Kendall Dawson joined the Saint Leo University softball coaching staff in January 2013 after an outstanding playing career at the University of Alabama. The former catcher played four years as a member of the Crimson Tide and was a National Champion in 2012, her senior season.
Dawson serves as the team's bench coach and assists Kinberger in both infield and catcher development. Additionally, she is also the team's academic liaison, in addition to recruiting and travel coordinator.
Off the field, the Saint Leo softball team saw an increase in team GPA. In 2013-14, prior to the new leadership in coaching, the team reported a 3.29 GPA. In just one full season, the Lions increased their academics to a 3.395 GPA in the 2014-15 school year, and an especially impressive 3.41 in the spring semester.
Following the 2015 season, Dawson saw two of her infielders earn All-SSC honors. Saint Leo finished the season ranked first in the SSC in ERA (1.23), scoring (5.39), stolen bases per game (1.96), triples per game (0.27), and win percentage (0.765). The Lions’ ERA also ranked second in all of NCAA Division II.
A native of Plant City, Fla., Dawson spent four seasons with the Alabama Crimson Tide. While in Tuscaloosa, Dawson was a two-time Southeastern Conference All-Defensive team honoree, as well as an All-SEC second team selection as a senior. Academically, Dawson also excelled as she earned her place on the SEC Academic Honor Roll as a junior and senior.
On the field, Dawson reigned supreme behind the plate compiling a .988 fielding percentage. In total, she committed only 18 errors in 1,507 chances and threw-out a program-record 44-of-80 base runners.
Her four-year efforts on the field culminated with the Crimson Tide winning the 2012 College World Series over the Oklahoma Sooners, two games to one.
Dawson's best all-around season came as a junior as she threw-out 17-of-22 base runners, while posting a career-best 21 RBI.
Playing in 201 total contests, Dawson made 161 starts. The defensive standout also shined at the plate as she collected 23 extra-base hits and 57 RBI over the course of her four seasons.