Sam Houston State - Softball

Coaching Staff

Katy Adair
Assistant Coach

Katy Adair is in her fourth season as an assistant coach with the Sam Houston State softball program and specializes as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.

In her four seasons, Adair has made major strides with the Bearkat pitching staff as SHSU won the Southland Conference regular-season and tournament championships in 2019. With the help of Adair, SHSU made the SLC tournament each of her first four seasons.

Bringing out the best from her pitchers, she coached 2019 SLC Player and Pitcher of the Year Lindsey McLeod, who was also a first-team all-conference selection, the SLC tournament’s Most Valuable Player and named to the 2019 National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Central Region third team.

She previously served as a graduate assistant at Belhaven University in Jackson, Miss.

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 in 2014. 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 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.

Tori Rivera
Assistant Coach

Sam Houston State alumna Tori Rivera joined the staff as an assistant coach in August 2018.

Rivera serves as the hitting coach, instructs the Bearkat outfield and coordinates team travel. Rivera assisted the Bearkats in winning the 2019 Southland Conference regular-season and tournament championships by coaching a first-team all-conference outfielder and five all-conference hitters.

Formerly Tori Benavidez, Rivera coached alongside previous head coach Bob Brock and Valis from 2014 to 2015. She was responsible for conducting outfield workouts and assisting left-handed hitters and slappers.

Rivera returned to SHSU after serving as the head softball coach and physical education instructor at North Zulch High School, where she led the Bulldogs to a playoff run.

Rivera coached the Texas Travelers travel ball club and also served as a baseball instructor and RBI softball coach for the Texas Rangers Baseball Club and helped with instruction in the beginning stages of the Urban Youth Academy.

Rivera completed her career as a Bearkat outfielder as Sam Houston’s second all-time leading hitter with a four-year .358 batting average.

The standout started in centerfield from 2010 to 2013 and was named the Southland Conference Softball Student-Athlete of the Year following her senior season.

Rivera also earned 2013 Southland Conference Player of the Year and Hitter of the Year honors after leading the league in runs scored (51), total hits (52), total bases (117) and stolen bases (22) while taking second in batting average (.406) and at-bats (202).

The first-team all-conference selection earned all-tournament laurels after leading the Bearkats to the championship game of the 2013 Southland tournament and was named to the NCAA Central All-Region Team.

A native of Midlothian, Texas, Rivera graduated cum laude with a 3.50 GPA in general business with a minor in kinesiology and entrepreneurship and was the first Southland Conference softball Student-Athlete of the Year from SHSU. She obtained her master’s degree in sports management in 2014 with a 4.0 GPA from SHSU.

Rivera married her husband, Stevyn, in 2015 and the two welcomed their daughter, Spencer, in 2018.



Robinson enters her first season with the SHSU softball team. As a volunteer assistant, Robinson will instruct the Bearkat catchers as well as the hitters and infielders.

Robinson comes to SHSU after serving as a graduate assistant at Angelo State University during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Before graduating with a Master’s degree in Coaching, Sport, Recreation and Fitness Administration in 2018, she helped coach the Rambelles to a second-place finish at the 2017 DII National Championship Tournament, a 2018 DII National Tournament appearance and was a part of the 2017 and 2018 Regional Coaching Staff of the Year.

A former Rambelle herself, Robinson was a four-year starter on the ASU softball team from 2013-2016. She left the program with a .286 career batting average and .955 career fielding percentage over 177 games. She graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science.

A native of Hitchcock, Texas, she was a two-time state champion at O’Connell College Preparatory High School and was named to the O’Connell Sports Hall of Fame for her efforts in softball and basketball.


Bob Biles
Director of Softball Operations