Tobin Echo-Hawk enters her first season as head coach at UTEP after spending five seasons as head coach at Portland State.
She was announced as the head coach of the program on June 20, 2013.
"I would like to thank Director of Athletics Bob Stull for this exciting opportunity," Echo-Hawk said. "I am looking forward to becoming a part of the UTEP family and the wonderful community of El Paso. I feel like this is a tremendous opportunity to build a successful program that will compete not only in Conference USA but on the national level as well."
Echo-Hawk brings a wealth of success as a head coach. In just five seasons at the helm, she led the Vikings to four conference titles and four NCAA Regional appearances and was named league coach of the year five times (Pacific Coast Softball Conference 2009-12, Big Sky 2013). She compiled an overall record of 146-127 including 78-20 in conference play.
Under her tutelage eight players garnered Conference Player or Pitcher of the Year accolades. She mentored 37 All-Conference Players and had six players earn placement on the NFCA All-Pacific Region team and 46 merited Conference Player or Pitcher of the Week recognition. Echo-Hawk's student-athletes excelled in the classroom as well, with one appointed to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team and 41 selections to the PCSC Commissioner's Honor Roll.
In 2009 she led Portland State to a 29-26 mark, including 15-5 in the PCSC. Her 2010 squad was 30-27 overall and 18-2 in league play. The 2011 squad fashioned a 34-18 mark (16-4 conference). The Vikings were 28-25 in 2012 with a 15-5 league ledger. Portland State capped the 2013 campaign with a 25-31 record as the Vikings rolled through the Big Sky Conference, winning 14-18 conference games.
She recorded her first NCAA Tournament win as a coach on May 18, 2012, as Portland State topped Mississippi State, 2-0, in Eugene, Ore.
The University of Nebraska graduate enjoyed a stellar four-year career from 1993-1996 as a third baseman. She was a four-time All-Big XII Conference selection, a three-time All-Midwest Region performer (94-96) and was a second team All-American as a junior and senior. She set single-season marks for batting average (.439), doubles (22), runs scored (66) and assists (170). Echo-Hawk also graduated as Nebraska's all-time leader in hits (226) and doubles (48).
The Louisville, Colo. native served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Portland State from 2006-08 prior to being elevated to head coach. She previously was a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater from 1996-97 before taking reins of the softball programs at Centaurus High School in Lafayette, Colo. (1999-2002) and Broomfield High School in Broomfield, Colo. (2003-06).