Welcome to the Ohio University Softball Camp Website!
We are excited to share our passion and love of the game with you. We are committed to providing an excellent learning environment, accessibility to student-athletes and coaches, and a low coach-to-camper ratio. We will provide opportunities to improve your technical skills and knowledge of the game while having fun. We promise that you will be tired after your session of hard work with us! Ohio Softball is looking forward to working with YOU at camp!
Ohio Softball Field
104 S Convocation Center, Athens, OH 45701
The Ohio Softball Field is one of the finest intercollegiate softball facilitie in the region, with a state-of-the-art playing surface and drainage system.Completed during the spring of 1999, the field stands alongside Bob Wren Stadium as just one of the venues that make up the Ohio Athletics Mall. Included among the amenities of the stadium are bullpens behind both the home and visitor sunken dugouts and a covered batting cage between the baseball and softball fields.In the summer of 2003, a new digital scoreboard was installed with more renovations being planned for the future. In 2017, permanent stadium bleachers and a coverd press box were set in place with more aesthetic designs to be completed in years to come.
50 South Green Drive, Athens, OH 45701
The Walter Fieldhouse is Campus Recreation’s newest facility completed in 2014. The 93,750 square foot indoor multipurpose pavilion houses a 100 yard AstroTurf football field with 2, 10-yard end zones, 2 All-American scoreboards, a 4-lane, 316 meter practice track, long jump and pole vault pits, golf and hitting cages, 2 filming platforms, and a netting system that can accommodate multiple and simultaneous events. The Walter Fieldhouse will be utilized for academic classes, OHIO Athletics, Marching 110 practices, Army and Air Force ROTC training, Intramural and Club Sports, and is also be open to all Ohio University students and the community during “Open Recreation” hours.
Kenzie Roark was named the 11th head coach in the history of the Ohio softball program, as announced by Director of Athletics Jim Schaus on Saturday (Aug. 25).
"Congrats to Kenzie Roark as our new head softball coach," Schaus said. "Kenzie is a grand slam hire, and we couldn't be more excited. She is well respected as a top pitching coach who has played a big role in South Carolina Upstate's position as a top Division I softball program, and one that has been to the NCAA Tournament five out of the last six years. Kenzie has tremendous energy, a strong competitive spirit and has a reputation as a players' coach who is great with her student-athletes. The future is bright under Kenzie's leadership."
In her four years at USC Upstate as the Spartans' pitching coach, Roark helped coach a team to three NCAA Tournament appearances (2015, '16 and '17). USC Upstate won the Atlantic Sun Conference Regular Season Championship in 2015 and 2017, and won the ASUN Tournament Championship in 2015, '16 and '17. The Spartans also complied three 40-win seasons during her time there, including a 45-13 record in 2017.
During her four seasons leading the pitching staff, the USC Upstate staff had the ASUN's top ERA in three-straight seasons from 2015-17. In 2017, the Spartans' pitching staff ranked sixth nationally with a 1.42 ERA, and in 2015, the staff was ranked 25thnationally, with a 2.46 ERA.
Roark coached two ASUN Pitchers of the year in Holly McKinnon (2017) and Lexi Shubert (2015). She also coached three ASUN All-Conference pitchers and one ASUN All-Freshman Team performer. She also had three pitchers named to the ASUN All-Tournament Team and one ASUN Tournament MVP.
Roark helped coach McKinnon to a National Fastpitch Coaches Association Third Team All-Region honor in 2017, and an NFCA Second Team All-Region recognition for Shubert in 2015. In 2015, Shubert won 34 games, which second in the nation. She tossed 33 complete games, which is tied for second-most all time in a single season in the ASUN.
"I want to thank Jim Schaus and Amy Dean for putting the future of Bobcat softball in my hands," Roark said. "I'm so honored to be taking over a program that has such an incredible foundation already set. I could not be more thankful for this opportunity, and I look forward to continuing the success of Ohio University Softball."
Roark came to Upstate after serving as the pitching coach at East Tennessee State from 2012-14. She assisted in all phases of the program, including heading up the pitching staff. She helped lead the Lady Bucs to their most wins since 2010 in 2014.
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.
