Kassie Stanfill enters her second season as Austin Peay head softball coach, coming off a 33-22 campaign in her first season at the helm.
The Governors also finished a game out of tying for the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season championship, posting a 16-6 record in conference play, while setting program single-season records for hits (437), doubles (76), home runs (61), total bases (714), slugging percentage (.475) and RBIs (257). The 2019 team also posted the best fielding percentage (.964) in program history.
Stanfill also saw five players receive All-OVC recognition in her first year, with Morgan Rackel (pitcher), Danielle Liermann (utility), Kacy Acree (outfield) and Carly Mattson (catcher) earning first-team honors, while freshman third baseman Lexi Osowski earned second-team All-OVC and All-OVC Newcomers team selections.
Rackel also became the program’s first Google Cloud Academic All-America ® Division I First team selection and Liermann was named by Softball America to its All-American second team, while Rackel, Liermann and Osowski were selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Central Region third team.
Stanfill became the program’s 10th head coach, Aug. 10, 2018, after spending the previous two seasons at her alma mater Louisville on the staff of legendary head coach Sandy Pearsall, who retired in June 2018 after starting the program in 2000.
While at Louisville, Stanfill tutored Megan Hensley, who was a National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Southeast Region selection and All-ACC choice after going 17-8 with a 3.35 ERA and 10 complete games for the Cardinals, striking out a team-high 138 batters in 184.0 innings.
She returned to her alma mater after a year as the associate head coach at Illinois, where she helped the Fighting Illini to 36 wins—fifth-most in program history—and an NCAA Regional appearance. Breanna Wonderly earned NFCA All-Midwest Region honors after going 16-13 with a 2.85 ERA and 21 complete-games, ninth-most in school history.
Stanfill's first pitching coach job at the collegiate level came at Ball State, where she helped the Cardinals to a 104-61 mark over three seasons, including three straight Mid-American Conference West Division titles and a 2015 MAC Tournament Championship and subsequent NCAA Regional appearance in 2015. With Stanfill as her guide, Nicole Steinbach posted three straight All-MAC seasons and was an NFCA All-Great Lakes Region Third Team honoree in 2015. She also was on staff for two of Jenny Gilbert's three MAC Player of the Year seasons, including NFCA All-American campaigns in 2013—when Stanfill worked directly with the outfielders in Muncie—and 2014.
In Stanfill's first full-time season as pitching coach in 2014, Ball State's staff posted a 2.06 ERA during conference play, which helped the Cardinals to the fifth MAC regular-season title in program history.
The Goodlettsville, Tenn., native received her collegiate coaching start in the midstate area in 2011 at Middle Tennessee, helping the Blue Raiders make over their offense with a program-record 41 home runs and a 25-point rise in batting average.
Stanfill was a four-year starter for the Cardinals from 2006 through 2009 and served as a two-time team captain. She played several positions throughout her career, splitting time between the outfield and pitcher her first three seasons. After injury forced an early end to her pitching career, Stanfill became the Cardinals' starting first baseman in 2009. The two-time All-Big East Third Team selection was a .293 career hitter and posted a 27-13 record in 68 pitching appearances with a 2.72 ERA and 227 strikeouts. She still ranks in the school's career top 10 in several categories including: triples, saves, strikeouts (pitching), lowest ERA and opponent batting average and games finished.
As a player, Stanfill helped the Cardinals to a pair of BIG EAST Championships (2006 and 2007) and four straight NCAA regional appearances. Her senior season saw Louisville become an NCAA regional host for the first time in program history.
Stanfill earned her Bachelor of Health and Sports Studies from Louisville in 2009 after majoring in exercise science and earned a minor in communications.