Wichita State athletic director Darron Boatright announced Thursday that head softball coach Kristi Bredbenner has agreed to a five-year contract extension through the end of the 2023 season.
Bredbenner led the Shocker softball program to an NCAA Regional appearance last season and has posted a record of 202-181 during her first seven seasons at the helm. Her 202 wins rank second in school history behind Jim Maynard at 313. Two of Wichita State’s four NCAA appearances have come in the last three seasons under Bredbenner’s guidance.
“We are proud of the program Kristi has built here at Wichita State,” Boatright said. “She represents everything we look for in a coach and has continually brought in student-athletes who share the same high character principles both on and off the field.”
Led by Bredbenner, the Shockers have completed many firsts during her tenure, including the school’s first NCAA Regional win in the 2016 Norman Regional and the first conference regular season championship in 2014. Wichita State won two Missouri Valley Conference regular season titles as members of the MVC, the second coming in the final season as members (2016).
“I am honored and excited about the commitment Darron Boatright and Becky Endicott have made to the Shocker Softball program,” Bredbenner said. “Jamie and I love Wichita State and this commitment to the program sends a message to our recruits and the softball community that Wichita State is fully invested into the success of its softball program.
“The facility upgrades to Wilkins Stadium, technological support for hitting and pitching, and overall investment in the Shocker Softball staff gives this program the opportunity to compete at a high level in the American Athletic Conference and NCAA.”
During Wichita State’s first season in the American Athletic Conference, the Shockers went 32-23 overall and 12-9 in the league.