Skyhawk Softball | Sarah Daws - Assistant Coach
Sarah Daws enters her 10th season as an assistant softball coach at UT Martin. Daws, who was a four-year member of the Skyhawk softball program as a catcher from 2001-04, works primarily with the pitchers and catchers, along with providing hitting instruction.
Her latest power pitcher came through the ranks during the 2016 season in the form of Brooke Kennedy. Kennedy posted a 17-14 record along with a 2.16 ERA in 210.2 innings of work. She appeared in 36 games while notching 24 complete games and four shutouts on the season. Her dominating performances included 175 strikeouts while limiting opponents to just a .223 batting average. Her season ranked in the school record books in starts (second), complete games (second), innings pitched (second), victories (fourth), strikeouts (fourth) and appearances (fifth).
Daws helped mentor senior 1B/P Kenzi Tate who was recognized as an All-OVC first team honoree after leading the team in all three Triple Crown categories with a .345 batting average, nine home runs and 38 RBIs at the plate. Inside the circle, Tate picked up three victories. Freshman Alicia Hansen was named to the league’s All-Newcomer squad after bashing six home runs in her debut season.
Highlighting the 2014 year was the play of OVC Freshman of the Year Carly Gonzales. Along with the league’s top freshman honor, Gonzales was named to the All-OVC second team and an All-Newcomer after pacing the team with a .328 batting average while hitting one home run, 17 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.
Daws spent the 2013 season working with sophomore Kenzi Tate who led the team with a 20-6 record and a 2.79 ERA en route to All-OVC first team, OVC All-Tournament team and NFCA Division I All-Region honors. In addition to Tate’s work in the circle, she led the team with a .359 batting average while hitting 13 home runs and driving in a program record 56 RBIs. Joining Tate was her battery mate, freshman Deven Wilson who garnered a spot on the OVC’s All-Newcomer squad. Wilson caught 52 games for the Skyhawks, while finishing fourth on the team with a .285 batting average with three home runs and 19 RBIs.
In 2012, Daws worked with Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year and OVC Tournament Most Valuable Player Chelsea Jones who finished the season with a 28-9 overall record and a 2.30 ERA. In addition to leading the Skyhawks to their second OVC regular season title, Jones helped the Skyhawks win the OVC Tournament and advance to their second NCAA Regional where they played Georgia Tech and eventual national champion Alabama.
Jones was one of 10 players who received OVC accolades this past season. She also was named to the NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) All-Region team.
In addition to Jones’ success, freshman catcher Lauren Smith and freshman pitcher Casey Vincent were named to the league’s All-Newcomer team. Vincent finished the year with a 9-5 worksheet and a 3.11 ERA. The Skyhawks were 39-21 overall in 2012, and the team sported an ERA of 2.80.
In 2011, Daws worked with freshman pitcher Amanda Brandenburg who was named the league’s Freshman of the Year. Brandenburg also was named All-OVC first team and was selection to the OVC’s All-Newcomer team.
The Skyhawks were third in the OVC in pitching in 2011 with a team ERA of 2.95.
Daws coached first-team All-OVC selection Paij Lintz in 2010. She also coached pitcher Kate Vanderham and catcher Laurie Lindow, who were both All-OVC first-team selections. Vanderham picked up All-Newcomer honors, while Lindow was named to the OVC All-Tournament team.
Before the 2010 season, Daws had one member of her pitching staff named to the All-OVC Second Team, along with one All-OVC Tournament Team selection and the OVC Tournament MVP. She graduated from The University of Tennessee at Martin with a degree in education in 2004.
During her time at UT Martin, Daws was the opening day catcher all four years of her career. Daws earned the team defensive award in 2001 and the golden glove in 2003. She also earned accolades on the conference level, being named All-OVC Honorable Mention in 2002 and All-OVC Second Team in 2003. Daws still appears in the program's record books 13 times and is among the top-five in five categories.
Before returning to her alma mater, Daws was at Mill Creek High School where she was a special education teacher and served as an assistant coach with the varsity softball program and as head coach of the junior varsity program.
Daws is the daughter of Barbara Daws and has one older brother, Geordy. She attended Brentwood High School where she was a two-sport athlete in softball and volleyball. On the diamond, Daws collected all-district accolades in 1998, 1999 and 2000. She was named to the all-district tournament team in 1999 and 2000 along with being named to the all-region team in 2000. She led her team to district championships in 1997, 1998 and 2000, regional championships in 1997, 1998 and 2000, and a sub-state championship in 1998.