Kansas Jayhawk Softball
Official site for Jayhawk Softball Camps & Clinics
Associate Head Coach
Rittman re-joins Kansas softball after 18 seasons as the head coach at Stanford University and nine years on the United States National Team coaching staff (2001-08, & 2016).
In the summer of 2008, Rittman made his second coaching appearance in the Olympic Games, and was an integral part of the staff that led Team USA to a silver medal in Beijing, China. The squad won its first eight games of the tournament, most by considerable margins, and outscored opponents 58-5 over the nine games.
Abbie (Sims) Butler enters her fifth 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 TJ Hubbard 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.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
After a successful four-year career with Kansas softball, Chaley Brickey turned her attention to coaching and joined the Jayhawks’ staff as the volunteer assistant coach.
A three-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region selection, Brickey left her mark on the KU softball record book. By the end of her career playing shortstop, Brickey had claimed Kansas’ all-time walk (145), RBI (157), runs scored (175) and slugging percentage (.645) records.
Brickey ends her record-breaking career as a Jayhawk with her fourth All-Big 12 Conference honor to join Shelly Musser (1999-2002) as the only Jayhawks to garner league accolades during each season of their career in the Crimson and Blue.
During the 2016 National Professional Fastpitch (NPF) draft, Brickey was selected by the Pennsylvania Rebellion as the 16th selection, the first Big 12 softball player selected in the 2016 draft.
Brickey concluded her career with a .362 clip, 219 hits, including 54 doubles and 39 home runs. Her 54 doubles and 39 long balls both rank second all-time in the Jayhawk record book, respectively.
The Haltom City, Texas native graduated in May of 2017 with a degree in Sport Management.
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.