John Kennedy

Head Coach


Coach Kennedy completed his sixth season as Head Softball Coach for Lindenwood University-Belleville during the spring of 2017.  The Lady Lynx started by traveling to Alexandria, LA and facing LSU Alexandria, TX-Wes, and Div I’s Grambling & AR Pine Bluff de

feating each of the Div I’s.  LU-Belleville traveled to Fayetteville, AR and faced defending NAIA national champion Oklahoma City, Hastings, NE, and Oklahoma Science & Arts defeating the last two finishing runner-up to OK City for the tournament.  LU traveled to New Albany, IN and swept the tournament from IN Southeast and Taylor Univ. four games.  They competed in the AMC conference for the 3rd season and went 17-7 (4th place), 41-16 overall.


Four Lady Lynx were named AMC All-Conference for 2017 with Taylor Winn as AMC “Pitcher of the Year” as well as Madison Mountain at 1st Team while Riley Wells and Kaitlin Grohman were named to 2nd Team.  Twenty Lady Lynx were named to AMC Academic All-Conference including: Amanda Velasquez, Payton Curtis, Madison Mountain, Emily Ray, Paige Kuefler, Hannah Spears, Erin Skinner, Kaitlin Grohman, Lexi Law, Katie DeLuka, Zoie Villa, Julissa Toledo, Madison Stapleton, and Riley Wells.  Senior 1st Base Rebecca Touchette was also distinguished in being named NAIA Coaches Character Award.


In 2014, the Lady Lynx captured their 2nd consecutive USCAA National Championship with a rain shortened three game sweep to become the first-ever LU-Belleville back-to-back National Champions in any sport finishing with a 35-23-1 overall record.




Assistant Coach


Bill Witherspoon enters his fourth season with the Lady Lynx with several years of softball experience as a player, and coach.


Coach Witherspoon most recently has been a coach for the St. Synergy women’s fast pitch Team from 2011 to present. He has also been a coach in select softball for the last 11 years in the St. Louis area. Coach Witherspoon has a 10 year background in personal training and nutrition. As a player, he played over 15 years in competive, rec, and co-ed slow-pitch softball.


This season Coach Witherspoon will work primarily on bunting, slap-hitters, and the outfield.



Assistant Coach
Coach Roberts Saito is entering her fifth season as Assistant Coachat Lindenwood
University-Belleville. She has been coaching with Coach Kennedy since 2008 at Maryville University.

Saito, a St. Louis native, attended Lindbergh High School and lettered in three sports (softball, basketball, and track). Though a multi-sport athlete, Roberts excelled in softball and was a top offensive producer on her team as she cycled from playing time in the outfield and at shortstop.


Additional Staff

Laural Sagartz

Volunteer Assistant Coach

Mike Kuefler

Volunteer Assistant Coach

Mike Fitzgerald

Volunteer Assistant Coach

Tom Clowdus

Volunteer Assistant Coach

Doug Elbe

Volunteer Assistant Coach

Nafeesa Witherspoon

Graduate Assistant Coach

Shannon Elbe

Graduate Assistant Coach