Kenzie Roark is in her third year as an assistant coach at USC Upstate. She will assist in all phases of the program, serving her primary role as the Spartans’ pitching coach.
Roark came to Upstate after serving as the pitching coach at East Tennessee State from 2012-14. She assisted in all phases of the program, including heading up the pitching staff. She helped lead the Lady Bucs to their most wins since 2010 in 2014.
Roark began her coaching career as a student assistant at Virginia Tech from 2011-12 after completing a standout career with the Hokies. She was part of a coaching staff that was named the 2012 NFCA Mid-Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year and helped guide the Hokies to a 2.52 team ERA. She graduated in 2012 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Roark was the ace of the staff for three of her four years at Virginia Tech and was an ACC All-Tournament and Player of the Week selection during her career. As a freshman, she was the No. 2 pitcher behind All-American Angela Tincher and helped lead the Hokies to the ACC Championship and an appearance in the 2008 College World Series.
Roark ended her collegiate playing career as one of the all-time great pitchers in Virginia Tech history. In addition to her team’s accomplishments, Roark ranks second all-time with 155 career appearances, fourth with 510 strikeouts and 661.1 innings pitched, and sixth with 51 wins and a .254 opponent batting average.
Roark was born in Nashville, Tenn., and grew up in Mt. Juliet, Tenn. She graduated from Mt. Juliet High School and helped lead her team to two state runner-up finishes. She had a tremendous senior season and garnered several honors. She was named the MVP of District 9 AAA and in the district tournament as a senior. She earned TSWA Class AAA All-State honors and first team all-midstate honors after going 29-7 with a 0.14 ERA and 342 strikeouts in 227 innings. She threw two perfect games, nine no-hitters and 15 shutouts. She was also named the MVP of the Tennessee-Kentucky all-star series after striking out 13 batters in a no-hit outing. She was a second team all-state selection as a junior in 2006. Also a standout in the classroom, she earned Gold Club induction for academic excellence.