Jessica Valis enters her first season as the assistant coach in the 2012-13 season after spending the previous two season on the UH staff as a volunteer assistant. Valis will work with slap hitting and infielders.
One of the most decorated players in Houston softball history, Valis joined the Cougar coaching staff after a stint in the professional ranks. She wrapped up her career with the Akron Racers in the National Pro Fastpitch League, after helping them reach the NPF Championship Series in August 2010.
While with the Cougars, Valis was a standout player through the duration of her career. She was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team following the 2006 season, earned First Team All-Conference honors in each of her four years at Houston and was the C-USA Player of the Year in 2007.
Aside from earning recognition from the conference, Valis brought national attention to Houston softball in 2008 when she was one of three Cougars to reach NFCA All-America status for the first time in program history. She garnered NFCA All-South Region Second Team honors in 2007 and 2008, and was named to the ASA Player of the Year Top-50 Watch List prior to her junior and senior seasons.
She still holds several program records at Houston, including career batting average (.379), season batting average (.431, 2008), career runs scored (169), career hits (285), season hits (88, 2008), career triples (16), season triples (7, 2007), career stolen bases (61), season stolen bases (25), career assists (403) and career double plays turned (26).
Valis graduated from Houston in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Consumer Science and Merchandising with a minor in marketing.