Arin Spence-Salas is perhaps the most decorated Hardin-Simmons softball player of all-time. After helping Angelo State win the 2004 national title, she transferred to HSU where she earned ASC West Player of the Year three times and helped the Cowgirls win the school’s only conference titles in 2006 and 2007.
Fast forward, five years removed from her glory days on the mound, Spence-Salas wrapped up her second season as Cooper high school's head coach. When Spence-Salas found out former HSU head coach Don Sheppard had resigned, she decided to explore the chance of landing her dream job as a collegiate coach.
Weeks later, Spence-Salas was named the third head coach in HSU school history. The first theme the Cowgirls new head coach wanted to send to all recruits and returning players was all about work ethic.
"I think I'm pretty demanding cause I know how hard I worked and how much time and effort I put into it,” says the Cowgirls first year head coach. “I expect higher of them then what they expect out of themselves at times, and that's a credit to them."
When the news broke that Coach Spence-Salas was coming back, the HSU alumni were ecstatic to have one of the best pitchers in school history to come and take over.
For the players that weren't as similar with coach's success all they had to do was look at the back of the dugout where their coaches name is listed in every individual category from “ASC player of the year” to “NCAA All-American.”
"We do respect her a lot because she knows what she's talking about,’ says freshmen Syndie Darden. “She had like every award on the back of that dugout right there."
"With her here our future is looking up,” says junior Mac Clay. “I can't say enough good things about her."
Hardin-Simmons returns from a bye week on Friday, March 29th on the road with Schreiner.