|Kaelene Curry joins SSU softball staff as an assistant coach
A former NCAA Division I softball standout on both the field and in the classroom, Kaelene Curry on Monday was named as an assistant coach for the Sonoma State University softball team by head coach Jennifer Bridges.
Prior to coming to SSU, Curry played four years at the University of Missouri-Kansas City until she graduated in 2012, then spent the last two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at Northern Colorado University while earning her Master's Degree in sports psychology at the University of Denver.
“I am very excited to bring Kaelene on staff,” Bridges said. “She brings variety to the staff with her middle infield and slap hitting knowledge. She sees the sport from a fresh perspective and will add another element to our teachings with the knowledge she gained from her Master's in sports psychology. With her personality and excitement for the sport, she is a great fit for our program.”
A native of Downers Grove, Ill., Curry led the Kangaroos during her senior campaign in 2012 in batting (.330), at-bats (188), runs (33), hits (62) and on-base percentage (.407). As a junior in 2011, she was named the Summit League's Player of the Year after leading the NCAA Div. I conference in hits (65) and runs scored (45), a single-season program record in both categories.
In four seasons as a Kangaroo from 2009-12, Curry became the UMKC's all-time leader in hits (223) and runs (142), while finishing second in on-base percentage (.435), walks (70) and stolen bases (52) along with being third in batting (.350).
For her efforts in the classroom at UMKC, Curry was twice named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Capital One Academic All-America and All-District teams, holding GPA's of 3.98 as a junior in 2011 and 3.93 as a senior in 2012. She earned a spot on the Summit League Winter/Spring Academic All-League Team three times and was a four-time UMKC Scholar Athlete Award and Distinguished Scholar on the Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence honoree. In addition, she was a four-time recipient of the prestigious National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar Athlete honor.
Curry replaces Trisha McCormick, who helped Bridges and the Seawolves to five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, two CCAA tournament championships and a 192-103 record during five years at Sonoma State.