Head Coach Megan Smith
University of Kansas Head Coach Megan Smith just completed her sixth season as the head coach of the Jayhawks. The eighth head coach in program history, Smith's sixth season continued the trend of setting program records as she guided the Jayhawks to their second-straight NCAA Tournament. 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 Abbie Butler
Abbie Sims enters her fourth 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.
"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.
For all questions regarding camp details or procedures contact Abbie Butler at email@example.com or call 785-864-7964!