Ty Singleton enters his fourth year as the head coach of the New Mexico softball program. Singleton took over the position and became the third head coach in school history on August 3, 2006. In nine seasons as a head coach, Singleton has guided his programs to four NCAA Tournaments. Singleton heads the UNM staff after spending four seasons as the head coach at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Singleton's vision for the New Mexico softball program is to grow and become one of the top programs in the country athletically and academically. He knows the Lobos have to play Top-20 competition to become a Top-20 program, and New Mexico's 2010 schedule reflects that. In addition to the home conference schedule, Singleton has brought in NCAA Tournament contenders Baylor and Arizona for homestands at Lobo Field in 2010. UNM is creating an exciting Division I atmosphere for fans where former athletes are always welcome. Lobo softball will be aggressive in every aspect of the game.
In three seasons at UNM, Singleton has a 58-86 record and has continued to rebuild the program. The Lobos finished 13-35 in 2009, but the 2010 roster is loaded with talented newcomers who are expected to make an immediate impact. UNM was 25-26 in 2008 and had their best season since 2004. Under Singleton's watch, the Lobos contended for a MWC title in 2007.
In 2007, Singleton led UNM to a 20-25 mark and finished 9-11 in the Mountain West Conference. The Lobos adopted Singleton's aggressive style of play and it resulted in their most conference victories since 2002. His energy and excitement resulted in a successful first season and numerous accomplishments. Sophomore Analise Rubalcava was named All-MWC after hitting .393 for the season. The Lobos have excelled in the classroom under Singleton's watch, having 18 student-athletes named Academic All-MWC and six selected as Scholar-Athletes.
Singleton, 39, 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.
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.
Singleton's overall head coaching mark stands at 263-219, 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.
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.
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. 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 12 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, 9, and Zachary, 5.