Jen Sewell is entering her fourth season as assistant softball coach at the University of Kansas. Sewell, a former assistant and interim head coach at Princeton University, was named assistant coach at KU on Aug. 11, 2004. Sewell serves as recruiting coordinator and works primarily with catchers, infielders and hitters at KU.
In 2006, Sewell helped coach the Jayhawks to their first-ever Big 12 postseason championship and second consecutive NCAA Regional appearance. Sewell coached Big 12 Player of the Year and Second Team All-American Serena Settlemier, who set new KU single-season marks for home runs (22), RBI (61) and slugging percentage (.771).
In the 2005 season, Sewell guided the KU defense to a program-best .973 fielding percentage, which ranked 14th in the nation. In addition, the Jayhawks set a new KU single-season record for home runs with 54 while Destiny Frankenstein hit a then-program best 14 homers as a junior. KU earned an at-large bid to the postseason for the first time since 1999.
A native of Tulsa, Okla., Sewell came to KU after serving as an assistant coach at Princeton for four seasons. She also took over as interim head coach from November 2003 to January 2004 for the duration of the head coach's maternity leave.
Under her direction, Princeton won back-to-back Ivy League titles and made NCAA Tournament appearances in 2002 and 2003, while her players garnered over a dozen total All-Ivy, All-Region, All-Academic and Player of the Year honors.
In 2002, Sewell was named to the Speedline/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Northeast Region Coaching Staff of the Year after helping the Tigers achieve the most wins in program history.
A former recruit of Bunge at Ohio University, Sewell was a four-year letterwinner in softball for the Bobcats from 1996-2000. Sewell served as co-captain, was an All-Mid American Conference Second-Team selection at catcher and MAC Hitter of the Week. In addition, she was a member of the OU Dean's List from 1997-2000, Team MVP in 1998, and recipient of the 2000 OU Alumni Scholar Athlete Award. Sewell earned a bachelor's degree in history from Ohio in 2000.