Hubble Joins Illini Softball Coaching Staff

Jimmy Hubble joins the Illini softball coaching staff as an assistant coach after spending the last two season at Baylor University.
Jimmy Hubble joins the Illini softball coaching staff as an assistant coach after spending the last two season at Baylor University.

July 24, 2007

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois softball head coach Terri Sullivan announced Tuesday the hiring of Jimmy Hubble as an assistant coach. Hubble joins the Illini staff after two seasons as a volunteer assistant at Baylor University, where he was an integral part of Baylor's first Women's College World Series appearance in program history.

"Everyone involved with the Illinois softball program is very excited about Jimmy Hubble joining our staff," Sullivan said. "He clearly has a vast knowledge of the game and the ability to teach and communicate that knowledge to student-athletes, and those two factors immediately piqued our interest in him."

Hubble played a key role in developing one of the top defenses in the nation, working with an infield that featured two 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.

In addition to eight years of coaching experience, the Poughkeepsie, N.Y. native has played seven years of fastpitch softball and also played baseball for two years at Central Florida Community College.

"Beyond his qualifications, Jimmy also is extremely passionate about softball and winning championships," Sullivan said. "Along with (associate head coach) Donna DiBiase, Jimmy is most importantly going to be an outstanding mentor to our players because he cares about the academic, athletic and personal growth of each student-athlete."

An 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 University.

TRANSACTION - Jimmy Hubble named University of Illinois assistant softball coach.

Born: March 21, 1965
Hired: July 24, 2007

2002 Hastings College, B.A. Secondary Education - History
2005 Delta State University, M.E. Healthy Physical Education and Recreation

Coaching Experience
2000-02 Hastings College, Volunteer Assistant
2002 Florida International University, Volunteer Assistant
2003-05 Delta State University, Graduate Assistant
2006-07 Baylor University, Volunteer Assistant

Playing Career
1983-85 Central Florida Community College

Fastpitch Softball
1997-00 Shickley Fastpitch, Class D
2000-03 Davenport Fastpitch, Class C
2004 CBS Insurance Fastpitch, Class C