Tracie Adix completed her third season as an assistant softball coach at Wisconsin in 2013.
Adix' track record of success as the Badgers' pitching coach continued in the 2013 season. Wisconsin's ace, Cassandra Darrah, was named Big Ten Tournament MVP, first team All-Big Ten and to the NCAA Tournament All-Region team, while Meghan McIntosh earned second team All-Big Ten honors.
For the first time in school history, Wisconsin recorded three no-hitters in a single season. Darrah threw the first Badger no-hitter in 12 seasons on Feb. 22, while McIntosh recorded her first no-hitter on March 10 and then repeated the feat on April 7 at Minnesota, marking the first-ever Wisconsin no-hitter against a Big Ten opponent.
The 2013 pitching staff finshed the season with a 1.96 ERA, the fourth best in school history and lowest ERA in 11 seasons. The staff's .214 opponent batting average and 15 shutouts ranked third-best in the UW record books, while its 13 wild pitches were the fewest ever at UW.
Adix aided Wisconsin pitchers to success in 2012 as Darrah was named second team All-Big Ten and Big Ten Pitcher of the Week twice.
With Adix's help, Darrah pitched all 20 innings against Iowa in the opening weekend of Big Ten play. The righty pitcher recorded three complete games, including a shutout win. Darrah also held Penn State to one run in 12 innings while recording two complete games April 21-22.
Adix also excelled in her first season. The Badgers' entire pitching staff consisted of underclassmen in 2011, yet tied a school record by yielding just 39 doubles on the year.
McIntosh saw two impressive scoreless streaks at Indiana in 2011. McIntosh's streak of scoreless innings ended at 17.2, while her streak of innings without an unearned run allowed ended at 20.2. During her scoreless streak, McIntosh struck out 21 batters and walked just three while limiting opponents to a .212 batting average. Her ERA dropped nearly a full run in a mere eight days.
Before joining the Badgers, Adix spent three seasons as pitching coach at South Dakota State after making the transition from player to coach. She joined the South Dakota State coaching staff in 2008 after a standout pitching career at DePaul that included a run deep into the Women's College World Series in 2007.
"I am absolutely thrilled and honored to work with Yvette and Randy," Adix said. "I've known Yvette for nine years as she recruited me to DePaul, and I even played for her in my freshman year. Knowing what Yvette and Randy have done and the influence they have in Division I softball, they're two people I can learn a lot from. I'm excited to be able to work in a great conference like the Big Ten. I think it will be a lot of fun."
DePaul's fourth ever run to the WCWS came, in large part, on the right arm of Adix, who went a perfect 10-0 in Big East Conference play, and did not walk a batter in 22 appearances (108 innings), all while holding conference opponents to a .160 batting average.
For the season, the Edmonds, Wash., native finished with a 22-4 overall record, including wins over seven ranked opponents, and the nation's fifth best earned run average at 0.89. She threw a total of ten shutouts and struck out 168 batters, while walking just 28.
In the post season alone, Adix combined on a no-hitter at the Carbondale Regional, striking out the side in two innings pitched against Mississippi Valley State and tossed a complete game shutout against Missouri in the semifinals.
She followed that up with 11 scoreless innings at the Super Regional in Norman, Okla., scattering three hits and striking out six Oklahoma batters to earn the victory in both games over the fourth-ranked Sooners, a team that entered the tournament averaging 6.8 runs a game and with a .324 team batting average.
All told, Adix went 6-2 in the NCAA championship, and did not allow a run in her first 23 and two-thirds innings during the NCAA Championship. The eventual national champion Arizona Wildcats ended DePaul's season in the quarterfinal round.
"Tracie is one of the most highly decorated and successful Division I pitchers currently teaching the game," Healy said. "While Tracie's athletic accolades, from pitching her team to two College World Series, being named an NFCA All-American and boasting one of the of the lowest ERA's in the country is impressive, it is her mental toughness, work-ethic and commitment to excellence that separates her from her peers.
"Tracie has the personal experience, coaching expertise and competitive minframe to help the University of Wisconsin's pitchers earn national attention."
Along with being named the Blue Demon's Most Outstanding Player, Adix earned Big East Pitcher-of-the-Year honors, and took home National Fastpitch Coaches Association Second-Team All-American and NFCA First-Team All-Mideast Region honors in 2007. She also earned NFCA Second-Team All-Region honors in 2005.