Kansas Jayhawk Softball
Official site for Jayhawk Softball Camps & Clinics
Head Coach Megan Smith
Assistant Coach John Rittman
Rittman joins Kansas softball after 18 seasons as the head coach at Stanford University and eight years on the United States National Team coaching staff (2001-08).
Under Rittman, the Cardinal recorded 16-consecutive winning seasons, made 15-straight NCAA appearances, notched 13 40-win seasons and produced at least one All-American in 15 of the last 16 years. At Stanford, Rittman accumulated a 711-338-3 overall mark, coached a national player of the year, 16 All-Americans and maintained a spot in every regular-season National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) poll for more than a decade.
Assistant Coach Abbie Sims
At Kansas, Sims will prepare and manage the Jayhawk pitching staff, lead the KU Softball pitching and catching camps as well as assist Smith and fellow assistant coach John Rittman with recruiting.
Sims, a former All-American pitcher at NC State, spent the past five years at the University of Houston, where her pitching staff led the nation in ERA in 2010. As a student-athlete, Sims became the first-ever NC State softball player to be named ACC Player of the Year in 2007. As Sims departed the Wolfpack she owned many of the program's all-time pitching records including: lowest career ERA (1.69), lowest opponent batting average (.179), wins (90), saves (5), appearances (146), starts (121), complete games (102), games finished (25), shutouts (36), innings pitched (836.2), strikeouts (1,091) and batters faced (3,491).
Since graduating with a bachelor's degree in business management, Sims played one season with the Rockford Thunder of the National Pro Fastpitch league in Rockford, Ill.
A Word from Head Coach Megan Smith:
"Participating the Kansas Softball Camp will give you the chance to experience the University of Kansas and our Jayhawk Way of playing softball. You will have the opportunity to learn new concepts, further develop your game and have fun with our staff and players.