Kerry Crum has been named the Head Women's Softball Coach at Blackburn College beginning with the 2016 spring season. Crum comes to Blackburn after serving at Head Women's Softball Coach at Benedictine University of Springfield. During his first two seasons at Benedictine his teams saw a win increase of 17 games.
Prior to Benedictine, Crum was head coach at Springfield Southeast High School for 15 seasons. During his term at Southeast, his teams won 300 contests, four conference championships and the school's only regional championship.
Crum was a competitive fast pitch softball player for over 30 years and continues to teach pitching lessons in the Springfield area.
At native of Brockton, Illinois, a small town in Eastern Illinois, Crum played baseball at Parkland Junior College in Champaign, Illinois before graduating from the University of Illinois in 1975. Crum later obtained his master's degree in 1988 from Sangamon State University which is now the University of Illinois at Springfield.
Beginning his first season, Crum said, "I have been totally impressed by the enthusiasm by the kids I've inherited. I'm really looking forward to building this program for the next five to six years."
Blackburn Athletic Director John Malin said about Crum, "We are very pleased to have Kerry Crum join us after a long history of success in the softball ranks, We really look forward to the positive impact to our program that Coach Crum will bring!"
STORY COURTESY OF BLACKBURN COLLEGE SPORTS INFORMATION OFFICE