Sept. 19, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall softball coach Shonda Stanton announced the addition of assistant coach Kendall Fearn to her 2013-14 coaching staff Thursday.
“I value loyalty and hard work, as well as the importance of surrounding our athletes with quality people, and Kendall is that perfect fit,” Stanton said. “With the addition of Kendall we have a great staff ready for the challenge of directing this new, young team. I look forward to building on our recent success and the new ideas they will bring to the program.”
Fearn comes to Marshall with three years of coaching experience, all of which came at the Division I level. She served as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, her alma mater, while working to earn a master’s degree in athletic administration from 2010 to ‘11. Fearn accepted a position on the UNLV coaching staff in 2011 and spent an additional year with the Runnin’ Rebels before heading east in 2012.
Fearn spent last season as an assistant at Georgia Southern University, where she helped guide the Eagles to an NCAA Gainesville Regional appearance after they captured the 2013 Southern Conference Tournament title.
In her student-athlete days, Fearn was a four-time letter winner at UNLV. She was a two-time Mountain West All-Conference Team selection and earned Mountain West Conference Player of the Week honors twice. Fearn helped lead the Runnin’ Rebels to a NCAA Regional Appearance in 2009.
Over her career, Fearn played in 228 games and started in 227 at first base and third base. She owned a batting average of .298 with 186 hits, 75 of which went for extra bases. Fearn left UNLV ranked in seven categories in UNLV’S career record book.
“Kendall had an outstanding career at UNLV as a student-athlete and will work primarily with our hitters and outfield while assisting with the infield,” Stanton said. “While at UNLV she worked with a former pitching coach of mine, Kim Martin, so there is already a connection and familiarity.”
Stanton, Fearn and the rest of the softball staff is already making preparations for the 2014 season. They will have several exhibition games in the fall to get ready for the new season, starting in late September.