Becky Marx Keogh Joins Softball Staff

Assistant softball coach Becky Marx Keogh
Assistant softball coach Becky Marx Keogh

July 8, 2013

CHICAGO – UIC head softball coach Michelle Venturella announced Monday morning that Becky Marx Keogh will serve as the team’s hitting coach and recruiting coordinator, pending Board of Trustee approval. Marx Keogh won a National Championship at Michigan in 2005, she served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Wolverines for four seasons and most recently was an assistant coach at Indiana.

“We are so excited to have Becky join our staff,” head UIC softball coach Michelle Venturella said. “She will serve as our hitting coach and recruiting coordinator, but will assist in all aspects of the program. She is going to be a great compliment to our staff and I know the team is going to enjoy the opportunity to work with her. Her passion for this sport and for the people she works with, along with her positive approach towards life matches up with the culture we have established in our program. We are thankful for the opportunity to have her be a part of UIC and look forward to the successes ahead.”

Marx Keogh began her playing career at Loyola (Chicago) and was a two-year starter in 2003 and 2004, where she set the single-season RBI record and was a first team all-Horizon League selection and earned all-tournament accolades. She then served as the starting catcher at Michigan in 2005 and 2006. She led the Wolverines to a National Championship in 2005 and was named a 2006 NFCA All-American Catcher.

During her 2006 season, she also led Michigan offensively with the highest batting average, most home runs, RBI and slugging percentage. She was named to the all-Big Ten tournament team after hitting .545.

Following her playing career, she served as a volunteer assistant coach at Michigan from 2008 until 2011, before spending two seasons on the Indiana coaching staff. During her six years of coaching experience in the Big Ten, Marx Keogh was named a NFCA One-Star Master Coach, she won four-straight Big Ten titles (2008-11), was a three-time (2008, 09, 10) member of the NFCA Great Lakes Region Coaching Staff of the Year and made a World Series appearance in 2009.

A native of St. Joseph, Mich., Marx Keogh earned a degree in secondary education from Michigan in 2007. She then earned her master’s degree in kinesiology with a focus on sports management from Michigan in 2009. Marx Keogh and her husband, Ed, have a daughter, Evelyn and a son, James.