Head Coach, Softball
Jerry Breaux was named the head coach of the Drury University softball program on June 20, 2017 and brings 24 years of experience as a collegiate head coach, more than 700 career wins and 12 conference championships to the program at Drury.
For the last two years, Breaux has been at Louisiana State University at Alexandria where he went 99-22, won a pair of conference titles going 50-5 in the Red River Athletic Conference and advanced to the NAIA national tournament both years. In 2017, his team went 52-10, 27-1 in league play, and advanced to the NAIA World Series where the Generals finished third nationally.
Breaux spent 22 years as the head softball coach at Evangel University where he took over a program in its sixth year of existence in 1993 and produced 10 Heart of America Athletic Conference championships, nine appearances in NAIA regional tournaments and the 2006 NAIA Softball World Series during two decades. He coached the Crusaders to 640 of its 661 all-time wins in the program's first 28 years going 640-382-2. Breaux was named the NAIA Region V Coach of the Year twice as well as the Heart of America conference Coach of the Year six times. His teams at Evangel won a league-record six straight conference titles from 2004 to 2009 and Breaux was inducted into the Evangel University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.
In addition to his team success, Breaux's players earned conference and national honors as well. He coached six players to Heart of America conference Player of the Year awards, had five named conference Pitcher of the Year, four were named league Newcomer of the Year and two players won Freshman of the Year awards. He had two NAIA Region V Players of the Year in addition to 12 NAIA All-Americans, 141 all-conference award winners with 62 of them being named to the First Team. At LSU-A, Breaux coached seven NAIA All-Americans and had 13 named All-Red River Athletic Conference performers in two years.
His teams have also been successful academically. His 2008 Evangel team featured a 3.68 grade point average, the highest mark nationally in the NAIA and the second highest GPA at any level of the sport that year. Two of his Evangel teams won NAIA Team Scholar Awards and 45 players earned national academic honors from the NAIA.
Breaux is one of only 45 active head collegiate softball coaches outside of the NCAA-I level to have 700 career wins as he has an overall record of 739-408-2. He exits the NAIA tied for fifth in all-time wins among active coaches. Within conference play, his teams have gone 328-117-1 during his 24-year career. Breaux was honored by the National Fast-Pitch Coaches Association for his 500th career win in 2011, his 600th win in 2014 and his 700th career victory in 2017.
During his time in Springfield, Breaux served on the coaching staff of an area collegiate all-star team in 2008 that competed against the USA Olympic team and he has coordinated instructional camps that featured former US Olympic players Crystl Bustos and Caitlin Lowe.
In addition to his duties as a head softball coach, Breaux served LSU-A as an assistant athletic director and was the recruiting coordinator for Evangel Athletics assisting in the recruiting and admissions process for each of the university's 12 sports. He is a 1982 graduate of Evangel University with degrees in Psychology and Theology and he earned a Master's degree from Missouri State in Counseling Psychology in 1986.
Breaux is the third head coach in Drury’s 10-year history of the program.
Originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, Breaux and his wife Mary reside in Ozark, Missouri.
Assistant Coach, Softball
Kevin Kennedy enters his first year as an assistant softball coach for Drury University. Kennedy comes back to Springfield with head coach Jerry Breaux, who he has worked with as an assistant for more than 12 seasons.
Kennedy was an assistant coach at LSU-Alexandria in 2016 and 2017 and helped the Generals to a 99-22 record through those two seasons in addition to two NAIA national tournament appearances and a third place finish nationally in 2017. In addition to his coaching duties with the Generals, Kennedy was a member of the faculty at University Academy of Central Louisiana teaching United States history and Western Civilizations classes.
He was previously at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri and served the athletics department in a variety of roles for more than 16 years that included time as an assistant softball coach, sports information director, game operations director and coordinator of the campus' Fellowship of Christian Athletes affilitation.
As an assistant softball coach for the Crusaders from 2000 to 2009, he was a part of seven Heart of America conference championships, nine appearances in NAIA Region V tournaments and the school’s 2006 NAIA World Series appearance. Kennedy worked with slap hitters, outfielders and handled a variety of operational duties for the softball program.
In addition to coaching at Evangel, Kennedy was on the coaching staff for a collegiate all-star team that played against the 2004 USA Olympic Softball Team as part of Team USA’s exhibition tour prior to the Olympic Games.
Kennedy also teamed with Breaux on Evangel softball camps that featured instruction from USA Olympic players Crystl Bustos and Caitlin Lowe. He also provided private hitting lessons to softball middle school and high school players seeing several advance to the collegiate level including NCAA Division I programs.
From 2009 to 2015, Kennedy was Evangel University’s sports information director. He oversaw operations of Evangel home athletic events and facilities, produced team publications and worked with the NAIA’s sports information staff for five years at the NAIA-I men’s basketball national championship tournament in Kansas City. Kennedy helped develop the university’s first website dedicated to athletics in 2014 and played a key role in expanding the school’s on-line sports broadcast coverage. He served as the NAIA liaison and site administrator for the Opening Round of NAIA National Volleyball Championship hosted by Evangel in 2015.
Kennedy graduated from Evangel University in 2003 with a degree in history. Originally from San Diego, California, he graduated from Grossmont High School and resides in Springfield.