Fenton, a Hamilton, Ill. native, most recently served as a physical education teacher for grades 3-12 at Chaddock School in Quincy. She was previously a health and physical education teacher in the Hamilton (Ohio) City School District from 2001-15.
Fenton is a 1994 graduate of Miami (Ohio) University where she was a two-time All-Mid-America Conference honorable mention performer and team captain as a second baseman on the softball team. She also played two seasons at Illinois Central College.
“I am excited and grateful not only for the opportunity to work with Coach Passini and the Lady Hawks, but to be a part of such a professional and enthusiastic Quincy University athletic staff,” Fenton said. “Quincy University is an outstanding academic institution and the student-athletes are athletically and academically driven, respectful and focused. I look forward to a successful season with QU softball.”
“I am pleased that Heather has joined the QU softball family,” Passini said. “Her experience as a player and coach across many levels will be invaluable for our players. She has already had the chance to work with the team and we are already beginning to reap the benefits of her work.”
Fenton has coaching experience across all age groups from middle school through the collegiate level. She spent one season (2000-01) as the assistant men’s and women’s strength and conditioning coach at Eastern Illinois, and also served as a student assistant coach at her alma mater, Miami University, from 1992-93.
Fenton has also recently served as the eighth grade girls basketball coach for Quincy Catholic Schools.
She joins Passini on a staff that will try to guide the Hawks to their first GLVC Tournament appearance since 2013.
The Hawks open the 2016 season on March 1 at the NTC Spring Games in Clermont, Fla.