UT Permian Basin Softball will be adding plenty of leadership and experience to the bench in 2022 with the hiring of assistant coach Tony Saldivar. Saldivar, a Navy veteran, comes to the Falcons with experience across multiple levels of competitive softball, from spending time as the All-Navy Women’s Softball Head Coach to an assistant coach of a Division I conference champion.
“I am thrilled to welcome Tony to UTPB. I have known Tony for a number of years now, and know how well he recruits, connects with players, and teaches the game,” said Head Coach Tiala Tagaloa. “He has an incredible work ethic and brings a wealth of knowledge that has spanned divisions. I am excited to work with Tony and know that he will bring energy and a lot of passion for the game.”
Saldivar spent the last two seasons at McPherson College in Kansas where the Bulldogs went 24-18 in 2021 and 13-5 during the COVID shortened 2020 season. He was a part in helping coach 2021 NFCA NAIA Player of the Year Maile Deutch who hit .515 as a senior, along with eight home runs and 47 RBI.
Saldivar spent one year at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas where he helped lead the Saints to 14 wins while having two All-Red River Conference players. Prior to OLLU he spent four years at Texas Southern University as an assistant coach. While at Texas Southern, the Lady Tigers appeared in three Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) tournaments and two SWAC championships, winning one in 2017. While at Saldivar was at Texas Southern, 16 players were named First Team All-Conference, seven Second Team All-Conference, and three SWAC Pitcher of the Year awards. In 2017, the team qualified for the NCAA Regional Tournament where they faced both Texas A&M and the University of Texas Austin.
After moving to Houston in 2007, Saldivar began coaching with the TX Lite 18U Organization. While there, he helped coach the team for five years prior to joining the Impact Gold Organization in 2012 to be part of the Impact Gold 18U expansion team.
He is a retired veteran with 22 years of U.S. Navy service. During his military career, he was the head coach for the All-Navy Women’s Softball Team from 2000-03. While there, 11 U.S. Navy women moved on to represent the U.S. Armed Forces Women’s Softball team to compete against the Top 20 nationals teams in the 19/Over Open Division for the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) National Tournament.
Saldivar is a native of San Antonio, where he attended Oliver Wendell Holmes High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.