Kimball Cassady was announced as Birmingham-Southern's head softball coach on June 1, 2010, and enters her eighth season at the helm of the program in the fall of 2017. She holds an impressive 205-92-1 career record.
The 2017 season saw two Panthers named National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Americans in Savannah Lee and Haley Crumpton after they earned first-team all-region honors. Lee was also the NCAA Division III statistical champion for home runs and home runs per game. She and Crumpton headlined the six All-SAA nods received by Panthers, the most since 2015.
In 2016, Cassady took the Panthers back to the Southern Athletic Association tournament championship after earning a share of the regular season title by going 16-2 in conference play and 37-10 overall, the most wins in program history to date. Despite falling in the tournament, BSC was ranked as high as No. 6 in the country and went on to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Regionals. Cassady was named SAA Coach of the Year for the historic season and seven Panthers earned all-conference honors, including newcomer of the year Lee. Five in total were named first-team all-conference. Lee along with Crumpton, and Taylor Harkins went on to earn NFCA All-Atlantic Team honors.
Cassady led BSC to a 32-8-1 record in 2015, the second 30-win season of her tenure, and the Panthers advanced to the finals of the SAA championship. Freshman Micaela Beck was named NFCA All-America, becoming Cassady's second All-American. Beck and seniors Taylor Bassett and Alyssa Statham were also named NFCA All-Region. In addition, Beck was named the SAA Newcomer of the Year, Harkins repeated as the SAA Pitcher of the Year, and seven Panthers earned all-conference nods.
In her fourth year at the helm of the program in 2014, Cassady guided the Panthers to the SAA title, her second conference title in four seasons on the Hilltop after winning the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference crown in 2012.
To win the 2014 championship, BSC put together an astounding performance in the double-elimination tournament, winning five straight elimination games, including four in one day, to win the crown. BSC went 29-18 with a 19-5 mark in SAA action. Harkins, a freshman, was voted pitcher of the year by the league's head coaches, and eight players earned all-conference honors.
Prior to that in 2013, Cassady's squad went 28-18, falling in the SAA title game to Millsaps. Bassett was named SAA Player of the Year and NFCA First-Team All-Region and Third-Team All-America, and five of Cassady's players picked up All-SAA nods that season.
In 2012, Cassady and her Panthers won the SCAC title and she was named SCAC Co-Coach of the Year. The Panthers were an impressive 36-11 overall with a berth to the NCAA Championship. BSC went 2-2 at the UT Tyler Regional, including a win against No. 13 Redlands. In addition to the coach of the year honor, senior Ashley Bice was voted tri-player of the year, freshman Bethany Fronk was voted pitcher of the year, and four Panthers were tabbed to all-conference teams.
Cassady made a splash in her debut season as head coach, guiding the team to the 2011 SCAC East Region title with only 10 players on the roster. The Panthers went 25-9 overall and 13-3 against conference opponents. Five of Cassady's players earned all-conference honors, as Bice and Danielle Rucker were named to the SCAC First Team, Ronni Ferris and Brittany Berkopec were named second-team, and Chelsea Fernandez was honorable mention. Ferris was also named 2011 BSC Co-Female Athlete of the Year.
No stranger to Panther softball, Cassady served as assistant on Tyra Perry's staff from 2002-04. As an assistant on BSC's first softball team she helped build the Panthers into the strong program they are today. 'Southern won 68 games in those first three seasons including a 6-6 Big South record in 2004.
Cassady, an All-American at Hewitt Trussville High School, was a standout third baseman for the Auburn Tigers from 1998-2001. She also spent one year as a student assistant at Auburn before coming to 'Southern.
While playing for the Tigers she set a school record for assists with 366 in four years as a starter. She was a two-year team captain and three-time selection for the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
For three seasons before coming to BSC, Cassady served as head coach at Clay-Chalkville High School where she led the Cougars to three consecutive area championships.
Cassady is married to Linc Cassady, and the couple has one son, Rucker. They are members of A2 Church in Vestavia Hills, Ala.