- Kenny Gajewski
Assistant Coach – Second Season
- Oklahoma ‘94
A member of the 1994 Oklahoma baseball national championship team alongside Florida head coach Tim Walton, Gajewski (pronounced `GUY’-ehh-ski’) joined Walton and the Gator softball staff for the 2012-13 season and made an instant impact for the Orange and Blue in just his first season.
Gajewski tutored the Florida defense to a school-record .979 fielding percentage, thanks in part to the fewest errors in Gator softball history (40). UF’s 2013 fielding percentage was the fourth-best in the country as the Gators worked their way to a nation-best 58-9 record, including 18-6 in the SEC, en route to the 2013 SEC regular season and tournament titles and eventually to their fifth WCWS appearance in six seasons. Florida’s .979 fielding mark ranked second in the SEC last season and was sixth all-time in the SEC record book.
UF made just eight errors on the entire season at the corners, as freshman first baseman Taylor Schwarz was error-free throughout the regular season and finished her first campaign with a .995 fielding percentage – third-best for a Gator freshman. Junior third baseman Stephanie Tofft had just six mishaps at the hot corner in 197 chances, turning in an impressive season after transferring to Florida from Northern Illinois. Tofft set a single-game school record for most assists (10) against South Carolina and ranked third in the SEC with 133 assists her first season as a Gator.
Gajewski’s first season at UF, the Orange and Blue ranked second in the country in win-loss percentage (.866), fourth in fielding percentage (.979), seventh in triples per game (0.33), 11th in both ERA (1.83) and scoring (6.46) and 14th in the NCAA with 1.25 home runs per game. Florida led the SEC in 14 categories through 2013, including wins (58), runs (43), walks (332) and ERA (1.83), while ranking second in fielding percentage (.979).
Prior to Florida, Gajewski served as the director of baseball operations at Tennessee in 2011-12 under first-year head coach Dave Serrano. In addition to managing the overall operations of the Volunteer baseball team, Gajewski was UT’s camp manager, while also overseeing all student managers and serving as an academic liaison to the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center to ensure the success of the baseball student-athletes in the classroom.
Walton and Gajewski played collegiate baseball together at Cerritos Junior College under Serrano, then later for Oklahoma as the duo helped guide the Sooners on their storied ’94 championship run. Gajewski spent time at both Cerritos and Cal State Dominquez Hills before transferring to Oklahoma.
Following his playing days, Gajewski served as a graduate assistant for the Sooners in 1995 and as a volunteer assistant at Kansas State in 1996. He then returned to OU as the university’s athletic turf and maintenance director in 1997. In that role, Gajewski was responsible for maintaining all of the athletic fields and outdoor facilities while supervising a crew of seven full-time grounds workers and five full-time maintenance workers.
In 2001, the field at OU’s L. Dale Mitchell Park was named the Beam Clay Baseball Diamond of the Year. That same season, the OU Softball Complex was presented the Field Maintenance Award by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and TURFACE sports field products. Since 2007, Gajewski has been the owner and operator of three Norman, Okla.-based turf businesses - Champions Athletic Turf (athletic field renovation), Sooner Curb and Border (decorative concrete) and Ameriturf MidSouth (synthetic turf).
A native of Los Alamitos, Calif., Gajewski married the former Kristen Clifford of Oklahoma City in January 2002. The couple has a son, Preston (7), and daughter, Logan (2).
THE GAJEWSKI FILE
2012-present - University of Florida, Assistant Coach
2011-12 - University of Tennessee, Director of Baseball Operations
2007-11 - Private Business Owner - three turf-based organizations
1997-07 - University of Oklahoma, Turf & Maintenance Director
1995-96 - Kansas State University, Volunteer Assistant Coach
1994-95 - University of Oklahoma, Graduate Assistant Coach
1994 - University of Oklahoma, one-year letterwinner
1992-93 - Cal State Dominquez Hills
1990-91 - Cerritos Junior College
University of Oklahoma, bachelor of arts in sociology, 2005