AUBURN – The Auburn Tigers have hired Chris and Kate Malveaux to take over the school's softball program as co-head coaches.

The duo will fill the vacancy left by Mickey Dean.

“In meeting with Chris and Kate, it was obvious that their synergy was an indomitable force," Auburn Athletic Director John Cohen said. "Their contributions to Tennessee’s success over the past three seasons are undeniable. We’re so excited to welcome Chris, Kate and their family to Auburn.”

Chris and Kate Malveaux come to Auburn after serving as assistant coaches for the Tennessee Volunteers.

“We are incredibly humbled and excited to be a part of the Auburn Family! Kate and I are overly thankful to Karen Weekly and the entire Tennessee family for their sacrifices, opportunities, and guidance these past three years,” Chris Malveaux said. “It is an honor to have the opportunity to lead this storied Auburn program into its next stage and are forever grateful for the trust of John Cohen and his incredible staff for believing in us. We can’t wait to get to work! WAR EAGLE!!”

“Chris and I are both honored and humbled to lead this new era of Auburn Softball. Thank you to John Cohen and all of Auburn Athletics for their faith in us to take on this role and support the program in such an impactful way,” Kate Malveaux said. “Also, thank you to Karen Weekly, the Lady Vol Softball staff, and student-athletes for the opportunity and support of not only us but also our family. Auburn has proved that it can compete on the national stage, and we are excited to build, develop, and grow this program into a national powerhouse.”

Between the two of them, the Malveauxs bring three decades of coaching experience to the Plains and will aim to get Auburn back to being one of the nation's top programs.

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