Kevin Fagan enters his third season as head softball coach at the College of Central Florida. He has produced three NJCAA All-Americans in his first two seasons at the helm.
In just his second season as head coach, Fagan has amassed an astounding 101-24 record, winning over 80 percent of his games. He surpassed the program's winningest record (set last year) by finishing 53-9 (20-4 in conference). The reigning Mid-Florida Conference (MFC) Coach of the Year led the Lady Patriots' program to its first-ever MFC title and NJCAA No. 1 ranking that spanned seven weeks. Over the season, CF Softball led the state in runs scored (407) and home runs hit (52), while finishing Top 5 in FCSAA in batting average. He and his pitching staff ranked among the best in the nation in lowest earned run average (ERA), led by state and conference pitcher of the year Holly McKinnon. In total, Fagan notched 11 All-Conference players, five All-State players and two NJCAA All-Americans (Holly McKinnon and Mariah Wise).
In his first season as head coach, he led the Lady Patriots to a NJCAA No. 2 overall finish, falling to Angelina College in the NJCAA National Championship game. The CF Softball team experienced its best-ever, overall record under Fagan, finishing 48-15 (18-6 conf.) on the season. They also took down NJCAA No. 1 teams Indian River State College and Arizona Western College en route to their national runner-up finish. Fagan and his coaching staff earned South Regional Softball Coaching Staff of the Year honors as a result of their great success in 2013.
Prior to CF, Fagan experienced much success on the gridiron and in the high school softball arena.
Fagan, a championship-winning defensive lineman with the University of Miami (1983 National Champion) and San Francisco 49ers (two Super Bowl Rings), played seven years in the NFL before retiring in 1994. He also has earned a spot in the Palm Beach County Hall of Fame, as well as the University of Miami Hall of Fame and Florida High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. Fagan earned NFL All-Pro honors, as well as a spot on the All-Madden Team. From there, he got into softball coaching when his oldest daughter Kasey began playing in a Dunnellon-area youth league. At Dunnellon High School, Fagan led the Tigers to Class 4A State Championships in 2009 and 2010. The 2010 DHS team was named national champions by ESPN after it knocked off high-powered Naples in the Class 4A State Championship Game in Clermont. Overall, Fagan coached DHS for six seasons and compiled a 122-19 record. During his time at DHS, Fagan coached three Florida Gatorade Players of the Year, one National Gatorade Player of the Year, seven All-State players (four on the first team) and three All-Americans (two on the first team). Fagan's daughters Kasey (Arkansas), Sami (Missouri) and Haley (Auburn) play Division I softball. All were standouts for Fagan at DHS before moving on to the next level.
Aside from coaching at DHS, Fagan has an impressive record coaching travel ball. In all, over 50 of his players earned college scholarships.
In 2012, Fagan brought his talents to CF and worked primarily with the softball team's pitchers, while also working with hitting and infielders. His impact was felt right away. In his first season as an assistant with the program, Fagan helped the Patriots up their win total from 14 to 28 games and the team ERA dropped from 3.37 to 2.28. This past season, Fagan helped lead the Lady Patriots to the Atlantic District Championship Game, its best-ever showing in school history at the state softball tournament. His pitching staff dropped its ERA to 1.56 and compiled state pitcher of the week, First-Team All-Conference and Second-Team All-State honors along the way.
Fagan's prowess as a coach and teacher can be shown by his staff at DHS earning the NFCA Softball Staff of the Year in 2009 and 2010. He also earned the Florida Dairy Farmers Coach of the Year in 2010. Fagan, who earned his bachelor's degree from St. Leo University, served on the Midwest Florida FCA Region Board from 2010-2012 and is an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Dunnellon. In his free time, Fagan does charity work for the Boys and Girls Club of Dunnellon and serves as a faith-based speaker at various events.