first season at UNCG
was a success after helping the program post 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.
Breneman led the Spartans to a berth in the Southern Conference title game falling in extra innings to Georgia Southern, 1-0, in her first season. Under her direction, UNCG saw its batting improve by 43 points in her first year. Breneman was instrumental in helping the Spartans set top five marks in runs scored (290), hits (449), doubles (72), slugging percentage (.422) and RBI (254).
Breneman helped two UNCG players earn All-Southern Conference first team honors in Katelyn Bedwell and Lindsay Thomas. Breneman mentored Thomas to being named the first UNCG Freshman of the Year in the SoCon. Also six Spartans’ made All-SoCon second team and two named to the All-Freshman squad. Bedwell made first team All-Region after Breneman tutored her to a career-high 52 runs batted in.
In the field, UNCG had only 71 errors, which are 10 less than the entire 2012 season. The Spartans’ also had a .958 fielding percentage under Breneman during her first season.
Breneman, who has spent the past eight years in the SEC and ACC, was named the ninth head softball coach in UNCG softball history July 18, 2012. Breneman brings 17 years of collegiate coaching experience to UNCG, including nine years as a head coach at both Bucknell and East Stroudsburg.
Prior to South Carolina, Breneman spent six seasons as an assistant coach at North Carolina for head coach Donna Papa. She helped the Tar Heels post five 40-plus win seasons and advance to the NCAA Tournament every season. She was an integral part of the program that was ranked in the Top 25 in four of her six seasons in Chapel Hill.
Under her guidance, the North Carolina defense led the Atlantic Coast Conference in fielding each year and finished in the top 33 in NCAA Division I all six seasons. Offensively, the Tar Heels ranked in the top 100 in NCAA Division I in home runs per at-bat her final three seasons and she helped Danielle Spaulding become a three-time All-America recipient. During her tenure, eight different student-athletes received 14 All-ACC selections.
Breneman came to UNC after two head coaching stints over a nine-year period at Bucknell (2001-04) and East Stroudsburg (1996-2000). During her run at Bucknell, the Bison made the Patriot League Tournament in 2004, when she was selected as the Patriot League Coach of the Year. She served five seasons as the head coach at Division II East Stroudsburg and helped the Warriors post their first winning season in four years with a 21-18 record in her rookie campaign.
Breneman was also a standout on the field, playing two years in the Women’s Pro Softball League for the Georgia Pride and was a four-year letterwinner at Bloomsburg University. She was the starting shortstop during her career and earned All-America honors as a senior. A three-time All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference selection, she still holds the Huskies’ career record with 351 assists. She helped Bloomsburg to the NCAA Division II Championships all four years, finishing second in the nation in 1991 and third in both 1990 and 1992.
Breneman earned a bachelor’s degree in adult health and cardiac rehabilitation from Bloomsburg in 1993. She was inducted into the Bloomsburg Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Ephrata High School Hall of Fame in 2001.
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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. Last season, 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.
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.
During McKinney’s first season as an assistant coach at
UNCG, the Spartans obtained their best overall record, 38-19, since
the 2003 season. McKinney worked primarily with the outfielders
helping three outfielders earn All-Southern Conference honors in
Allison Geiner (second team, freshman team), Tatiana Alcala (second
team) and Aisha Figueroa at second team utility.
McKinney guided Alcala to throw out six runners from the outfield and she set a new career high with a .984 fielding percentage. McKinney also helped UNCG reach the SoCon title game in her first year at the helm falling in extra innings to Georgia Southern. The Spartans scored the third most runs (290) and the fourth most hits (449) in school history.
McKinney came to UNCG following a one-year stint with NC State as an assistant.
“I am thrilled to add a familiar face to our coaching staff in Brittany McKinney,” said Breneman. “Having the opportunity to coach Brittany for three years I witnessed her ability to lead and her competitive passion for the game of softball. McKinney's experience as a catcher and playing at the professional level will be a great addition to the team. It will be a pleasure to have her here with me to further develop our program.”
In between coaching, McKinney is currently playing her second season for the Carolina Diamonds of the National Pro Fastpitch softball league. In 2011, McKinney posted solid numbers, leading the squad in batting average (.298) and RBI (11) as a rookie. In addition, she was one of two members of the team to be named to the NPF all-star squad.
"I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity to work with Coach Breneman and become a part of the Spartan family,” said McKinney. “I am eager to begin this season and help propel UNCG to the top of the Southern Conference.”
Prior to her professional career, McKinney notched a successful college career at North Carolina, starting all four years at catcher and in the DH slot for the Tar Heels. As a sophomore in 2009, she earned second team All-ACC honors after earning a .305 batting average and throwing out 19 of 27 base stealers from behind the plate.
McKinney excelled in the classroom as well, earning a degree in communications and a minor in coaching in the spring of 2011. She was named to the All-ACC Softball Academic Team three times, and earned Dean's List recognition four semesters throughout her career. As a senior, McKinney received the prestigious UNC Athletic Director's scholar athlete award.