Garrett Valis is in his fifth year with Sam Houston State softball and works specifically with the program's hitters and infielders.
With the help of Valis, the Bearkats made the Southland Conference Tournament for the fourth time in the last five years in 2016.
Sam Houston finished its 2016 season ranked near the top of the league in several offensive categories including fourth in batting average (.287), fourth in hits (392) and fourth in slugging percentage (.406).
Prior to Sam Houston, Valis served as the head coach for the Austin Storm Gold Under-18 team in Austin. He was coached the outfielders and assist with hitting at Texas State in 2009.
Previously Valis was an assistant coach at Concordia University from 2005 to 2008 where he was in charge of hitting and outfielders. He also was an assistant coach for the Houston Power Under-18 Gold Select team in 2003 and 2004.
"We're excited to have Garrett join the Bearkat program," Brock said. "He has been very involved in amateur softball in Texas for many years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Sam Houston State."
Valis played third base and outfield at Ranger College from 2002 through 2004.
He holds a Master’s Degree from Texas State in physical education with a specialization in exercise science. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas in Austin in 2007 where he was a kinesiology major.
Valis is a graduate of Saint Paul High School in Shiner, Texas. His twin sisters Haley and Jessica played softball at the University of Houston. Valis is married to the former Angela Shimek, also of Shiner.
Katy Adair enters her fourth season as assistant coach with the Sam Houston State softball program and works with the program's pitchers and recruiting.
With the help of Adair, Sam Houston made the Southland Conference Tournament for the fourth time in five years during 2016. The team rallied to finish Southland play with 11 wins in 18 games.
She previously served as a graduate assistant at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi.
A 2014 graduate of Belhaven with a bachelor’s degree in sports administration, Adair tutored a pitching staff that compiled a 2.94 team earned run average on the way to a 31-23 season last spring. One of her pitchers earned All-Region honors.
A two-year letter-winner in the circle for the Green and Gold, Adair compiled a 24-12 career record with a 2.88 ERA. She hit .315, finishing with 95 hits and 55 RBIs. She led the pitching staff in appearances and innings pitched while chalking up a 15-7 record and a 2.51 ERA as a junior in 2013. She finished the 2014 season with a 9-5 mark and a 3.50 ERA in 20 games. At the plate, she hit .353 with 54 total hits, 13 doubles and one triple.
Adair played at Magnolia High School in Magnolia, where she lettered in each of her four years. She was named as an All-District selection each year, while also being named to the Montgomery Country first team and the All State first team. Additionally, she was named to the first team Greater Houston and received a Defensive Player of the Year award.
She spent two years at Galveston College, where she was an All-Conference selection in 2012.