Kristen Cain enters her 12th year in the athletics department currently serving as the Executive Director of the LSU National L Club. She is a former LSU softball player and assistant coach who has also worked as the LSU Special Events and Community Relations Coordinator.
The LSU National L Club is an organization formed to support former varsity athletes, athletic trainers, equipment managers, videographers, cheerleaders, Tiger Girls and mascots. It provides the opportunity for letterwinners to promote and maintain friendships and loyalties with one another, and it allows them to remain actively involved in Tiger Athletics.
The L Club also supports the Athletics Department, acts as a liaison between former athletes and the department, and it encourages lifelong participation with LSU Athletics by promoting the proud tradition of being a varsity letterwinner.
Cain is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive engagement program to cultivate relationships with former student-athletes in all of LSU’s varsity sports and support staffs.
Cain develops and maintains relationships with LSU Athletics, the L Club Board of Directors, the Tiger Athletic Foundation and the Student-Athlete Life Skills Program. She also oversees L Club data management and membership, the production and distribution of all L Club correspondence, all sport reunions, jersey retirement and statue ceremonies and the operation of the LSU Athletics Hall of Fame.
Cain, a native of West Palm Beach, Fla., earned both of her degrees – a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and a master’s degree in sports management – from LSU.
During her LSU softball career from 2004-07, she was team captain of the Tigers’ 2007 squad, was awarded a Brad Davis SEC Community Service Scholarship in 2008 for her work with the CHAMPS/Life Skills program and volunteering in the area. She was also voted on three occasions to both the SEC Academic Honor Roll and the SEC Good Works Team.
She is married to LSU baseball assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Nolan Cain, who was a four-year letterwinner and a pitcher on the Tigers’ 2009 national championship team. The couple has two children, Cason and Ryann.
AS A PLAYER: HONORS & AWARDS
2007 Team Tri-Captain
2007 Brad Davis SEC Community Service Scholarship
2007 NCAA Tempe Super Regional All-Tournament Team
2007 Easton Tiger Classic MVP
2007 LSU Female Student-Athlete of the Week (2/13)
2007 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2007 SEC Good Works Team
2006 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2006 SEC Good Works Team
2005 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2005 SEC Good Works Team
SENIOR SEASON (2007)
Played and started in all 67 games … One of three team captains … Received the Brad Davis SEC Community Service Scholarship … Named to the NCAA Tempe Super Regional all-tournament team … Selected the Easton Tiger Classic Most Valuable Player … Selected the LSU Female Student-Athlete of the Week on Feb. 13 … Played both behind the plate and at first base, filling in when injuries decimated the infield … Had the best year of her career with eight home runs after hitting only two in her previous three seasons … She also surpassed her season-bests with 32 hits, 20 runs scored and 22 doubles … Broke the LSU career fielding percentage record, committing just five errors in over 600 chances for a .992 mark … Tied the LSU single-game record with two home runs against Missouri … Recorded a career-best four RBIs against Memphis … Posted eight multiple-hit and six multiple-RBI games on the season … Knocked in the game-winning run against Indiana … Three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and the SEC Good Works Team.
JUNIOR SEASON (2006)
Played in seven games … Saw limited action after offseason Tommy John surgery in her throwing elbow … Scored a run against Arkansas-Pine Bluff … Did not commit an error in nine chances behind the plate … Is tied for the career record in fielding percentage in LSU history … Two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and the SEC Good Works Team.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2005)
Played in 42 games, starting 38 … Played 36 games behind the plate … Committed only one error in 247 chances for a .996 fielding percentage … Ranked as the leading fielding percentage by a catcher in the SEC and tied for the seventh best overall fielding percentage in the league … Knocked in the game-winning runs on a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning against Arkansas … Recorded one multiple-hit game (vs. Southern) and two multiple-RBI games on the season (vs. Grambling State and Arkansas) … Tied the LSU single-game record for walks with three vs. Louisville … Posted a three-game hitting streak, the longest of her career … Member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and the SEC Good Works Team.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2004)
Played in 34 games, starting 19 … Played 26 games behind the plate … Also stepped in to play two games at third base during the Ole Miss series when Julie Wiese was injured … Committed only two errors in 162 chances for a .988 fielding percentage … Hit her first collegiate home run in her second collegiate game, against Illinois in the Tiger Classic … Had a pair of multiple hit games (vs. Alabama A&M and Nicholls State) … Recorded a pair of doubles in the fourth inning against Nicholls State … Scored the game-winning run in the top of the 10th inning at Ole Miss.
Was a four-year letterwinner in softball and a three-year letterwinner in volleyball at Royal Palm Beach High School … Her team finished ranked 10th in the state her senior season … Hit .365 her senior season with 15 RBIs and 17 runs scored … Was a four-time All-Palm Beach County and all-area selection … Was her team captain her senior season … Scored both runs in a 2-1 victory over Palm Beach Gardens in the district final … Helped her team to its first district championship in 2002, before they were defeated by the eventual state champion in the regional quarterfinals … Her team made four consecutive trips to the state tournament … Was a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club … Voted Student Body President her senior year … Member of the student council all four years … Was a Girl’s State nominee and Wendy’s High School Heisman selection … Selected as a Safe School Ambassador and a Hoby Award Alternate … Earned the Principle’s Award for Academic Excellence … Voted Homecoming Queen.