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UCF Softball Adds Kendra Lynch, Jenn Salling and Victoria Hayward to Coaching Staff

Two Team Canada members, National Champion Assistant Join UCF

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UCF Softball Complex (Photo: Jeff Sharon)

New UCF Softball Head Coach Cindy Ball has completed her coaching staff, which will include two Team Canada members and a coach who contributed to a National Championship this past season.

Kendra Lynch

Coach Ball has hired Kendra Lynch to be the second assistant coach. Lynch was a dual-threat player at North Carolina (2014-2017) as a pitcher and outfielder, making 2nd team All-American in 2017 and helping the Tar Heels to Oxford Regional Final in 2017. Lynch spent the 2018 season as a graduate assistant coach at Florida State and was part of the Seminoles' National Championship in 2018.

Ball has also added Team Canada members Victoria Hayward and Jenn Salling to the staff, with Hayward serving as the new director of operations and Salling serving as the volunteer coach.

Jenn Salling

Salling played at Washington from 2009-2011, helping the Huskies to the National Championship in 2009. Salling and Hayward both played together at Washington in 2011, when Ball was there as an assistant coach.

Salling was a graduate assistant coach at Washington from the fall of 2015 to 2017. Salling spent four years playing in National Pro Fastpitch and is a member of the Canadian National Team, which won the gold medal this summer in the 2015 Pan-American Games.

Victoria Hayward

Hayward comes over from Maryland where she was an assistant coach since the summer of 2017. Hayward was also an assistant coach at UMass from 2016 to 2017. She spent the 2015 season as a student manager at LSU under head coach Beth Torina.

Hayward has been a member of the Canadian Senior National Team since 2009. When she made the squad in 2009 at 16 years old, she became the youngest player ever to join the senior team. She was the 19th overall selection in the 2014 National Pro Fastpitch Draft by the Pennsylvania Rebellion.

Hayward also played at Washington when Ball was an assistant coach there (2011-2012). Hayward participated in four NCAA Tournaments, was a 2014 All-American, a four-time All-Pac-12 selection and a three-time Academic All-Pac-12 honoree (2011-14). UW won four NCAA Regional Championships during her career and advanced to the Women's College World Series in 2013.

Hayward and Salling recently played for Team Canada at World Championships in Japan where Canada won the Bronze Medal.

Salling and Hayward join Tiffany Jordan on the staff who also has ties to Canadian Softball program. Jordan is part of the coaching staff of the Canadian Junior National Team.