In our short history, UT Tyler Softball has become nationally recognizable for the success of the program.
In the program’s sixteen year history, the Patriots have put together a championship resume that includes:
- 2016 NCAA Division III National Championship
- 11 NCAA Tournament Berths
- 7 NCAA Regional Championships
- 7 NCAA National Tournament appearances finishing (2009 - 5th place, 2011- 3rd place, 2013- 4th place, 2015 - Runner Up , 2016 - National Champions, 2017 - 3rd place, 2018 -5th place)
Last season marked our first year in Division II and saw us finish with a 17-2 record in the shortened season. This year was a very important year in our athletic history with our first year in the Lone Star Conference. This exciting time will have us playing new opponents in new locations and creating new rivalries. Even in our short season the squad clenched 4 top wins verses nationally ranked teams, including the #1 ranked team in the nation. Our season showed us ranked in the top 5 in the country in each week's polls, landing a #2 ranking for our first Division II year.
It is because of the support we receive that allow us to compete at this high level. Since the existence of athletics at UT Tyler, the athletic program developed The Patriot Club. This is a booster organization for the athletic teams to help with their sport specifically on projects and extra experiences for the team. UT Tyler relies heavily on student fees, gate receipts, advertising revenue, and private contributions to fund the athletic program. Memberships in The Patriot Club consist of individuals, organizations, and businesses that are committed to the future of the UT Tyler Athletic program.
In the past, we have used the monetary support of our booster club to enhance the experience of our athletes in many areas. This support helps us provide the highest quality experience and safety for our team while playing and traveling. This year we have a new initiatives that we are asking for help providing the team. Our focus that we are working toward is some renovations to of our softball locker room. Our lockers are close to 13 years old and are in need of some upgrades. We would like to improve the aesthetics and functionality of our locker room space for the players. This includes all new lockers and a face lift of the entire locker room with some new graphics of previous teams, alumni and current student athletes.
With these initiatives comes an exciting opportunity to forever be a part of the growth of this program. For each gift of $1,000 or more to softball, you will be able to "sponsor" a locker and have your name forever engraved in a plaque on a locker inside our newly renovated Patriot Softball Locker Room.
We would appreciate any consideration to donate to our team, every gift of any size is appreciated and will help go toward our goal of the best environment for our student athletes!
You can designate your donation to benefit Softball or to the General Athletics Fund that benefits all programs. In so doing, you will join the the UT Tyler Patriot Club. Club members receive exclusive access to discounted merchandise, special invitation only events, and behind the scenes updates from coaches, staff, and student-athletes.
We hope to see everyone at a game this spring!
Check out the Softball roster, upcoming season schedule and more at https://uttylerpatriots.com/sports/softball.