USC Upstate Promotes Settlemyre to Assistant Softball Coach

USC Upstate Promotes Settlemyre to Assistant Softball Coach

Spartanburg, S.C. – USC Upstate head softball coach Chris Hawkins announced today that volunteer assistant coach Kendall Settlemyre has been promoted to assistant coach, replacing Kenzie Roark who was named the head coach at Ohio back in August.

Settlemyre has spent the past three seasons as a volunteer assistant coach for the Spartans helping the program to two NCAA Regional appearances, two ASUN Tournament championships and one ASUN Regular Season championship. She will work primarily with the USC Upstate hitters.

"We have been fortunate to have Kendall here for the last seven years, four as a player and three as a volunteer coach," said Hawkins. "She is an awesome young coach that has the philosophy of Spartan Softball ingrained in her. I knew that she was ready to go into the softball community and do big things. With Kenzie (Roark) leaving and going to be Ohio University's head coach, it gave us an opportunity to hire one of our own. This will stabilize our program for years to come. She is extremely loyal to me and our program. I will be moving to work with the pitchers and Kendall will concentrate more on our philosophies of hitting at USC Upstate. It is big to keep a family member on our staff!"

With the hiring of Settlemyre to work with the Spartan hitters, Hawkins will now be in charge of the pitching staff while graduate student manager Kayla McGuffey has been promoted to volunteer assistant coach. Assistant coach Bryan Pack will continue to work with the USC Upstate defense.

Settlemyre, a native of Hickory, N.C., played for the Spartans from 2011-15 under Hawkins and helped the program achieve new heights making NCAA Regional appearances three consecutive years from 2013-15. During her time at USC Upstate, the program captured two ASUN Regular Season and ASUN Tournament championships, while winning 40 or more games in four of her five seasons.

Settlemyre played in 206 games throughout her career and was a two-time ASUN All-Conference performer in 2014 and 2015. She ranked in the top-10 all-time in games started, home runs, RBI and total bases. Settlemyre finished her career with a .323 batting average (including .373 in 2014), 175 hits, 125 RBI, 117 runs, 34 home runs, 23 doubles and three triples.   

"She was made here, refined here and now will lead here," Hawkins added. "I couldn't be more excited!"

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