Head Coach Megan Smith

University of Kansas Head Coach Megan Smith just completed her fourth season as the head coach of the Jayhawks.  After leading KU to its best start in school history, her 2012 squad won a school record 20 consecutive games.  Coach Smith directly oversees the Jayhawk infielders and also helps with hitting instruction. 

Smith came to KU from LSU, where she served as an assistant coach for three seasons.  While in Baton Rouge, Smith helped lead LSU to three regional appearances and one super regional appearance.  Prior to LSU, Smith was the head coach at Western Carolina University.  In her only year at Western, Smith led the Catamounts to the Southern Conference Championship in the programs first year of existence and was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year.  Smith came to Western Carolina from the University of North Carolina, where she served as an assistant coach.  Smith, who is from North Carolina, was also a four-year letter winner and captain for the Tar Heels.

Smith started her coaching career at Young Harris College in Georgia.  After serving as the head coach of the Mountain Lions for three seasons, she left to become the assistant coach at UNC-Charlotte.

Smith and her husband, the late Paul Buske, have a son, Cooper Smith Buske.


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

Abbie Sims enters her second season as an assistant coach at Kansas after joining the Jayhawks as the pitching coach in June 2012.

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.