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Head Coach Curt Kendall
Curt Kendall enters his 34th season as Bridgewater’s head baseball coach with the most diamond wins in school history. He also serves as the department's Director of Athletics.
Kendall has accumulated more than 750 wins during his career against 460 losses and nine ties. Since taking over the program in 1986, he has led Bridgewater to 12 Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament championships and 13 ODAC regular season titles. In addition, Kendall has been honored as the conference's Coach of the Year six times.
Kendall earned his 700th career win during the 2015 campaign, becoming the 12th active Division III coach and 27th all-time to reach that milestone. The Eagles were nationally-ranked by both D3baseball.com and ABCA early in the 2015 campaign, and finished with a mark of 24-14-1.
Kendall led the Eagles to one of the best seasons in Bridgewater history during 2014 when the team set a new program record for wins during a season with 36, breaking the mark of 34 set the previous season. Bridgewater won the ODAC Championship and advanced to the title game at the NCAA regional tournament where the Eagles lost to Emory University. Kendall was named State Coach of the Year in voting by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID). Bridgewater was ranked No. 19 in the final D3baseball.com poll of the season and No. 23 in the Collegiate Baseball/ABCA poll.
In 2013, the Eagles posted the best regular season record in the ODAC (19-1) and earned an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament. The team finished with a 34-13 overall record. The Eagles went 1-2 during NCAA regional play, the program's ninth appearance in the NCAA tournament.
Kendall hit the 600-win milestone when the Eagles defeated Mary Washington 3-0 on Feb. 22, 2012. Later in the season on Mar. 28 Bridgewater defeated Washington and Lee for Kendall’s 613th win. The victory put the BC coach No. 1 all-time among Virginia’s Division III coaches, surpassing the 612 wins accumulated by Ferrum’s Abe Naff. The 2012 Eagles team became just the second team in program history to reach the 30-win mark during a season as the team finished with a 31-14 record. Bridgewater reached the championship round of the ODAC tournament where the Eagles lost to Lynchburg College.
During the 2011 season, the Eagles claimed the top seed for the ODAC tournament with a 15-3 ODAC record. Bridgewater lost in the tournament title game to Randolph-Macon and finished the year with a 26-18 overall record as Kendall earned his fifth ODAC Coach of the Year Award.
Kendall guided the 2010 team to the ODAC championship. The Eagles made their eighth trip to the NCAA Division III tournament where they were eliminated in two straight games. Bridgewater finished the 2010 season with a 23-20-1 record.
A 1981 graduate of Bridgewater, Kendall played third base on the Eagles' 1978 ODAC championship team and remained with the program as an assistant to head coach Tom Kinder following graduation. After helping lead the Eagles to another ODAC crown in 1985, Kendall took over as head coach the following year and guided BC to a then-school record 23 victories and the ODAC regular season and tournament titles.
The 1988 season saw the Bridgewater program reach even greater heights. The Eagles once again broke the school record for victories in a season, going 25-8 and again capturing the ODAC regular season and championship titles. Bridgewater was ranked as high as No. 16 in the country and Kendall was named the College Division Coach-of-the-Year in the state of Virginia. The following season, the Eagles compiled a 21-9 mark and added yet another ODAC regular season crown and finished the season ranked 18th in the country.
Kendall's career took another step forward in 1994 when the Eagles tied a school record for victories with a 25-11 record. The Eagles earned their sixth ODAC championship and the fourth during Kendall's tenure. The Eagles were rewarded with an invitation to the NCAA Division III South Regional Tournament, the first in the school's impressive baseball history.
Kendall's team continued the success story in 1995, as the Eagles finished with a 25-10 record and the ODAC regular season title and tournament championship. That team made its second consecutive trip to the South Regional and landed four players on the All-South Region team, including All-American catcher Buck Gordon.
The following year, Kendall directed the 1996 team to a school-record 27 wins and a 16-0 ODAC mark. The team set an ODAC record for conference wins and became only the second team in school history to go through conference play with a perfect record. Bridgewater proceeded to win all three of its ODAC Tournament games to earn Kendall an unprecedented sixth tournament title.
The Eagles made their third trip to the NCAAs under Kendall during the 1999 season, finishing with a 26-19 overall mark and an 11-5 ODAC record. BC defeated Washington and Lee to win the conference tournament and then won its first-ever NCAA regional game, defeating Methodist, 16-6.
In 2000, the Eagles established a new school record for victories by finishing the season with a 28-14 record and a year later the team posted a 26-16 record and tied for first in the ODAC regular season standings with a 13-3 mark. The Eagles won the 2001 ODAC tournament to earn a trip to the NCAA South Regional. Kendall was named the ODAC's Coach of the Year.
In 2002, the Eagles claimed the ODAC regular season crown with a 13-2-1 record and then won the tournament title to earn another trip to the NCAA tournament. Kendall was once again named ODAC Coach of the Year. The Eagles lost to eventual regional champion Christopher Newport in the first round of regional play and were eliminated by Methodist, a team that had been ranked No. 1 in the nation in the Division III baseball poll for most of the 2002 season.
In 2006, the Eagles reached the 30-win plateau for the first time in college history, finishing with a 32-14-1 record. The Eagles finished first in the ODAC regular season race and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. In 2007 the Eagles won the ODAC tournament, earning another trip to NCAA regional play.
During his tenure, Kendall has coached 60 All-ODAC first-team picks, eight ODAC Player of the Year winners, four ODAC Rookie of the Year recipients and one ODAC Pitcher of the Year honoree.
Kendall is an active member of the American Baseball Coaches Association and has participated on the NCAA Division III South Region Selection Committee in previous seasons. He has also served as the chairman for the ABCA Division III South Region All-American Selection Committee and as the region's representative on the 1997 Division III Championship game committee.
In addition to his duties as head baseball coach and Director of Athletics, Kendall is an assistant professor in Bridgewater's Department of Health and Physical Education and holds a Master's of Science in Education from James Madison University.
He lives in Harrisonburg with his wife, LeAnn. They have two daughters Brooke and Kelly, both Bridgewater graduates.