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Ruben Felix Assistant Coach - Third Season with the Knights Ruben Felix enters his third season as an assistant coach with the UCF softball program in 2013. Felix works as the Knights’ hitting coach as well as the infield defense. The Knights improved offensively in every major statistical category from 2011 to 2012 under Felix’s guidance. UCF’s team batting average jumped 14 points from .244 to .258 and the Black and Gold also scored 65 more runs on the season while slugging more doubles and more home runs.

Prior to coaching at the Major League level, Felix was a collegiate coach for five seasons. He was the head and assistant baseball coach for Galveston Junior College in Galveston, Texas from 2001-04. While with the Whitecaps, Felix not only managed the team but also served as the team’s strength and conditioning coach and coordinated team travel and operations.

University, New Mexico State University, Dodge City Community College and Howard Junior College in Texas. He was a Jayhawk League All-Star in 1992 and was an all-conference and all-region selection in two seasons at Lubbock Christian. Felix was also an all-conference and all-region pitcher at Dodge City in 1990.

Felix comes from a baseball and softball family. His twin brother Larry currently plays men’s AA-Major fastpitch softball with teams from Texas and Mexico after retiring from playing professional baseball for 12 seasons in AAA-A Oakland A’s, Milwaukee Brewers, Atlantic League and Mexican UCF also greatly improved defensively League. His younger brother Eugene Felix from the 2011 season. One year after mak- In 2000, Felix was an assistant softball coach also played professionally for the Lafayette ing 83 errors and posting a .951 fielding per- at Texas Tech University under current Bullfrogs of the Texas/Louisiana League. centage. The Knights made just 61 errors in UCF head softball coach Renee Luers-Gil- His father Lauro Sr. played competitive 2012 and posted a .962 fielding percentage. lispie. While with Texas Tech softball Felix men’s fastpitch softball for over 30 years coached infielders, catchers, outfielders and with teams from Texas and Mexico. Felix has spent the last 10 years coaching hitters. or scouting at every level of baseball. Most Felix played men’s fastpitch during high recently, he spent the 2010 summer as a Felix was a volunteer assistant baseball school and college in El Paso, Texas for the scout and outfield coach for the USA Base- coach for Texas Tech University in 1999 El Paso Toros and Team Casa softball clubs. ball 14U National Team that won Bronze in and helped the team to a No. 24 national Nicaragua, was an associate Major League ranking, runner-up honors at the NCAA Felix graduated from Texas Tech University Baseball scout for the Los Angeles Angels in Regional Championship in Lubbock and a in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in general Texas and also served as the baseball/soft- first-place finish in the Big 12 Conference. studies. Felix has been married for 12 years ball operations director for the Next Level While with the Red Raiders, Felix served as to his wife Michelle and they have a son College Promoters in Lubbock, Texas. the bullpen/outfield coach. Matthew Ripken Felix. In the summer of 2001, Felix was the bullpen coach for the Bethesda Big Train Collegiate Team of the Cal Ripken League. That same year Felix was the outfield/pitching coach for Trinity Christian High School in Lubbock, Texas.

From 2008-09 Felix was an assistant bullpen coach in Major League Baseball for the Baltimore Orioles and he was also an assistant coach for Team USA Baseball at the 2009 World Baseball Classic where he helped coach MLB stars Derek Jeter, Jimmy Rollins, Dustin Pedoria, Adam Dunn, Chipper Jones, Ryan Braun, JP Howell, Brain McCain, Curtis Granderson, Evan Longoria and others.

Prior to the start of his collegiate coaching career, Felix played professional baseball for five seasons in Triple AAA-A in both the U.S. and Mexico. Felix played for the Lubbock Crickets, Corpus Christi Barracudas, Los Mochis Sugarcane Growers, Navojoa Mayos, Beloit Snappers and Stockton Ports with the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club as a relief pitcher. Felix was part of two minor league championship teams; the 1995 Single-A Midwest League Champions BeFelix was also a Major League Baseball as- loit Snappers and the 1994 Double-AA Texsistant coach for the Cleveland Indians for as/Louisiana League Champions Corpus three seasons (2004-06) and was the head Christi Barracudas. bullpen coach for the AAA Culiacan Tomateros of the Mexican Pacific Coast Winter While with the Barracudas in 1994, Felix League in 2007. While coaching for Culia- was named Texas/Louisiana League Rookcan, Felix helped former Major Leaguer Jose ie and Reliever of the Year and was also Silva break the league record for saves with named to the league All-Star Team. 23. Felix has been an assistant coach for USA Baseball three times in his career (2010 14U, Felix played Division I collegiate baseball 2009 WBC, 2007 16U). for the Elkhart Dusters of the Kansas Jayhawk Summer League, Lubbock Christian

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