Marla Pinkston begins her first season as an assistant coach with the Lady Tiger Softball program. She will handle the instruction of the pitchers as well as assist with camps and recruiting.
Pinkston joins the Lady Tigers after a successful pitching career at Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La. A four-year letterwinner for the Lady Techsters, Pinkston was 16-18 as a senior and tallied a 1.84 ERA. She also registered 145 strikeouts and threw four shutouts in 2004. Pinkston played for the Lady Techsters from 2000-04. She redshirted in 2002 after sustaining a season-ending ankle injury.
In her five years at Tech, Pinkston placed her name in the school record book in several categories. She ranks fourth all-time in strikeouts with 519 and in innings pitched with 703. She also ranks seventh all-time in wins with 49. She was the team's captain for three seasons.
A native of Forney, Texas, Pinkston graduated from Tech with a bachelor's degree in educational services in 2004. She recently assisted in pitching instruction at LSU's summer camp, and has provided hitting and pitching instruction in Forney, Texas from 1996-2002.