Kansas Jayhawk Softball
Official site for Jayhawk Softball Camps & Clinics
Head Coach Megan Smith
Associate Head Coach John Rittman
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.
Assistant Coach Abbie Butler
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
Beginning her first season as the Jayhawks' volunteer assistant coach, Hancock comes to Lawrence after spending the last six seasons as the pitching coach at the University of Pacific in California. She joined the Tigers' coaching staff after finishing her pitching career at UC Davis in 2009.
As a player, Hancock was a three-time all-conference honoree in the circle for the Aggies and enjoyed immense success in the circle throughout her five years at UC Davis. As a senior, Hancock led the conference with 172 strikeouts and was fifth in ERA (1.85). She also finished with 13 wins, five shutouts and 14 complete games. Her efforts earned her a spot on the All-Big West honorable mention team.
As a junior, Hancock posted 17 wins with 225 strikeouts and a 2.42 ERA in 43 appearances. For her play, Hancock was named a First-Team All-Big West pitcher, earning her second-straight first-team honor after picking up First-Team All-Division I Independent honors.
A native of Long Beach, California, Hancock earned a bachelor's degree in communications from UC Davis in 2009.
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.