Kansas City softball welcomes new Head Coach Kerry Shaw

The Kansas City softball team is getting a fresh start this season with a new coaching staff, including Head Coach Kerry Shaw.

Shaw, who was raised in Kansas City, coached at the University of Texas last year and brings 25 years of coaching experience to Kansas City Athletics. Shaw said he can help the softball program improve upon last year’s performance.

“I bring a passion of a local upbringing in the area,” said Shaw. It’s important to me that Kansas City softball becomes competitive. I am well-rounded to coach in every area of the game.”

Shaw has learned a lot during his years coaching, and he wants to use these experiences to Kansas City’s advantage.

“All of my experiences have taught me how important relationships and team chemistry are to a team’s success,” said Shaw. “The most talented teams do not always win. If a team has positive chemistry and relationships, they tend to have consistent success for a longer period of time.”

Shaw has monumental plans for Kansas City’s softball program, this season and beyond.

“Short term, make the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history, and play consistently well,” said Shaw. “For the long term, compete for titles year in and year out, and knock off some of the top teams.”
Kansas City has always been home for Shaw, and he feels fortunate to now coach at Kansas City Athletics.

“I chose this job because I had the opportunity to be a head coach,” said Shaw. “This is where my kids and grandkids are. I feel very blessed to be close to my family. Being near family is always a bonus.”

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