Saenz records 500th career win
03.14.2017 | By Amanda Fenwick
HOUSTON – San Jacinto College Head Softball Coach Kelly Saenz recorded her 500th career win on Friday, March 3, with a 9-1 win against Coastal Bend College.
Saenz, who is now in her 14th year at the helm of the San Jac softball program, is now 503-319 all-time, which includes a one-year stint at Frank Phillips College in 2003.
“Getting 500 wins is very humbling, especially being able to do it at just two schools,” said Saenz, whose San Jac team is currently ranked 12th in the nation. “The thing that stands out the most is the consistency in the winning tradition here at San Jacinto College.”
Since Saenz was named the San Jacinto College head coach in 2004, her teams have won 61 percent of their games and have made three National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournament appearances, most recently in 2016. She was inducted into the Softball Canada Hall of Fame in 2015 for her efforts on the Smitty Midget girls division team that won a three consecutive Canadian championships from 1994 to 1996. She is also a member of the Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame (2014).
“Coach Saenz has impacted my life tremendously on and off the field. She has taught me how to become a better person and athlete,” said sophomore Alexis DeLeon (Katy / Morton Ranch HS). “Every day at practice, no matter what is going on in our life, she is constantly reminding us to always perceive confidence in ourselves. There is never a dull moment with her either. She is always keeping us on her toes and making us laugh with all her jokes. Overall, she is an amazing person.”
In her 14 years at San Jacinto College, 53 softball student-athletes have received NJCAA Region XIV all-region honors, 50 have been named to the all-conference team, and she has coached one all-region MVP. Three players have been named to the NJCAA World Series all-tournament team. The National Fastpitch Coaches Association has also recognized 28 softball student-athletes as all-Midwest region and 10 as all-Americans.
“I’m looking forward to continuing the tradition here at San Jac by bringing in good student-athletes and moving them on to four-year institutions,” added Saenz, who has helped 46 of her players sign National Letters of Intent at four-year colleges or universities, of which 90 percent have successfully earned at least their bachelor’s degree.
“This is a great honor for Coach Saenz,” said Dr. Allatia Harris, vice chancellor for strategic initiatives. “We are extremely proud of her and the success of her team on and off the field.”
San Jac (20-12, 5-1) heads to Alvin College on Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18 against Galveston College before returning home on March 22 to face Neosho Community College. All San Jacinto College softball home games are played on the softball field on the South Campus.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 finalist and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.