Kenzie Roark will coach pitchers
Spartanburg, S.C. -- Former Mt. Juliet High all-stater and Virginia Tech record setter Kenzie Roark has been hired as the pitching coach for the University of South Carolina Upstate Spartans.
Born in Nashville, Roark grew up in Mt. Juliet. She graduated from Mt. Juliet High and helped lead the Lady Bears to two state runner-up finishes.
She had a tremendous senior season and garnered several honors, including both MVP of District 9AAA and the district tournament.
Roark earned TSWA Class AAA All-State honors and first team All-Midstate honors after going 29-7 with a 0.14 ERA and 342 strikeouts in 227 innings.
She threw two perfect games, nine no-hitters and 15 shutouts. She was also named the MVP of the Tennessee-Kentucky all-star series after striking out 13 batters in a no-hit outing.
She was a second team all-state selection as a junior in 2006. Also a standout in the classroom, she earned Gold Club induction for academic excellence.
Roark was the ace of the staff for three of her four years at Virginia Tech and was an ACC All-Tournament and Player of the Week selection during her career.
As a freshman, she was the No. 2 pitcher behind All-American Angela Tincher and helped lead the Hokies win the ACC Championship and earn an appearance in the 2008 College World Series.
Roark ended her collegiate playing career as one of the all-time great pitchers in Virginia Tech history.
In addition to her team's accomplishments, Roark ranks second all-time with 155 career appearances, fourth with 510 strikeouts and 661.1 innings pitched, and sixth with 51 wins and a .254 opponent batting average.
Roark began her coaching career as a student assistant at Virginia Tech from 2011-12 after completing a standout career with the Hokies.
She was part of a coaching staff that was named the 2012 NFCA Mid-Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year and helped guide the Hokies to a 2.52 team ERA.
After graduating with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Roark was named the assistant coach at East Tennesse
e State where she assisted in all phases of the program, including heading up the pitching staff.
In 2014, she helped lead the Lady Bucs to the most wins in the program since 2010.
USC Upstate is coming off the best season in the history of the program in 2014 --having won a school record 46 games (46-9), one shy of the all-time program record of 47 set in 2007 in the school's final season playing on the Division II level.