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Marla Looper Named Texas Assistant Softball Coach

AUSTIN, TEXAS -- Marla Looper, former All-America pitcher at Florida State University, has been named University of Texas softball assistant coach, as announced by UT softball head coach Connie Clark on Monday.

Looper comes to Texas from the University of Kansas where she served as assistant softball coach the last three seasons (1997-99). Looper is reunited with Clark who was an assistant coach at Florida State during Looper's playing days. She will assist Clark in working with the Longhorn pitchers and also will work with the UT outfielders.

Looper's appointment at Texas begins on September 1, 1999. While at Kansas, she helped the Jayhawks to two NCAA National Tournament appearances in 1997 and 1999. This past season, the 1999 Kansas squad went 31-30 overall and advanced to the Big 12 Conference Tournament semifinals before receiving a No. 2 regional seed at the NCAA Tournament. Kansas was one of seven (of the 10 Big 12 teams which play softball) Big 12 teams to earn a 1999 NCAA tourney berth. Bringing an extensive coaching background to Texas, Looper has been a collegiate assistant coach for four years.

Prior to her stint at Kansas, she spent the 1995-96 academic year at Iowa State as assistant coach. A 1995 graduate of FSU with a bachelor's degree in nutrition and fitness, Looper was an All-America pitching standout for the Seminoles. Playing at FSU as a junior and senior, Looper earned All-America honors as a junior in 1993 and led Florida State to two NCAA Tournament showings in 1993 and 1994, including a berth in the 1993 NCAA Women's College World Series. She gained NCAA Regional All-Tournament honors and All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors both years.

Prior to FSU, Looper attended Crowder College in Neosho, Mo. where she was selected a National Junior College All-America and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Tournament's MVP during her sophomore season while leading Crowder to a second-place finish at the 1992 national tournament.

"We are ecstatic to add Marla to our staff," stated Clark. "In watching her develop as a player and now as a collegiate coach, I can honestly say that her work ethic is second to none.Marla is in coaching for all the right reasons; she loves to teach and she does a great job at handling the different aspects of the game. She is a terrific young professional who will add a great dimension to our staff."

Looper replaces former UT assistant coach Jamie Rennie, who was a four-year assistant at UT before leaving the coaching profession this summer for family obligations. In just their third season as a varsity program, Texas Softball posted a 45-17 record in 1999 in a year which saw the Longhorns clinch their first Big 12 -30-