Associate Coach, Softball
2019 WCA Graduate, Class #48
Kendall Fearn, who works primarily with hitting and the outfield, was named an assistant coach at Indiana on June 26, 2017 and promoted to associate coach following the 2018 campaign.
In 2019, Fearn and the Indiana coaching staff led the team to its best start in program history (14-0), the best record since 2011 (36-21) and the best non-conference mark since 1986 (26-8). Thanks to the hot start, Indiana earned a spot in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll, the first ranking for the team since 1996. IU would spend six straight weeks ranked, picking up wins against two top-10 teams in No. 6 Georgia (Feb. 10) and at No. 10 LSU (March 1), the first time that has been done at Indiana.
Topping last year’s impressive stolen base numbers, the Hoosiers set the single-season IU record with 141, which is also good for the third-most by a Big Ten team in history.
The Hoosiers knocked 37 homers on the season, which is fourth-most in program history. Second Team All-Big Ten selection Grayson Radcliffe led the way with nine homers. First Team All-Big Ten and Second Team NFCA All-Region selection Maddie Westmoreland knocked eight long balls, with six of those coming in Big Ten play. Westmoreland, who is the first Hoosier since 1997-98 to earn back-to-back First Team honors, hit an impressive .391 in conference play.
In her first season at Indiana in 2018, Fearn saw Indiana to a third-place finish in the Big Ten with a 17-6 conference mark.
Under Fearn’s guidance, Indiana saw six Hoosiers hit .300 or better in conference play, led by a .373 mark by senior Rebecca Blitz and a .370 average by sophomore Gabbi Jenkins. Both Blitz and Jenkins earned Second Team All-Big Ten accolades for their efforts, while Blitz also earned All-Defensive Team honors for her performance in centerfield. Freshman Maddie Westmoreland was named First Team All-Big Ten and Third Team NFCA All-Midwest Region as she collected 10 home runs and 52 RBI in 2018. Her 52 RBI are the second-most in a single season in Indiana program history.
The Indiana offense knocked 35 home runs in 2018, as nine different Hoosiers hit the long ball. Aside from Westmoreland’s 10 homers, seniors Taylor Uden was close behind as she tied her career best with seven home runs, two of which were walk-off winners. On the base paths, the Hoosiers stole 112 bases, good for third all-time in a single season at IU.
Fearn, along with fellow Hoosier assistant coach Chanda Bell, was a member of head coach Shonda Stanton’s staff at Marshall for four seasons. In that stretch, the team posted a winning percentage of .616, the second-best four-year run in program history.
Fearn was named as Marshall’s associate head coach prior to the 2017 season. During her four seasons at Marshall, Fearn guided the Herd bats to a .313 average while posting three of the top four scoring seasons in program history. In addition, Marshall broke its own record for stolen bases three times under Fearn and twice led the nation in swiped bags. Under Fearn’s leadership, Morgan Zerkle left Marshall as the all-time leader in career batting average (.451), stolen bases (162) and triples (14). In addition, Zerkle was named the 2017 C-USA Player of the Year, as well as an NFCA All-American.
In 2017, Marshall led the country with 162 stolen bases and posted a .308 batting average, best in C-USA. In 2016, the Thundering Herd was second in the conference with a .310 average and had five hit over .300 on the year.
During Fearn’s second season with the team in 2015, Marshall set numerous offensive records, including a staggering .345 average, which was first in the conference and 11th in the nation. Marshall saw seven hit .300 or better, while also setting records for runs per game (5.4), hits per game (9.28) and on-base percentage (.407).
Fearn came to the Thundering Herd after two seasons coaching at her alma mater, UNLV, and a year at Georgia Southern. At Georgia Southern, Fearn saw the Eagles win the 2013 Southern Conference Tournament and advance to the NCAA Tournament.
During her playing career at UNLV, Fearn was a two-time Mountain West All-Conference pick and started 227 games at first base and third base. The Carlsbad, Calif. native guided UNLV to a NCAA Regional appearance in 2009 and finished her time at UNLV ranked in seven different categories in the record book.