Arin Spence-Salas is in her third season as the Hardin-Simmons softball coach after a standout playing career.
She coached the Cowgirls back to the ASC Tournament in 2014 and she has a 34-44-1 record in her first two seasons. The Cowgirls maded significant strides from year one to year two and she has restocked the team with a talented group of young players. The 2014 team featured 12 of 15 players that were either freshmen or sophomores.
As a Cowgirl, Spence-Salas was a standout player for three seasons. She was a second-team all-American as both a junior and senior. She was a first-team all-region selection two times and a second-teamer as a sophomore at HSU.
She was three times named the ASC West Pitcher of the Year. She also pitched Angelo State to a Division II National Championship as a freshman, before transferring to HSU. She was an all-region and all-Lone Star Conference selection and was named to the Division II World Series All-Tournament team after posting a 23-5 mark in the circle.
In her three seasons at HSU, she posted a record of 62-18 in the circle with a 1.60 ERA with 500 strikeouts. She also hit .363 with 23 home runs and 112 RBIs. She ranks first all-time in every major pitching category at HSU and overall she is in the HSU top 10 in every single offensive and pitching category and holds 25 school career records and 19 season records.
She led the Cowgirls to a record of 91-37. She helped lead the Cowgirls to their only two ASC titles in 2006 and 2007 and they played in the ASC Championship game in 2005 in just the second year of the program. She also led the Cowgirls to the NCAA Tournament on two occasions. In 2006, she had a win over eventual national champion Linfield in the regional.
After her playing days, where she was a standout in the classroom earning academic All-America honors she completed her master’s in sports and recreation management and served as a graduate assistant coach for the Cowgirls. She then spent another year as a volunteer assistant with the Cowgirls.
She then spent two seasons as the head coach at Abilene Cooper High School, posting a 29-30-1 record. She helped transition the Cougars from 4A to 5A and the team had its first winning record in nearly a decade in the 2012 season.
Spence-Salas, a 2003 graduate of Abilene High, is married to former Hardin-Simmons soccer standout David Salas and they live in Abilene. They have one daughter and are expecting a son in the summer of 2014. She has both a bachelor’s degree (exercise science) and master’s degree from HSU.