Roark was the ace of the staff for three of her four years at Virginia Tech and was an Atlantic Coast Conference 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 to the ACC Championship and 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, a native of Nashville, Tenn., graduated from Virginia Tech in 2012 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Ashley Taylor-Assistant Coach
Ashley Taylor begins her first season as as assistant coach with the Bobcats.
Taylor comes to Ohio after one year as the assistant softball coach at Tennessee Tech., after a successful collegiate career at Austin Peay.
During her time at Tennessee Tech, Taylor assisted in all facets of the program, from organizing and planning practices, specifically skill work including base running, hitting and catchers skill work, ran outfield warm-up, organized pre-game protocols, while also assisting with recruiting tasks and office duties. With 10 plus years of collegiate camp coaching experience, including USC Upstate Elite 80 Camp, Fastpitch Master Elite Camp, University of Tennessee Summer Pitching and Catching Camp and University of Missouri Summer Elite Camp, Taylor also designed and set up camps and clinic events such as their Christmas camp with 300 plus campers.
Prior to her time at Tennessee Tech, Taylor was a graduate assistant (2009-11), and then hired on staff as the assistant softball coach at Belmont University (2012-14) before advancing in career to head softball coach at Centre College.
In her time at Centre College, she led in all facets of the program, from scheduling and recruiting to practice planning and field preparation to organizing camps and clinics to in game duties such as hitting adjustments and pitch calling. Taylor also doubled as their External Relations Assistant, Community Service Coordinator and Student Athlete Advisory Committee Liaison. She organized most community service projects by their 21 teams, assisted in various aspects with external relations team and in managing SAAC bi-monthly meetings, guest speakers and leadership presentations all while performing the duties of a head softball coach.
Taylor received her bachelor's degree in special education from Austin Peay in 2009, while earning her master's in sport administration from Belmont in 2011.
Garrett Furnal- Assistant Coach
Garrett Furnal begins his first season as an assistant coach at Ohio.
Furnal spent last season at UNC Wilmington. In 2018, UNCW advanced to the CAA tournament for the second consecutive year. The CAA head softball coaches in the conference identified UNCW sophomore Dominique Travers and freshman Emily Langkamp as top athletes in the conference. Langkamp was also named All-Rookie Team after starting all 49 games recording the fewest strikeouts on the team. Two other girls joined the 100-Hit Club and multiple athletes received spots on the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association All-State Second Team.
“First and foremost, I’d like to thank Coach Roark for this opportunity to work at Ohio University,” Furnal said. “I’ve had the privilege of coaching against her in years past, and I’ve always admired how she coaches the game. When it comes to being softball savvy and how she handles herself on and off the field, you won’t find a better quality person. With that said, I’m very excited to work with this team and to continue to build off the recent success they’ve had.”
In 2017, Furnal’s first year at UNCW, Seahawks won 35 regular season games and qualified for the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament for the first time in a decade. They also set a program record with a .977 fielding percentage, putting them at fifth out of all Division One teams in the country. Kelsey Bryen became the first Seahawk to be named CAA Defensive Player-of-the-Year. Bryan, among others, earned CAA Player-of-the-Week honors throughout the season.
Prior to UNCW, Furnal spent three seasons at Presbyterian College in South Carolina. The Blue Hose 2014 season came to a close one win short of qualifying for the NCAA tournament, making it to the Big South Tournament Championship for the first time in program history. The team continued to improve in 2015 and in 2016 the team broke multiple program records.
During the 2015 campaign, Furnal coached three athletes with All-Conference honors, setting a Presbyterian College record at the time. Erin Ruff, Shelby Petik and Jill McLean made the Big South All-Conference First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention, respectively. In 2016, four Blue Hens, including Erin Ruff, were selected for Big South All-Conference teams, breaking the program record again.
Furnal began his coaching career at the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2013. Under his instruction, the Warhawks’ team batting average improved by 58 points. The team’s increased productivity at the plate resulted in nearly 100 more runs, hits and RBIs compared to the previous season. These improvements led to multiple athletes being named to All-Conference Teams for the first time since 2006; Miyuki Navarrete earned All Sun Belt Conference Second Team honors and Rochelle Roberts earned both All Sun Belt Conference First Team honors as well as the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year title under Furnal’s guidance.