UNCG Softball BIO
 Sarah Kerr

In her third season in 2015, the Spartans posted their third-straight winning season and earned a postseason victory for the third-straight year. Junior Nicole Thomas set career highs in complete games (6), innings pitched (100.0), saves (2) and strikeouts (47). 

Under Kerr's tutelage, freshman Alicia Bazonski led the team with 11 wins, nine complete games, two saves, one shutout, 139 innings pitched and 70 strikeouts.  

During Kerr's second season, the Spartans earned 31 wins and made the SoCon championship for the second-straight season. Senior Raeanne Hanks was named to the SoCon All-Tournament team and struck out 437, including 352 under coach Kerr. She also helped Hanks earned 35 of her career 44 victories as a pitcher. 

In Kerr’s first season as an assistant coach at UNCG she helped the program amass 38 victories, which is the third highest total in school history. The Spartans started the season 17-3, which was the best start since 2003.

Kerr worked primarily with the pitching staff that included two 10-game winners and an All-Southern Conference second team member in Raeanne Hanks. Kerr helped Hanks set career highs in numerous categories including wins (19), innings pitched (191.1), ERA (2.34), strikeouts (176), complete games (17), games started (32) and shutouts (4). Kerr guided Hanks throughout a spectacular run during the SoCon tournament where she compiled 24 scoreless innings before allowing one earned run with two shutouts. Hanks collected numerous accolades during the season including two-straight SoCon Pitcher of the Month awards, a SoCon Pitcher of the Week and was named SoCon Tournament Most Outstanding Player.

Kerr helped UNCG pitchers earned 313 strikeouts, which is the seventh-best mark in school history. Opposing batters only hit .232 against the Spartans and picked up 10 shutouts, the most since the 2008 season.

Kerr spent the past 10 seasons as the head coach of the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters in the highly competitive Western Athletic Conference. In 2012, she led LA Tech to its seventh-straight WAC Tournament appearance becoming the third school to qualify for every tournament since 1996 joining Hawaii and Fresno State.   In her 10 years at LA Tech she amassed a record of 240-338.

During Kerr’s decade at Tech, her teams shattered numerous team and individual offensive records as she rebuilt a program that participated in numerous college world series and NCAA Tournaments during the 1980s and early '90s. Nine of the program’s top 10 all-time team home run marks have come under Kerr, including a program record 59 in 2009.

Twenty-eight of her players have earned all-Western Athletic Conference honors, including at least one every year and a program-record five in 2009. Former shortstop Amberly Waits became the first LA Tech player to ever earn the WAC Player of the Year award as she was an easy selection in 2009 after winning the WAC Triple Crown (led league in average, home runs and RBI).

Kerr has also had 36 of her players named to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association all-state team, including Waits who was named the 2009 Hitter of the Year, outfielder Emma Barnes was named the state Freshman of the Year in 2006 and utility Melanie Goff was named the Newcomer of the Year in 2012.

Kerr also emphasizes education, and it has paid off during her tenure at Louisiana Tech. During the previous 10 years at Tech, a total of 43 of LA Tech's student-athletes have earned a total of 90 Academic All-Western Athletic Conference honors, ranking among the most in the league during that time.

Prior to coming to Louisiana Tech in 2003, Kerr served as an assistant coach at UL-Monroe from 2000 through 2002 and at Marshall University in 1999.

Kerr was also a standout in the circle, compiling a record of 120-56 while registering 151 complete games, 1,242.1 innings pitched, 1,280 strikeouts and 74 career shutouts. Her complete games, innings pitched, strikeouts and career shutouts all ranked in the top 10 in NCAA Division I history while her 120 career wins ranked sixth. She still holds the school record for career victories, lowest earned run average (0.69), inning pitched, strikeouts, shutouts, games pitched, games started and complete games. She led ULM to a NCAA tournament berth in 1997 and was an All-American in the circle.

Kerr continued to be successful after her collegiate career, joining the Women's Professional Fast-pitch League in the summer of 1997, where she earned the first year league's inaugural Most Valuable Player award, ranking No. 1 in wins (30) and saves (4) and second in shutouts, complete games, earned run average and opponent's batting average.

Kerr earned her bachelor's degree in finance from UL-Monroe in 1998 and is married to Brad Kerr as they both reside in Greensboro. 

Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: ULM
Graduating Year: 1998
Experience: 2 Years
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