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App State Softball Hires Ibarra as Assistant Coach

In her second hire as App State’s head coach, Whitney Jones announced the hiring of Alex Ibarra as assistant softball coach Friday. Ibarra joins Stephanie Bagwell, who was announced Tuesday, on the softball staff.

Ibarra joins the Mountaineer softball program after spending the previous four years as a student manager at LSU, where he assisted with the day-to-day operations of the program. As a member of the Tigers’ staff, he was a part of 155 wins, four NCAA Regional appearances and two Super Regional appearances in 2021 and 2024.

“We are thrilled to have Alex join the Mountaineer family,” Jones said. “Alex has learned and been surrounded by the best in our game through his time with LSU and Team USA. His knowledge of the game at the highest level, his ability to connect and build genuine relationships with players and his hunger to grow makes him the perfect fit for our program.”

“Alex will not only be instrumental in leading our pitching unit, but also a critical piece to our offensive development. He is more than ready to do a great job developing our young women and taking our program to the next level.”

Acting as the primary batting practice thrower, Ibarra was instrumental in preparing the Tiger hitters prior to each game and helped lead them to a .290 team batting average. LSU also swatted 464 hits in 2024, which was the third-highest total in the SEC.

“I want to start off by saying thank you to Coach Whit and App State for allowing me to be a part of a special program,” Ibarra said. “I can’t wait to get to work with the incredible athletes and incredible staff. It is evident that App State is a special place with special people. Go Mountaineers!”

A native of Cedar Hill, Texas, Ibarra started his coaching career at UT Arlington, where he acted as a student manager for the Mavericks in 2019. In his lone season, Ibarra saw UTA win 36 games and take home a National Softball Invitational Championship.

Ibarra is also an accomplished player, being selected as a pitcher for the Under-23 USA Men’s National Team and competing for the 2018 Junior Men’s National Team in the WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship that was held in Prince Albert, Canada. As part of the United States National Softball team, he has won two gold medals, including in 2023 at the Pan-American Games.

He was also a facilitator for Athletes Unlimited, a professional softball league, where he threw batting practice to some of the league’s top players.

Ibarra earned his bachelor’s degree in sports administration from LSU in 2023 and is working toward his master’s degree in sports administration. He has three siblings: Naizllet, Benjamin and Mia.