McNutt Adds Ex-Ladyjack Harper To Staff

Kendal Harper has been hired as an assistant with the Ladyjack softball program.

June 26, 2012

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin head softball coach Gay McNutt announced Tuesday the hiring of former Ladyjack great Kendal Harper as an assistant coach.

“We are really excited to have Kendal return to SFA,” McNutt said. “She was a great player for us and I have no doubt that those qualities she exemplified as a player will translate to the coaching side of softball.”

Harper, who played outfield for the Ladyjacks from 2007-10, was a three-time all-conference selection and was the first player in SFA history to be named the Southland Conference Player of the Year (2010). Harper was also named to the 2010 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Central Region second-team.

A native of Palmer, Texas, Harper finished with a .338 career batting average while starting in 220 of 222 career games. Harper also scored 125 runs, collected 230 hits, hit nine home runs and had 73 RBI’s. The Palmer High School graduate still holds the all-time SFA records in hits (230), at-bats (681) and triples (14).

Harper played a key role in the Ladyjacks first Southland Conference title (2010), hitting .338 with 20 runs batted in. She started 48-of-49 games in the SFA outfield and was first on the team in total bases with 88. Palmer pounded out 53 hits in 157 at-bats including eight doubles, three triples and seven home runs.

Harper also helped the 2008 Ladyjacks squad win the program’s second SLC Tournament title in school history, defeating Nicholls State 2-1 in the championship tilt.



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