Ruben Felix enters his fourth season as the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach with the UCF softball program.
Felix works as the Knights' hitting, infield and first base coach, and helped guide the Knights to a 39-win season and a trip to the 2012 NCAA Tournament. During his time with the Knights, Felix has coached 13 All-Conference players, two All-Region NCAA selections, 2012 C-USA Newcomer of the Year and Pitcher of the Year.
Off the field, Felix shared the responsibility for developing 13 All-American Scholar Athletes (2013) and helping the Knights earn the NCAA's 20th best team GPA (2013) and UCF's top women's team GPA (2012).
Most recently, Felix was inducted into the El Paso, Texas Baseball Hall of Fame.
Felix began coaching in 1999 after retiring from playing professional baseball. He spent five seasons as a Major League Baseball coach, including six runs with Team USA. He spent one season as a AAA minor league coach, and five seasons as an assistant and head coach with Galveston Junior College, Texas Tech, Bethesda Big Train Summer Collegiate Team and Trinity Christian High School in Lubbock, Texas. Felix also coached the Texas Tech fast pitch softball team under current UCF head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie.
Felix served as the manager for Team USA Women's Baseball in the summer of 2012, helping guide them to a silver medal in the World Cup in Edmonton, Canada. He also coached the squad to the Gold Medal championship game versus three-time world champion, Japan, along with UCF's 2012 All-Region and All-Conference shortstop Natalie Land.
From 2008-09, Felix was an assistant bullpen coach for the Baltimore Orioles. He also served as an assistant coach for Team USA in 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, Brian McCann, Curtis Granderson, Evan Longoria and others.
Felix's Major League Baseball experience also included three seasons with the Cleveland Indians, where he served as an assistant coach from 2004-06, as well as head bullpen coach for the AAA Culiacan Tomateros in the Mexican Pacific Coast Winter League (2007). While coaching for Culiacan, Felix helped former Major Leaguer Jose Silva break the league record for saves with 23.
Prior to coaching at the Major League level, Felix spent five seasons at the collegiate level. From 2001-04, he served as the head/assistant baseball coach for Galveston Junior College in Galveston, Texas. While with the Whitecaps, Felix also served as the team's strength and conditioning coach and coordinated team travel and operations.
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, he was also the outfield/pitching coach for Trinity Christian High School in Lubbock, Texas.
In 2000, Felix coached infielders, catchers, outfielders and hitters at Texas Tech University, under current UCF head softball coach Renee Luers-Gillispie.
Asa Texas Tech University Baseball volunteer assistant coach in 1999, Felix helped the Aggies to a No. 24 national ranking, a first-place finish in the Big 12 Conference, and runner-up honors at the NCAA Regional Championship.
Prior to beginning his collegiate career, Felix played professional baseball for five seasons in Triple AAA-A in the U.S. and Mexico with thte 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 Beloit Snappers and the 1994 Double-AA Texas/Louisiana League Champions Corpus Christi Barracudas.
While with the Barracudas in 1994, Felix was named Rookie and Reliever of the Year and was also named to the league's All-Star Team.
Felix played Division I collegiate baseball for the Elkhart Dusters of the Kansas Jayhawk Summer League, Lubbock Christian 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 League. His younger brother Eugene Felix also played professionally for the Lafayette Bullfrogs of the Texas/Louisiana League. His father Lauro Sr. played competitive men's fastpitch softball for over 30 years with teams from Texas and Mexico.
Felix played men's fastpitch during high school and college in El Paso, Texas for the El Paso Toros and Team Casa softball clubs.
Felix graduated from Texas Tech University in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in general studies. Felix has been married for 15 years to his wife Michelle and they have a seven-year-old son Matthew Ripken Felix.
Team USA Baseball Staff 2012 USA Women's National Team Manager World Cup "Silver Medal" 2011 USA Baseball 16U NTIS Scout 2011 USA Baseball Women's National Team Blue Manager Friendship Series 2010 USA Baseball 14U Assistant Coach/Scout "Bronze Medal" 2009 USA Baseball Assistant Coach World Baseball Classic 2007 USA Baseball 16U Trails Coach "World Champions Gold Medal"
Major League Baseball Staff 2009-2008 Baltimore Orioles Assistant Coach 2006-2004 Cleveland Indians Assistant Coach
Minor League Baseball Staff 2007 AAA Culiacan Tomateros Bullpen Coach
Major League Baseball Scout 2010 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Associate Scout West Texas
NCAA/NJCAA/High School Staff Current-2010 University of Central Florida Assistant Softball Coach 2004-2001 Galveston Jr. College Head/Assistant Baseball Coach 2001 Bethesda Big Train Assistant Baseball Coach Cal Ripken Collegiate League 2001 Trinity Christian High School Baseball Assistant Coach 2000-1999 Texas Tech University Assistant Softball Coach 1999 Texas Tech University Baseball Volunteer Coach
Professional baseball playing experience: 1998-1994 AAA-A Milwaukee Brewers-Stockton Ports, Beloit Snappers, Lubbock Crickets, Los Mochis Sugarcane Growers, Navojoa Mayos and the Corpus Christi Barracudas.