Kerri Blaylock
    Kerri Blaylock

    Hometown:
    Herrin, Ill.

    Position:
    Head Coach

    Experience:
    15th Year

    Alma Mater:
    Evansville (1988)


    04/25/2014

    SIU @ WSU: Game Notes and Links

    Salukis take on league-leading Wichita State April 26-27

    04/24/2014

    SIU Starts Fast in 9-0 Run-Rule Win over UT-Martin

    Gonzalez's homer, Orsburn's pitching prove too much for Skyhawks

    04/22/2014

    Salukis Can't Complete Another Comeback, Fall to Evansville 4-2

    Loss snaps SIU's seven-game MVC winning streak

    04/21/2014

    SIU @ UE, vs. UTM: Game Notes and Links

    Salukis go for season sweep of UE in Evansville Tuesday, return home to host UT-Martin on Thursday

    04/19/2014

    Salukis Complete Three-Game Sweep of Loyola, Win Seventh Straight

    SIU improves to 5-0 in third game of MVC series

    03/30/2014

    SIU at Missouri State, 3/29-30/14

    SIU at Missouri State, 3/29-30/14

    03/17/2014

    SIU vs. UNI 3/15/14

    SIU vs. UNI 3/15/14

    04/28/2013

    Softball vs. Bradley

    Softball vs. Bradley

    04/13/2013

    Softball vs. Missouri State

    Softball vs. Missouri State

    04/07/2013

    Softball vs. Wichita State (Game 3)

    Softball vs. Wichita State (Game 3)

    E-mail Coach Blaylock

    Updated Feb. 3, 2014

    The official slogan for Saluki softball is "A Tradition of Excellence." Kerri Blaylock has been a major contributor to that tradition as she enters her 15th season as the team's head coach and her 24th overall year with the program.

    Including her nine seasons as an assistant under her mentor, Saluki Hall of Famer Kay Brechtelsbauer, and her 14 years as the team's skipper, Blaylock has helped Saluki softball maintain its position as one of the elite programs in the Missouri Valley Conference while elevating the program to national prominence. All told, SIU has won four conference titles and made six NCAA Tournament appearances with Blaylock on the staff.

    As a head coach, Blaylock has led SIU to more than 500 wins and three MVC titles with five NCAA Tournament appearances while producing 69 All-Conference selections. Entering the 2014 season, Blaylock ranks first among active MVC coaches in career winning percentage (.670) with a record of 513-253. That ranks her 22nd nationally in winning percentage among active Division I coaches with five years of service or more. She holds a .700 winning percentage in MVC games (231-99) and has been a member of five MVC Coaching Staffs of the Year.

    Blaylock's specialty is pitching. Her staff led the MVC in overall ERA every year except one between 1997 and 2006. SIU also led the league in strikeouts for five consecutive years from 1998 to 2002, setting an MVC record with 500 strikeouts in 2000. Two of the three All-Americans in SIU history were pitchers under Blaylock, including Jamie Schuttek (Third-Team, 1997) and Erin Stremsterfer (Third-Team, 2001). Southern has had the MVC Pitcher of the Year four times during Blaylock's tenure, including Stremsterfer (2001), Amy Harrre (2005), Cassidy Scoggins (2006) and Danielle Glosson (2010).

    In addition to Southern's on-field success, Blaylock's teams have consistently ranked among the nation's best in the classroom as well. SIU has ranked among the top 20 nationally in team GPA every season since 2001 with seven top-five finishes. The Salukis ranked second nationally for team GPA in both 2007 and 2011. SIU players have earned 74 MVC Scholar-Athlete awards and 11 Academic All-America honors under Blaylock.

    YEAR-BY-YEAR AT SIU
    Blaylock took the reins of the program in 2000 after the retirement of Kay Brechtelsbauer, who coached SIU for 32 years. Blaylock served nine seasons as an assistant under Brechtelsbauer, including five as the team's pitching coach.

    Saluki softball didn't falter during the transition from Brechtelsbauer to Blaylock. As a first-year head coach in 2000, Blaylock led SIU to a 41-22 record, the first 40-win season since the Salukis went 41-16 in 1997. SIU hasn't won fewer than 30 games or finished worse than fourth in the MVC in the 12 seasons since.

