Becca Bliss will enter her second season as a full-time assistant coach after serving as a graduate assistant during the 2015 season. Bliss’ primary focus is to work with the outfield, as she did during her first two seasons with the Miners. 

UTEP finished the 2016 season with a 23-32 record, including a 13-11 mark in Conference USA action – the first ever winning conference record in school history. The Miners also advanced to the C-USA Tournament for the first time since the 2010 season, while rallying to defeat FIU, 5-4, on May 11 for their first postseason victory since 2009.

Seven different Miners (Ariel Blair, Kawehiokalani Netane, Kaitlin Ryder, Taylor Sargent, Lindsey Sokoloski, Morgan Rasmason and Jade Rodriguez) played in the outfield during the 2016 season. Rasmason and Rodriguez were the only returning outfielders from a year ago. The outfielders combined for 164 putouts and 15 assists. Rodriguez led the way with six assists, while Sargent led the group with 40 putouts.

Bliss was part of a coaching staff that saw the Miners set school records in multiple statistical categories. The 2016 squad finished with the best batting average (.307) in school history, most hits (451), most assists (533), most double plays turned (30) and highest fielding percentage (.962). UTEP’s slugging percentage (.476) is second best, while its 85 doubles and 699 total bases are also second most. The Miners hit 51 home runs, the fourth most in school annals and most since hitting 50 in 2007.

Bliss comes to UTEP after playing in the outfield at Portland State under the guidance of current UTEP head coach Tobin Echo-Hawk for three seasons (2011-13). Echo-Hawk was the head coach at Portland State for five seasons (2009-13).

Bliss lettered all four seasons at Portland State (2011-14), starting 181 of 193 games. Bliss hit .271 with a home run, while tallying 15 RBI. Bliss led the Vikings in stolen bases (seven), runs scored (26), at bats (133) and sac-hits (eight) during her senior season. She connected on a career-high four hits, while posting two RBI and two runs scored against North Dakota (3/29/14). Hit lone home run against BYU (2/14/14) at the 2014 Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.

In 2014, Bliss earned an All-Big Sky honorable mention, while being named to the Big Sky All-Academic team. She also was named to the 2013 All-Big Sky first team, 2013 Big Sky All-Tournament team and the 2013 Big Sky Spring All-Academic team. In 2012, Bliss was named to the PSCS Commissioner’s Honor Roll and in 2011 earned a spot on the All-PCSC Mountain Division second team. 

Bliss earned her social sciences degree from Portland State in 2014 and is currently working towards her masters in education from UTEP.

Becca Bliss

Becca  Bliss

Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Portland State '14

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