Tom Royder

Tom Royder

Player Profile

Assistant Coach

Third Year

Alma Mater:
Texas A&M, 1976

Tom Royder enters his third season with the New Mexico softball program. Royder has nine years coaching experience in the Pac-10, Southland, Big XII and Mountain West conferences. He returns as one of the top pitching coaches in the country and will serve as the director of Lobo softball camps.

Royder joins the UNM program after spending the previous four seasons as the pitching coach at the University of Missouri under current Lobo head coach Ty Singleton. Under Royder's guidance the Tigers broke numerous school records including the single-season strikeout record in 2004. During his tenure the Tigers posted 130 wins and averaged 32.5 wins per season, advancing to three NCAA regionals.

Prior to coaching at Mizzou, Royder helped lead Northwestern State to the NCAA regionals after winning the Southland tournament in 2001. While with the Demons, Royder served as an assistant coach along with being a career counselor and course instructor at NSU.

Royder broke into the Division I coaching ranks in 2000 with the Oregon Ducks and quickly helped guide them to a regional appearance. Royder held the position of pitching and catching coach for a season.

Royder began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant from 1995-99 at South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard, Wash. He also served as an assistant coach at Olympic College in Bremerton, Wash., from 1997-99.

Royder enjoyed an extensive playing career that continued 29 years and brought him lifelong friendships. He started his career playing baseball and quickly made the adjustment to fastpitch softball as a teenager in the 1960's. Royder's first fastpitch softball action came in the Houston industrial league playing as a pick-up with the fathers of his Baytown baseball friends. His love for fastpitch was instant and has continued as a life passion.

During his career, Royder took part in 15 Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and International Softball Congress (ISC) national tournaments, was part of two ASA National Championships and was named a two-time ASA All-American.

A native of Baytown, Texas, Royder received his bachelor of science degree in psychology from Texas A&M in 1976. He earned his master's degree in vocational rehabilitation from the University of Texas in 1979.