The UNM Softball Team plays home games at the Lobo Softball Field, one of the best facilities in the country. The playing surface is natural grass and the dimensions of the field are 220 down the lines, and 225 to straight away center field. read more
Paula Congleton enters her first season at the helm of the Lobos in 2017-18 after being named to the position on June 20, 2017. Congleton, a decorated Lobo alum, brings with her over 20 years of head coaching experience, most recently at Santa Barbara City College in Santa Barbara, Calif.
“Coach Congleton has great passion and pride for Lobo Softball,” said Manzanares. “The chance to bring back one our most decorated Lobo softball players, with her coaching background, to lead our program is very exciting for me. I know Coach Congleton will work tirelessly to build a program that can compete for championships in the MWC.”
Congleton received her B.S. in Physical Education from the University of New Mexico. As a first baseman on the Lobos, she was a four-time Scholar Athlete (3.89 GPA) and a three-time All-American. While completing her Master’s degree in Curriculum Development, she was a Graduate Assistant with the Lobo Softball Team. In 2009, Paula received her Doctorate in Educational Administration.
Tyler Heil enters his first season with the Lobos in 2017-18 under first-year head coach Dr. Paula Congleton. Heil was named to the position on August 11, 2017 and made the transition to UNM from Santa Barbara City College where he was a part of Congleton’s staff.
“I am honored to have Coach Heil on our staff,” said Congleton. “He has a wealth of knowledge as an infield and hitting coach and has a really good eye for the game. I have complete confidence in Tyler in his ability to coach and recruit. We’re really excited about the opportunities we have here at UNM and you are going to see nothing but the best from us.”
As an assistant coach for the Vaqueros, Heil worked with the infielders and was also the team’s hitting coach in 2017. He was also a part of the Santa Barbara City College’s baseball staff prior to joining Congleton and the softball team.
Megan Betsa enters her first season as assistant coach with the UNM softball program in 2017-18. Betsa earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan where she played all four years for the Wolverines and was a three-time All-American.
“I am very excited to have Megan as our pitching coach,” said Congleton. “She has played at the highest level and comes from a winning tradition and culture. I know Megan has a competitive mindset and has what it takes to work with our pitchers to build a winning staff. I am confident that her dedication to pitching will be a positive addition to not only our pitching staff but to the entire team.”
For the Wolverines, Betsa worked her way to be one of the top pitchers in the country. She was a three-time NFCA All-America selection and two-time Big Ten Pitcher of the Year. She is the only pitcher in school history to record three 300-strikeout seasons.