Head Coach


Garrett Valis was named head coach of the Sam Houston State softball program on May 11, 2018, after serving four seasons as the Bearkats' top assistant coach for the program. Valis is the ninth head coach in program history. 

With the help of Valis, the Bearkats made the Southland Conference Tournament for the fifth time in the last six years in 2017.

While with Sam Houston he has handled duties as recruiting coordinator and worked directly with the Bearkat hitters. In 2018, he helped four Bearkat hitters earn postseason honors and in four years has seen 11 hitters be named all-conference.

In 2017 he tutored all-SLC infielder Tori Koerselman and helped the Kats to a .277 team batting average, a mark that ranked fourth in the league. Sam Houston finished its 2016 season ranked near the top of the league in several offensive categories including fourth in batting average (.287), fourth in hits (392) and fourth in slugging percentage (.406).

Prior to Sam Houston, Valis served as the head coach for the Austin Storm Gold Under-18 team in Austin. He coached the outfielders and assist with hitting at Texas State in 2009.

Previously Valis was an assistant coach at Concordia University from 2005 to 2008 where he was in charge of hitting and outfielders. He also was an assistant coach for the Houston Power Under-18 Gold Select team in 2003 and 2004.

"We're excited to have Garrett join the Bearkat program," Brock said. "He has been very involved in amateur softball in Texas for many years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Sam Houston State."

Valis played third base and outfield at Ranger College from 2002 through 2004.

He holds a Master’s Degree from Texas State in physical education with a specialization in exercise science. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas in Austin in 2007 where he was a kinesiology major.

Valis is a graduate of Saint Paul High School in Shiner, Texas. His twin sisters Haley and Jessica played softball at the University of Houston. Valis is married to the former Angela Shimek, also of Shiner. The couple welcomed their daughter, Harper Faye, into the world following the 2017 season.

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