II Tournament. Prior to TSU, she served as the pitching coach at the University of Pennsylvania.
Schanz is a native of Kansas City, Mo., and played college softball at Georgia Tech from 1998-2000. She graduated cum laude from Georgia Tech in 2001 with a degree in management and a minor in information technology.
Economon and Leftwich complete the coaching staff this season. Economon will work with infielders and will be a defensive specialist. She brings a wealth of playing experience into her coaching position. She was a three-time All-American at Truman State from 2001-2004 and is currently playing shortstop on the Professional Fastpitch X-treme (PFX) Tour. Leftwich becomes the graduate assistant in charge of softball operations. Before coming to UNM, she was an assistant coach at Wichita State in 2006. She played softball at Northwestern State from 2001-2004 and was an all-conference performer.
The coaching staff will assume their responsibilities immediately under the direction of Singleton.