SANTEE, Calif – The San Diego Christian Athletic Department is pleased to announce the hiring of Sarah Kerr as the new softball coach for the Hawks.

 

Coach Kerr joins SDC after three years as an assistant coach at NCAA Div. I UNC-Greensboro.

 

"We are thrilled with the hiring of Coach Kerr," SDC Athletic Director Kyle Ferguson said. "She brings the experience and expertise to help our student-athletes succeed on and off the field."

 

A graduate of Christian High, Coach Kerr returns to San Diego after spending 17 years on the East Coast at four different NCAA Div. I institutions.

 

"I am excited to return home to San Diego and build on the foundation of tradition and success of Hawks Softball that has already been laid out," Coach Kerr said. "I know San Diego Christian is a place where a student-athlete will be challenged to grow in Christ, excel in the classroom and compete at the top level on the softball field.  These factors made the decision to pursue this opportunity simple."

 

At UNC-Greensboro, Coach Kerr helped guide the Spartans to back-to-back SoCon Tournament Championship games. Before her tenure there, she was the head coach at Louisiana Tech where she had 43 players earn Academic All-Western Athletic Conference honors as well as 27 players earning All-Western Athletic Conference honors.

 

Coach Kerr brings a wealth of experience to SDC and fits right in to the values at SDC.

 

"Coach Kerr understands the value of a Christ-centered education and is a great fit at SDC," Ferguson said. "We are blessed to have her influence in the lives of our students on the field, in the classroom, and in their relationship with Christ."

 

In just two years as a program, the Hawks have made it to the semi-finals of the GSAC Tournament but have been halted twice, both to Biola. Coach Kerr seeks to break that barrier her first year and get into the regional playoffs.

 

"My goal for this year's team is to be competing in post season by earning a birth to Regionals," she said. "I know this would be a program first, but I am confident this goal is attainable.  It will take new leadership to step into the void left by graduation as well as a commitment from each girl to put in the work necessary to reach this goal."

 

With nine seniors graduating this past year, Coach Kerr understands the difficulties and challenges ahead.

 

"After getting settled in and learning the personality of this team, I look forward to evaluating their softball skills," Kerr said. "We have a very young roster, which is both an opportunity and a challenge.  I know the girls will have to transition to a new coaching style, but every year, every team has to create its own identity.  This fall season will be critical in forming our identity for the 2016 season."

 
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