METx (Houston) Adding Softball Program

METx (Houston) Adding Softball Program

We are excited to announce yet another expansion, this time in the form of a softball program based out of Houston! In the Fall of 2021, Houston will become the third Marucci Elite Texas affiliate to offer softball teams, joining Corpus Christi and East Texas. The Houston softball program will be spearheaded by Julia Pecina (full bio below). We are thrilled to welcome Julia into the Marucci Elite Texas family, and anxious to get started!

“We have seen the success and growth that our Corpus Christi and East Texas locations have had in the softball world. This is something we have been discussing for quite a while, and we are finally going to make it a reality in Houston.” said METx managing partner Adam Dunn. “Julia has a passion for helping young players develop their skills and achieve their goals in the game of softball. She understands how important ‘culture’ is in a program, which is something that means a lot to us. We want players to feel like they are a part of something bigger than themselves, and we think she is the right person to build that on the softball side.” added Dunn.

The inaugural METx (Houston) softball tryouts for the Fall 2021 season will be held on July 23-24, 2021 at Baseball USA. If you plan on attending, please make sure to preregister online, using the links below! For questions or more information on the softball program, please contact Julia Pecina at We look forward to seeing you soon!


FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2021:

16U–6:00 PM at Baseball USA Field #5

18U–6:00 PM at Baseball USA Field #5

SATURDAY, JULY 24, 2021:

8U–9:30 AM at Baseball USA Field #5

10U–12:00 PM at Baseball USA Field #5

12U–12:00 PM at Baseball USA Field #5

14U–2:30 PM at Baseball USA Field #5

*NOTE: Check-in will begin 30 minutes prior to scheduled start time*

*Makeup tryout dates will be announced at a later date*


Julia Pecina grew up in La Habra in Southern California. Her parents kept her very busy with sports and growing up she participated in soccer, cheerleading, water polo, and softball. By middle school, she knew softball was her passion and the sport she wanted to take her to college. She was fortunate to have the same group of coaches from 7 years old all the way through high school, including her dad, Jaime. They created the Wicked organization and consistently ranked as one of the top 10 travel teams in the nation.

In high school, she was captain of both her water polo and softball team, she was voted “Most Athletic,” and she graduated with honors. Her junior year she accepted a scholarship to play with the Buckeyes at The Ohio State University. Although she enjoyed her time there, she transferred to The University of Houston her junior year to complete her athletic career and academics. There she played second base and left field. Her senior year ended in playoffs with an unexpected surprise of being #4 of Sports Center’s Top 10 plays. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Consumer Science & Marketing.

Julia is extremely excited to be part of the Marucci Elite Family. As the Softball Director, her focus will be on players first, players always. It’s important to her to keep the game fun so the girls can play their best and enjoy the growing process. With many youth athletes quickly becoming single sport players, she will keep her focus on sharpening the athlete’s skills, fostering a supportive and encouraging environment, and building more relationships with college coaches and recruiters. She knows that there is a “right fit” for each player and she will work hard to give the athletes every advantage possible to play in college. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her fiance, Colby, and their dog Samson, working out at their gym, Illuminate Sweat, and trying new restaurants.


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