Mark Redburn has the Southeast Missouri softball program moving in the right direction entering his second year at the helm.
Redburn, who coaches the 40th team in Southeast softball history, guided the Redhawks to an overall record of 19-27 and 12-12 in Ohio Valley Conference play last season. His 19 victories came after Southeast won no more than 15 games in each of the previous two seasons. Redburn’s first club at Southeast also had 12 OVC wins, a +9 increase from the 2014 campaign. In addition, the Redhawks made the OVC Tournament, snapping a streak of three years where they missed the event.
Not only did Redburn earn his 100th career NCAA Division I win in his inaugural season with the Redhawks, but he coached three All-OVC selections and one National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Region honoree.
Statistically, Southeast finished among the top-five OVC teams in batting average (3rd), slugging percentage (5th), on-base percentage (5th) and hits (5th). The 2015 Redhawks also broke two single-season records with Kayla Fortner establishing new marks in home runs and walks. Southeast tied the OVC single-game mark and set a single-game school record with six home runs, as well.
Kristen Jones joined the Southeast Missouri softball staff as an assistant coach on Oct. 20, 2015.
Jones previously worked as the Coordinator of New Media and Championships for the Peach Belt Conference in Augusta, Georgia. Jones was in charge of designing championship logos and championship printed materials, website maintenance and multimedia content. She also wrote and published press releases, while managing the conference’s day-to-day social media accounts.
Jones first joined the Peach Belt Conference as a New Media & Programming Intern, a position she held until from January 2012-June 2014. She then moved to full-time status in July 2014.