Shockers Softball Camps
Head Coach Kristi Bredbenner
Kristi Bredbenner is entering her sixth season as the Wichita State head softball coach. She previously coached at Emporia State University and joined Wichita State for the 2012 season after leading the Hornets to six straight postseason appearances. When she left Emporia State to join the Shockers, she was Emporia State’s winningest head softball coach and the active NCAA Division II wins leader as a head softball coach.
To date, Bredbenner has led the Shockers to two regular season conference championships in the last three seasons, along with winning the schools first conference tournament championship since 1979. In 2016, the Shockers won their first NCAA Regional game in school history, defeating Tulsa at the Oklahoma Regional.
As a head coach, Bredbenner holds an overall record of 464-239, while holding a record of 138-138 while at Wichita State.
She has also coached 14 student-athletes to All-MVC Teams including eight to the All-MVC First Team and six to the All-MVC Second Team. Bredbenner has also coached five student-athletes to the All-MVC Scholar-Athlete Team and six others to the MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention Team.
Bredbenner has quickly turned around the Wichita State program. In just three seasons, Bredbenner took the Shockers from a 15-40 record in 2012 to a 34-21 record in 2014, culminating in the first Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship in school history. Due to their historic season, Bredbenner and the entire Shocker coaching staff was named the 2014 MVC Coaching Staff of the Year.
As a team, the Shockers broke several team records in 2014 including the following: highest team batting average (.314 average)—was previously set at .305 in 1978, highest slugging percentage (.492 average)—was previously set at .446 in 1978, runs scored (314)—was previously set at 293 runs scored in 2005, most hits (472)—was previously set at 458 hits in 2005, and home runs (56)—was previously set at 52 home runs in 2005.
WSU also set new records in runs batted in (291)—was previously set at 268 RBI in 2005, total bases (740)—was previously set at 710 total bases in 2005, tied for the most doubles in a season
(82), tied for the highest on-base percentage average (.389).
Individually, 2014 saw the Shockers send three to the All-MVC First Team (Cacy Williams, Melanie Jaegers and Brittany Fortner) and one to the All-MVC Second Team (Paige Luellen).
The trio of Fortner, Jaegers and Williams were also named MVC Scholar-Athletes while Fortner and Williams were named to the NFCA Division I All-Midwest Teams.
As Williams was named to the NFCA Division I All-Midwest First Team, Fortner was named to the NFCA Division I All-Midwest Second Team.
Williams was named the 2014 MVC Player of the Year and the 2014 MVC Newcomer of the Year as well, the first time in MVC history that the same student-athlete won both awards during the same season.
In 2013, the program began to take Bredbenner’s vision. The Shockers were 19-33, a four-win improvement from 2012. Wichita State won five more games at home (7) than in 2012 (2) and won three more games in the Valley (10) than in 2012 (7). Wichita State also advanced to the first round of the MVC Tournament for the first time in two seasons, and the 2013 season marked the first MVC Tournament appearance under Bredbenner. Erin Carney was named to the All-MVC First Team as Brianne Bond, Carney, Jaegers, and Megan McCracken were each named MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention.
Wichita State’s offense improved in several categories from 2012 to 2013. The Shockers raised their team batting average from .231 (2012) to .243 (2013), their slugging percentage from .328 (2012) to .369 (2013), walks from 87 (2012) to 112 (2013), and on base percentage from .292 (2012) to .316 (2013).
From a pitching standpoint, the Shockers’ team ERA dropped from 5.37 (2012) to 3.92 (2013). WSU’s total hits allowed dropped from 469 (2012) to 412 (2013), runs allowed from 321 (2012) to 247 (2013), home runs allowed from 64 (2012) to 41 (2013), and batting average against from .322 (2012) to .296 (2013). The Shocker softball pitching staff increased strikeouts from 159 (2012) to 207 (2013), and had 25 outings of three runs or less, including four shutouts.
In Bredbenner’s first season at Wichita State, offset by numerous injuries to key starters and a lack of experience, Wichita State compiled a 15-40 record. Eight underclassmen made at least 27 starts for WSU. Bredbenner coached freshman Sydney Stuever and sophomore Rachel Milnark to the All-MVC Second Team. The young players were thrown right into the fire as a difficult early schedule prohibited them from easing into the college game. The Shockers played four of the eight teams that participated in the 2011 Women’s College World Series including two games each against defending champion Arizona State and 2011 WCWS runner-up Oklahoma.
As the head softball coach at Emporia State from 2006-2011, Bredbenner led the Lady Hornets to two national championship appearances in 2006 and 2008, five regular season MIAA titles and five straight MIAA tournament championships. She also led Emporia State to the NCAA Tournament in each of her seasons as their head softball coach. While at Emporia State, Bredbenner was the MIAA Coach of the Year in 2007, 2008 and 2010, and her coaching staff was named NFCA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year in 2006 and 2008. Bredbenner also coached some of her student-athletes to Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America honors, MIAA MVP honors, MIAA Pitcher of the Year honors, All-MIAA First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention honors, MIAA Freshman of the Year honors and MIAA Academic Honor Roll honors.
As a player, Bredbenner was a four-time All-MIAA pick, two-time Division II All-American and was named MVP of the conference in 2000. In her four years at Truman she claimed nearly every hitting record, including career and single season records for games played, at bats, hits, doubles, home runs, total bases, RBI’s, walks, batting average, and slugging percentage. Her three home run day against the Hornets on April 7, 2000 is tied for fourth all-time on the Division II single game list.
The O’Fallon, Mo., native graduated from Truman in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in business/marketing and received her master’s degree in physical education from Azusa Pacific University.