The 2013 season marks Jennifer McFalls' third year serving as an assistant on head coach Connie Clark's staff. A former USA Softball standout and Olympian, McFalls serves as the Longhorns' defensive coach.
A year ago, McFalls helped the Longhorns to their third NCAA Super Regional appearance and to within one game of the Women's College World Series. McFalls shaped a defense that posted a .968 fielding percentage, the second best the program has had in the last four years. The 1,199 putouts during the campaign were the second most by the team since the start of the 2007 season.
In her first season on the Forty Acres, McFalls guided UT to a 46-10 record and a trip to its seventh-straight NCAA Regional appearance. She helped Texas to a school-record .980 fielding percentage, a mark that was the best in the Big 12 Conference and third in the NCAA.
McFalls joined the Texas staff after spending the previous five seasons as the head coach and assistant athletics director at Midlothian High School in Midlothian, Texas. During her tenure at MHS she posted a 139-48 record and led her team to five-straight playoff appearances.
In addition to her duties at Midlothian, McFalls has been active with USA Softball, serving on the USA Softball selection committee from 2005-10. She recently served as assistant coach for Team USA at the 2010 Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship where she coached current Longhorn Blaire Luna.
Prior to her time at Midlothian, McFalls was head softball coach and assistant athletics director at the Hockaday School in Dallas from 2003-05. In 2002 and 2003, she was the fastpitch softball academy director at Power Alley in Grand Prairie, Texas.
McFalls has had two previous stints as a collegiate assistant coach, serving one season at the University of Oklahoma in 1997-98 and three seasons at Texas A&M University from 1995-97. Following her tenure at OU, she spent five years working in softball clinics, television, personal training and motivational speaking.
As a player, McFalls won a gold medal as a member of Team USA at the 2000 Olympics where she scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning in USA's 2-1 victory over Japan in the gold medal game. She also scored the only run in USA's 1-0 win against Australia to send the Americans to the gold medal game. McFalls was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1994-2000, helping her teams to a gold medal in the 1999 Pan American Games and a gold medal at the 1998 World Championships.
McFalls played collegiately for Texas A&M where she earned first-team All-America honors as a shortstop in 1993 and led the Aggies in batting average, hits, total bases and slugging percentage in all four seasons of her career. In 1994 she was named the school's Female Athlete of the Year and in 2001 she was inducted into the Texas A&M Hall of Fame. McFalls graduated from A&M in 1997 with a degree in kinesiology.