Shockers Softball Camps
Elizabeth Economon is entering her second season as an assistant coach for the Shocker softball program.
In Economon's first season with the program as the hitting coach, the Shocker squad dominated every batting category during American Athletic Conference play by leading the league in batting average, slugging percentage, RBI's, doubles, home runs and total bases. She helped coach 2018 American Athletic Conference Player of the Year Mackenzie Wright who individually led The American in batting average during league play.
Economon helped lead the Shockers to their second NCAA Regional appearance and to the first Regional Championship game in school history. Under her coaching the 2018 Shocker squad hit 59 home runs, the most in a single season in softball history.
After serving as the Head Coach for the Pittsburg State softball program from 2012-17, Economon led the Gorillas to a 42-19 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division II Central Regional in her final year. It was the first National Tournament appearance for the Gorillas since 1995.
She led the Gorillas to a 204-131 overall record in her six-year tenure and under her leadership the Gorillas won more than 28 games each season.
Four players earned All-America honors while 37 earned all-conference honors and 12 were named all-region during her tenure.
Economon began her coaching career as an assistant coach for Truman, her alma mater in Kirksville, Mo., from 2005-06. From there she spend time at New Mexico in 2006 and served as the volunteer assistant coach for the Lobos under Ty Singleton.
Following her time as a volunteer assistant, Economon took on head coaching duties at V. Sue Cleveland High School, a 5A school with over 1,500 students in Rio Rancho, N.M. In addition to her duties as head coach and physical education teacher, Economon established a club team out of Rio Rancho.
A native of St. Louis, Economon got a chance to return to the Midwest in 2010 when she was hired as an assistant coach at Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Economon specialized in hitting and defensive instruction on the field and was primarily responsible for practice planning, monitoring student-athletes academic progress and coordinating the Redhawks camps. She also taught classes in the exercise science department.
Economon played for Truman from 2001-04 and earned All-America honors at shortstop three seasons and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2002 and 2003.
Elizabeth earned her bachelor’s degree in 2004 in exercise science from Truman and earned a master’s degree in 2007 in HHPR from Emporia State.
She and her wife Chelsea have a son Aidan.
Ryne Stefankiewicz enters his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Wichita State softball team.
As the pitching coach, Stefankiewicz coached First-Team All-Conference selection Bailey Lange in her first season in the American Athletic Conference culminating in the second ever NCAA Regional appearance in school history. Lange led The American in looking strikeouts and finished second in total strikeouts en-route to becoming the sixth pitcher to earn all-conference honors in school history. Her 20 wins ranked seventh in a single season at WSU with her six saves ranking her third all-time (single season).
During Stefankiewicz's second season with the Shockers, Wichita State led the Missouri Valley Conference in team earned-run average with a 2.07 conference ERA. Shocker ace Katie Malone earned First-Team All-Conference honors, the first pitcher to do so since 2008 and only the fifth in school history. Malone also set a Wichita State record for wins in a season with 26.
During his first season with Wichita State, the Shockers won both the regular season MVC Championship and Tournament Championship earning the school's first NCAA Regional appearance since 2005. In the Norman Regional, the Shockers won their first NCAA tournament game in school history - a 2-1 victory over Tulsa. Shocker pitcher Jenni Brooks also earned Second Team All-Conference honors.
Prior to coming to Wichita, the Omaha, Neb., native served as a graduate assistant at Auburn University under Clint Myers where he earned a Master's in Adult Education.
While at Auburn, the 2015 Tigers softball team finished the regular season in second place in the SEC and won the SEC Tournament – the school's first conference tournament title in softball. During the same season Stefankiewicz and the Tigers softball program won the Auburn Regional and Super Regional en-route to the school's first appearance at the Women's College World Series with the Tigers finishing No. 3 in the final NFCA Coaches Poll.
In January of 2013, Stefankiewicz was a pitching coach for the Echoes Elite Gold 18U team and while under the direction of Stefankiewicz, the team qualified for ASA Gold Nationals twice.
Stefankiewicz attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln starting in 2012 where he received his bachelor's of journalism in news-editorial.
Director of Operations / Camp Instructor
Cacy Williams begins her second season as Director of Operations for the Wichita State softball program.
A Shocker softball standout from 2014-2016, the Kansas City, Mo., native set the career home run record while at Wichita State with 39 and also set the career RBI record with 133.
In 2016, Williams was named a Missouri Valley Conference First-Team selection for the third straight season as well as being named the MVC Player of the Year for the second time.
In 2014, Williams was named both the MVC Player of the Year and MVC Newcomer of the Year becoming the only player in conference history to earn both honors within the same season whilst also earning NFCA Division-I All-Midwest Region First Team selection. During the season Williams set school records in seven categories: batting average (.424), slugging percentage (.812), on-base percentage (.531), total bases (138), runs scored (57), home runs (16) and RBIs (47).
In 2013, while at Emporia State, Williams earned MIAA Freshman-of-the-Year honors, second team All-MIAA Designated Player, second team NFCA All-Region Designated Player, and second team Daktronics All-Central Region Designated Player.
While at Wichita State, Williams earned a bachelor of education in physical education.
Graduate Manager / Camp Instructor
MJ Knighten begins her first season as a graduate assistant for the Shocker softball team.
Knighten joins the staff after a decorated playing career at Nebraska. She was a two-time First Team All-Big Ten and two-time First Team NFCA All-Midwest Region honoree. Knighten was the first four-time All-Big Ten selection in program history and started 228 of Nebraska's 229 games at third base in her career.
The 2016 NFCA First Team All-American was a 5th round selection (No. 25 overall) in the 2017 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Draft by the Scrap Yard Dawgs. She also became the first Senior CLASS Award finalist in the history of Nebraska softball.
Knighten will pursue a master's degree in sport management at Wichita State.