    SIU finished in the top three in the MVC each year from 2001-03 with Blaylock's staff earning MVC Coaching Staff of the Year in both 2002 and 2003. Individually, SIU had the MVC's Rookie of the Year in both 2002 (Amy Harre) and 2003 (Katie Louis). The 2003 Salukis went 39-14 and earned the program's first NCAA Tournament bid since 1991. SIU advanced to the Regional final in the 2003 NCAA Tournament for the program's first-ever Sweet 16 appearance.

    Blaylock broke through with her first MVC championship in 2004, setting a then-program record for wins with a 45-17 overall record with an 18-6 mark in the Valley. The Salukis followed up by setting a new MVC record for wins in 2005 that still stands today. SIU went 47-14 and set a program record for conference wins with a 24-3 mark in the Valley to win its second-consecutive MVC title. The 2004 and 2005 teams both advanced to the NCAA Tournament and Blaylock's staff also made it four-straight seasons by being named the MVC's Staff of the Year in 2004 and 2005.

    SIU stretched its streak of consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances to five-straight, earning at-large bids in both 2006 and 2007. The 2007 squad spent a school-record 13-consecutive weeks ranked in the top 25 nationally, including a program-best No. 18 ranking.

    SIU finished third in the MVC in 2008 with Lauren Haas earning the program's first Valley Player of the Year honor since 1997. In 2009, SIU had its best start in school history at 13-1 and went on to finish second in the MVC. The Salukis made it back into the national rankings again in 2009, tying a program-best by elevating as high as No. 18.

    The 2010 season saw SIU climb back atop the MVC standings for the third Valley title of the Blaylock era, and the program was rewarded with its fifth MVC Coaching Staff of the Year honor under Blaylock. The Salukis followed up with a pair of 36-win seasons in 2011 and 2012 as Mallory Duran-Sellers became the second MVC Player of the Year under Blaylock in 2012.

    On March 21, 2013 Blaylock recorded her 500th career win with a 7-6 victory over Saint Louis. Blaylock became the second coach in SIU history and the eighth in Missouri Valley Conference history to reach the 500-win mark.

    BACKGROUND

    Blaylock had a stellar playing career in addition to her coaching successes. She was considered one of the top three pitchers in the state as a prep at nearby Herrin High School, according to the Chicago Tribune, compiling a record of 65-7 from 1980-84. She set marks for wins and strikeouts for Herrin High and became the first female athlete ever selected to the Herrin High School Hall of Fame in 1992.

    Following her successful prep career, Blaylock attended the University of Evansville, where she developed into one of the Aces' all-time leading hurlers. During her career, she put together a record of 77-48 with a 1.54 ERA and struck out 365 hitters in 857.2 innings of work. Blaylock still holds virtually all of Evansville's pitching records.

    Blaylock excelled as a student-athlete both on and off the field at UE. As a junior, she was named a GTE Academic All-American, and in 1988, she was named the Midwestern Collegiate Conference Player of the Year. Evansville recognized Blaylock's success on the diamond by inducting her into the school's Hall of Fame in 1995.

    After graduating from Evansville in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in accounting, Blaylock attended Southeast Missouri State University where she began her coaching career as a graduate assistant. She later received a master's degree in 1991 in business administration.

    
    
    Blaylock Year-By-Year Record
    Year Overall Conference Finish
    2000 41-22 9-9 6th
    2001 36-19 17-9 4th
    2002 31-17 17-7 3rd
    2003 39-14 18-6 2nd
    2004 45-17 18-6 1st
    2005 47-14 24-3 1st
    2006 35-13 15-6 3rd
    2007 41-16 17-7 3rd
    2008 30-24 15-8 3rd
    2009 33-13 15-7 2nd
    2010 38-20 20-5 1st
    2011 36-17 17-6 3rd
    2012 36-20 16-10 4th
    Total: 13 Years 488-226 (.683) 218-89 (.710) ------
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