DePaul Names Tracie Adix-Zins Softball Coach
July 5, 2018
CHICAGO - Former DePaul All-American pitcher Tracie Adix-Zins returns to Lincoln Park to lead the softball program as the next head coach. Following her standout career in the circle for the Blue Demons she has served as an assistant coach at Wisconsin, Oklahoma State and North Carolina State.
"I am beyond thrilled and honored to be the new head coach at DePaul," said Adix-Zins. "It is definitely a place that I respect and owe so much to and I am so excited to help lead this new era and continue on the legacy that is DePaul softball."
In stints at Wisconsin, Oklahoma State and most recently North Carolina State, Adix-Zins served as an assistant coach. Adix-Zins spent four seasons as the pitching coach at Wisconsin from 2010-14 and helped the Badgers compile a 144-75 record during her tenure in Madison. Among the highlights during her time at Wisconsin was the program's first Big 10 Tournament title in 2013 and first NCAA Regional appearance since 2005.
Wisconsin's pitching staff finished the 2013 season with an earned run average of 1.96, the fourth-best in school history and best since 2002. That campaign was a memorable one for the pitchers, as the staff threw three no-hitters - the most in a single season for the program and first no-hitter in the last 12 seasons.
She spent one season at Oklahoma State and led a young pitching staff composed of underclassmen to throw seven complete game shutouts and finish the year with the second-fewest walks in the Big 12 Conference.
Over the last three seasons at NC State she handled the Wolfpack pitching staff. In her first year with NC State, Wolfpack pitchers struck out the sixth-most batters in the league with 263. In her second season she guided freshman Peyton Silverman to All-ACC Freshman Team honors after she threw 24 complete games, the most of any pitcher in the league, and collected 13 wins.
"Tracie's reputation as a coach and student-athlete speak volumes about her preparedness to take over DePaul's storied softball program," said athletics director Jean Lenti Ponsetto. "It's been terrific to watch her challenge herself to grow and learn the profession by diversifying her coaching skills. Her journey through the Big 10, the ACC and Big 12 along with her playing experience as an All-American in the BIG EAST and Conference USA have given her a lot of experience coaching against the best softball programs in the country. We're looking forward to Tracie's leadership as she begins her legacy as DePaul head softball coach."
As a player, Adix-Zins led DePaul to the 2007 Women's College World Series with a 22-4 record as a senior, highlighted by a perfect 10-0 mark against BIG EAST opponents. She threw 11 scoreless innings in the Norman (Okla.) NCAA Super Regional and earned the win in both games to upset the fourth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners on their home field.
In addition to her stellar record in the circle, she finished the 2007 season with a 0.89 ERA - the fifth-best among Division I pitchers. She threw 10 complete game shutouts and struck out 168 batters en route to earning BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year and a second team NFCA All-American honors in her final year with the Blue Demons.
The Edmonds, Wash., native earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from DePaul and a Master of Science degree in sports pedagogy from South Dakota State. While completing her graduate degree she was a graduate assistant coach at South Dakota State.
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