There’s a new Assistant Coach in town. The softball team at Sonoma State has just added Kaelene Curry as a member to its coaching staff. Originally from Chicago, Curry’s experience with the game dates back to her playing days in the first grade. She continued playing through college where she was a University of Missouri-Kansas Kangaroo for four years and during that time the team experienced a big season during her junior year.
“We made great strides as a team…we went from winning eight games to 38 games [her junior year]…we went on to postseason and conference tournaments. It was awesome to be a part of,” Curry explained.
In addition to the team’s overall success, Curry was named Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year. During her career, Curry enjoyed the opportunity to play at Auburn University and the University of Hawaii and says her favorite part of Kangaroo softball was “being part of a program at that caliber and level of play.“ She added that, “[softball] basically being her job throughout college was a really cool experience.”
She graduated as a Kangaroo in 2012 but her time in college didn’t end there. Curry continued her academic pursuit at the University of Denver where she obtained a Master’s Degree in Sports Psychology. While in Colorado, she also spent two years as a Volunteer Assistant Coach at Northern Colorado.
Beyond softball, Curry said it “would be a dream” if she could do professional Sports Psychology consulting in the future.
Curry only recently moved to the area from Denver but mentions that Rohnert Park is similar, “because you can go to the city, you can go camping, you can go to the mountains, and here you can go to the ocean which is great, so right now this feels like a vacation.”
If she could meet any coach or player she admires, it would be coach Sue Enquist, whom she already met at a conference in Colorado where she was a real student of the game. Curry said she and the other coaches “picked her brain a little bit and asked her some questions. She’s like the John Wooden of softball so she’s big time.”
She was a Kangaroo as a player, a Seawolf as a coach now, but what if she could have her own team?
“It’d be cool to be the Caterpillars or something. The Goldfish. Something not intimidating so it’d just be kinda goofy,” Curry mentioned. She also thought of options like the Golden Retrievers, Jackalopes and Robots.
Apparently the love of the game runs in her family. Curry has a brother who is a professional baseball coach in the Miami Marlins organization.
Welcome Kaelene Curry to Sonoma State University and best of luck with the softball program in the 2015 season.