Tobin Echo-Hawk Joins Aggie Softball As Volunteer Assistant

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Tobin Echo-Hawk, the longtime Division I softball head coach with stints at Portland State and UTEP, is joining NM State as a volunteer assistant coach.

Aggie softball head coach Kathy Rodolph announced her addition to the coaching staff Wednesday. Echo-Hawk joins associate head coach Cat Heifner and assistant coach Karysta Donisthorpe on staff.

Echo-Hawk has 11 seasons of head coaching experience, including 250 career victories, under her belt. She was most recently head coach of the UTEP softball program, leading the Miners for six seasons (2014-19) and advancing to the Conference USA Tournament twice.

She spent five seasons at Portland State (2009-13) prior to arriving at UTEP, leading the program to four conference titles and four NCAA Regional appearances while at the helm. The Vikings won 25-plus games in all five years of her tenure, finishing with 30-plus victories in both 2010 and 2011, and compiled an overall record of 146-127, including a 78-20 mark in conference play

In her coaching career, Echo-Hawk has mentored nine student-athletes who have garnered Player of the Year or Pitcher of the Year accolades. Under her direction, 51 student-athletes have been named All-Conference, and 10 student-athletes have earned NFCA All-Region honors.

A graduate of Nebraska, she lettered for the Huskers from 1993-96 as a third baseman. She was a four-time All-Big XII Conference selection, a three-time All-Midwest Region performer (1994-96) and a second team All-American as a junior and senior. She set single-season marks for batting average (.439), doubles (22) and runs scored (66), and she 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 was a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater from 1996-97 before leading the softball programs at Centaurus HS in Lafayette, Colo., (1999-2002) and Broomfield HS in Broomfield, Colo., (2003-06).

The Aggies begin the 2020 campaign at home, hosting the Troy Cox Invitational from Feb. 6-9. NM State plays Nebraska in the season opener, with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.