Former Cumberland softball players Kassydi Montgomery joins the CU basketball staff as a graduate assistant in 2017-18, taking care of academic responsibilities for the team, including overseeing study hall and tutoring, class attendance, administrative paperwork, and team laundry.
The Hendersonville, Tenn., native was a four-year starter for the Phoenix and head coach Heather Stanfill, earning First Team All-Mid-South Conference honors as a sophomore. She batted .350 with 10 doubles, 16 home runs, 34 RBIs and 36 runs scored that season, posting a .720 slugging percentage. She ranked ninth nationally in home runs and 14th in total bases per game (2.568).
Montgomery was off to a tremendous start to her career as a freshman, batting .377 with five doubles, four homers, 13 RBIs and 22 runs scored in 24 games before her season was cut short by injury. As a junior she hit .302 with eight doubles, nine home runs, 41 RBIs and 22 runs scored and posted a .252 average with nine doubles, 10 homers, 27 RBIs and 20 runs scored as a senior.
Montgomery garnered Academic All-Mid-South accolades as a senior as well.
She was a Second Team All-District selection as a sophomore and junior and earned All-District Tournament accolades in both seasons for coach Erica Powell at Beech High School. The Buccaneers won the TSSAA AAA state championship her sophomore year with a 42-11-2 record and finished her junior campaign 50-4 overall with another trip to the state tournament.
Montgomery earned her bachelor’s in Psychology at Cumberland in May 2017 and is currently working on her master’s in Business Administration at CU.