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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 TJ Hubbard

Hubbard comes to Lawrence after two seasons as the associate head coach for the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns. Prior to his stint in Lafayette, Hubbard spent six seasons as the head coach at North Texas.

Hubbard primarily oversees the Jayhawk hitters and outfielders.

In his first season with the Ragin’ Cajuns, Hubbard helped the squad to their sixth Women’s College World Series with a 49-10-1 mark, sweeping the Sun Belt regular season and tournament titles.
 
At North Texas, Hubbard led a Mean Green program that became one of the top teams in the Sun Belt Conference before their departure following the 2013 season. In his initial campaign leading North Texas (2008), Hubbard set a school-record 27 wins and the best finish at the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. He would later break that record twice, winning 29 games in both 2010 and 2013.


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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.