BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Saturday marked the end of Curt Kendall's illustrious 34-year career as the head coach of the Bridgewater Eagles baseball program.
Kendall announced early in the 2019 season that this would be his final season as head coach. He will continue in his role as the College's director of athletics.
The 2019 Eagles sent the veteran head coach out on a winning note with a 13-8 victory over Emory & Henry in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.
Prior to Saturday's game, Kendall was presented with a framed No. 13 Bridgewater Eagles baseball jersey. No. 13 was the number worn by Kendall during his playing days for Bridgewater College. Dr. David Bushman, Bridgewater College President, presented the framed jersey to Coach Kendall on behalf of the baseball program.
The Eagles finished the 2019 season with a 15-23 overall record. Kendall's overall career record closes at 790 wins, 528 losses and 10 ties. His win total ranks No. 23 in the Division III record book for career victories.
Kendall has spent more than four decades with the Bridgewater baseball program. He played for Bridgewater during the 1978-81 baseball seasons and then served four years as the program's assistant coach before taking over as head coach for the 1986 season.
Kendall led the Eagles to the ODAC title in his first year as head coach, the first of 12 ODAC championships, the most in conference history. The Eagles made 10 trips to the NCAA regional tournament during Kendall's tenure.
He was named ODAC Coach of the Year five times and state Coach of the Year three times.