Jimmy Hubble enters his first season with Illinois as an assistant coach. Hubble will work primarily with infielders, focusing on the defensive aspect of the game, in addition to other coaching duties.
Before coming to Illinois, Hubble spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant at Baylor University, where he was an integral part of the program's first Women's College World Series appearance. The Poughkeepsie, N.Y. native played a key role in developing one of the nation's top defenses, working with an infield that featured two 2007 National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Americans. After leading the Bears to the Big 12 Conference regular season title, the Baylor coaching staff was recognized as the 2007 NFCA Division I Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
Prior to assisting at Baylor, Hubble gained coaching experience at three different programs, including a two-year graduate assistantship at Delta State University and volunteer assistant positions at Florida International and Hastings College.
In addition to eight years of coaching experience, Hubble played seven years of fastpitch softball and two years of baseball at Central Florida Community College.
A Petty Officer in the United States Navy for four years, Hubble earned his bachelor degree in secondary education from Hastings college before earning a master's degree in health physical education and recreation from Delta State.
"Jimmy is an outstanding mentor to our players because he cares about the academic, athletic and personal growth of each student-athlete. In addition to his vast knowledge of the game and ability to commmmunicate that knowledge to student athletes, Jimmy is extremely passionate about softball and winning championships," head coach Terri Sullivan said.