Aug. 3, 2006
University of New Mexico director of athletics Paul Krebs today announced that Ty Singleton has been named the school's head softball coach. Singleton spent the past four seasons as the head coach at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He replaces Kim Newbern, who resigned her position July 19 after four seasons at UNM.
Singleton, 36, posted a 130-88 overall record in four seasons (2003-06) at Missouri, including three straight trips to the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers finished lower than fifth place just once in the highly-competitive Big 12 Conference. In the five seasons before Singleton's arrival, the Tigers advanced to the NCAA Tournament just once and never finished higher than fifth place in the league standings.
Singleton was named Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2003, leading the Tigers to a 31-20 record. Missouri posted a third-place finish (12-5) in conference play, including wins over Big 12 stalwarts Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska.
"Ty's credentials are impeccable," said Krebs. "He's been coach of the year in one of the top softball conferences in the country. He's had outstanding success. This is a huge hire for UNM. He and I share a common vision for Lobo softball and that's to be a top-25 program."
Missouri went 29-26 in 2004, recording 10 victories over ranked teams Arizona State, Baylor, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Texas A&M. The Tigers finished third in the league and advanced to the title game of the Big 12 Tournament for the first time since 1997.
The Tigers were an impressive 44-15 in 2005, capturing four tournament titles before starting Big 12 competition. Missouri became the first team in league history to lose its first game of the conference tournament, only to work its way back into the championship game.
"First and foremost, Paul Krebs and his vision of New Mexico athletics, really aligns with what I want to do with the softball program," said Singleton "The level of excellence that he is committed to really fires me up.
"For me, the decision to come to UNM was easy. It's about my family and my personal aspirations. It will allow me to have a more consistent schedule because of the weather and the improving facilities. We can practice during the day, play more home games in February and March, and I can say goodnight to my boys. Professionally, I'm excited about the commitment that has been made to New Mexico softball. I really believe my goals of building a program that can win conference championships as well as go to the World Series can happen at UNM."
Singleton's overall head coaching mark stands at 205-133, including a 75-45 record in two seasons (2001-02) at Northwestern (La.) State. The Demons won a school-record 45 games in 2002, advancing to the NCAA Tournament after winning the Southland Conference Tournament championship.
Singleton's teams have also succeeded in the classroom. Missouri's team grade-point average increased from a 2.30 in 2002 to 3.33 in the fall of 2005. In 2004, eight Tigers earned GPA's of 3.0 or higher and five were named to the Dean's List. At Northwestern State, the team GPA was 2.20 before Singleton started, but climbed above a 3.21 under his watch.
"The thing that New Mexico has is a growing athletics department," said Singleton. "I think the people of Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico, plus the support of the state government provides UNM the potential to compete with schools that have the big bucks in the bigger conferences.
"It's difficult to leave a group of athletes that you have recruited, that you care about as people. My hope is that the University of Missouri will have a smooth transition. I will miss my team as well as many people at the University."
Singleton began his coaching career in 1996 as an assistant at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif. The Cougars went 98-25 in his two seasons, winning a pair of Golden State Athletic Conference titles and claiming two fifth-place finishes at the NAIA national tournament.
Singleton spent the next three seasons (1998-2000) as an assistant coach at the University of Texas, including the final two years as head coach Connie Clark's top aide. The Longhorns were 124-60-1 during that span, advancing to the NCAA College World Series in 1998 and winning the Big 12 Tournament title in 1999. UT also qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2000.
All told, Singleton has spent 11 seasons in collegiate coaching and his teams have been in postseason competition nine times.
A native of Vancouver, Wash., Singleton received his bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Portland in 1992. He also played baseball for the Pilots for two seasons. Singleton received his master's degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, Calif.) in 1996.
Singleton and his wife Kristin (pronounced like Christine), have two sons, Riley Scott, 5, and Zachary Tyler, who will be 2 on Sept. 19.