University of Louisville Athletics
University of Louisville head softball coach Sandy Pearsall has announced that former Cardinals standout Kassie Stanfill will return her alma mater as an assistant coach. Stanfill, who played for UofL from 2006 through 2009, will work primarily with the pitchers and will assist with defense and the development of slap hitters.
“Kassie was a great player and a tremendous leader in the program,” said Pearsall. “She has the ability to take our pitchers in the right direction and I believe she will excel in that area. Kassie been an assistant under some very good coaches and she’s going to bring what she has learned back to our program. She will help take us to the next level.”
Stanfill joins the Cardinals after serving as an associate head coach at Illinois during the 2015-16 season. While with the Illini, she worked primarily with the pitchers and catchers and helped guide the Illini an NCAA regional appearance and an 36-23 overall record – the fifth-most wins in program history.
Prior to her stint at Illinois, Stanfill spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Ball State (2013-15). During her time there, BSU compiled a 104-61 record and captured three consecutive Mid-American Conference (MAC) West titles, the 2015 MAC Tournament Championship and made an NCAA regional appearance in 2015.
Stanfill began her college coaching career at Middle Tennessee State University, where she was responsible for developing the hitters and outfielders. She helped the Blue Raider offense register a program-record 41 home runs in 2012, while the team’s batting average climbed from .247 to .272 over her two seasons on staff.
While at Louisville, Stanfill was a four-year starter and a two-time team captain. She played several positions throughout her career, splitting time between the outfield and pitcher her first three seasons. After injury forced an early end to her pitching career, Stanfill became the Cardinals’ starting first baseman in 2009. The two-time All-Big East Third Team selection was a .293 career hitter and posted a 27-13 record in 68 pitching appearances with a 2.72 ERA and 227 strikeouts. She still ranks in the school’s career top 10 in several categories including: triples, saves, strikeouts (pitching), lowest ERA and opponent batting average and games finished.
During her playing career, Stanfill helped the Cardinals to a pair of BIG EAST Championships (2006 and 2007)and four straight NCAA regional appearances. Her senior season saw Louisville become an NCAA regional host site for the first time in program history.
“I would like to thank Tom Jurich and Sandy Pearsall for giving me the opportunity to coach at the University of Louisville,” said Stanfill. “I am very excited to be home. I know the town and the culture here; I understand the proud traditions at the UofL academically and athletically. Throughout the years that Coach Pearsall has coached here, the program has had a great deal of success. I am honored that she trusts my ability to help this program achieve its goals.”
The Goodlettsville, Tenn., native earned her Bachelor of Health and Sports Studies December, 2009 after majoring in exercise science and earned a minor in communications.