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Even though we are at the end of August and going into September, and head coaching news keeps coming. Here is the latest.

Kristi Bredbenner Signs Extension With Wichita State

Bredbenner agrees to a 5-year extension with the Shockers. Bredbenner led the Shockers to the NCAA Tournament in 2018 making it to the regional final in Fayetteville.  She led the Shockers to a third-place finish in the AAC regular season. It was the program’s first year in the conference after moving from the Missouri Valley Conference. Bredbenner has been at Wichita State for seven seasons was a name that was floated for openings at Missouri earlier this off-season and other jobs, but now Bredbenner is locked up at Wichita State through 2023.

Kenzie Roark Named Head Coach at Ohio 

Roark comes to Ohio after four years at USC Upstate as the Spartans’ pitching coach, where she helped coach the team to three NCAA Tournament appearances (2015, ’16 and ’17). USC Upstate won the Atlantic Sun Conference regular season championship in 2015 and 2017. They won the ASUN Tournament Championship in 2015, ’16 and ’17. Before USC Upstate, Roark was the pitching coach at East Tennessee State (2012-2014). She pitched at Virginia Tech (08-12) being the number two pitcher behind Angela Tincher in 2008 when Hokies made it to Women’s College World Series.

Katie Jansson Named Head Coach at Iona

2018, Jansson served as head coach at Monroe College, located across town in New Rochelle. She was responsible for all aspects of running a competitive NJCAA Division I softball program including scheduling, travel coordination, practice planning, academic monitoring, recruiting, preparing scouting reports, facility and equipment management and strength and conditioning.

Jansson led the Mustangs to a 21-19 overall record and 2018 NJCAA Region X tournament berth, the first appearance in program history at the NJCAA DI level. Jansson played at Iona from 2010-2014.

Kassie Stanfill Named Head Coach at Austin Peay

Stanfill spent the past two seasons at her alma mater Louisville on the staff of legendary head coach Sandy Pearsall, who retired in June after starting the program in 2000. She replaces Rodney Delong, who resigned after the 2018 season to take the head coaching job at North Texas. Stanfill played at Louisville from 2006-2009 and had been rumored and linked to assistant coaching jobs at Texas Tech and Kennesaw State before landing at Austin Peay.

Chris Kuhlmeyer Named Head Coach at UMBC

As first reported on “In The Circle” Kuhlmeyer gets the Head Coaching job at UMBC.  Kuhlmeyer spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Miami (Ohio). Before Miami (Ohio), Kuhlmeyer spent seven seasons as the head coach at Belmont.

Mike Ruechel To Be Head Coach at Buffalo in 2019

Ruechel will act as the Interim head coach for the 2019 season. He takes over for Mike Roberts who left after one season to become an associate coach at Louisiana.

Bailey Wigness  Named Head Coach at USCB

Wigness spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Boise State University. She joined the Broncos coaching staff in August of 2015 and helped lead the team to new program heights, including records for most wins in a season (40), most conference wins in a season (18), the first conference title in school history, and the first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Before coaching at Boise State, Wigness spent a year with Arizona Christian University, where she handled the hitting and outfield coaching duties. Wigness was part of a coaching staff that achieved a program-best 31 wins in a season, a 20-win turnaround from the previous year, which marked the biggest turnaround in the NAIA in 2015. Now Wigness takes over the South Carolina Beaufort program.

SchoolPrevious CoachNew Coach
Alabama A&MNakeya HallCassandra Brown
Arkansas-Pine BluffKevin Montgomery
Austin PeayRodney DeLongKassie Stanfill
Boise StateCindy BallMaggie Livreri
BrownKatie FlynnKate Refsnyder
BryantShayne LotitoNick French
BuffaloMike RobertsMike Ruechel (interim)
CampbellTodd BradleySharonda McDonald
Central FloridaRenee Luers-GillispieCindy Ball
Charleston SouthernShane WinklerRussell Cooper (I)
Cleveland StateBecky NorrisAmy Kyler
DartmouthShannon Doepking
DelawareJohn SenecaJen Steele
DePaulEugene LentiTracie Adix-Zins
FordhamBridget OrchardMelissa Inouye
FurmanWally King (Interim)Wally King
George WashingtonJames DeFeoShane Winkler
GramblingWilbert EarlyNakeya Hall
HofstraLarissa AndersonJay Miller
HowardLauren McCoy
IonaMelissa InouyeKatie Jansson
IowaMarla LooperRenee Luers-Gillispie
Jackson StateDarnell WalkerKevin Montgomery
KansasMegan SmithJennifer McFalls
Kennesaw StatePete D'AmourTripp MacKay
LamarHolly BruderAmy Hooks
LouisvilleSandy PearsallHolly Aprile
Louisiana-MonroeCorey LyonMolly Fichtner
MarshallJen SteeleMegan Smith
MissouriGina Fogue (Interim)Larissa Anderson
Morehead StateDavid WilliamsSamantha Jones
NC StateShawn RychcikJennifer Patrick-Swift
North TexasTracey KeeRodney DeLong
Northern Colorado Shana EasleyNicole Trimboli (Interim)
OhioJodi Hermanek Horton Kenzie Roark
OmahaDJ SanchezAmanda Rivera-Eberhart
OregonMike WhiteMelyssa Lombardi
PittsburghHolly AprileJodi Hermanek
PresbyterianBritne StubbsDavid Williams
ProvidenceKerri JackletsJill Karwoski
QuinnipiacJill KarwoskiHillary Barrow
RutgersJay NelsonKristen Butler
Saint FrancisJennifer Patrick-SwiftJessica O'Donnell
Saint JohnsAmy Kvilhaug
Saint Mary'sJessica RodgersSonja Garnett
Sam Houstom StateBob BrockGarrett Valis
SIUESandy Montgomery Jessica Jones
Southern UtahTom GrayKortny Hall
SyracuseMike BoschMiranda Kramer (Interim)
TexasConnie ClarkMike White
ToledoKristen ButlerJoe Abraham
UABAmanda Ellis (Interim)Jimmy Kolaitis
UMBCHeather GelbardChris Kuhlmeyer
VillanovaMaria DibernardiBridget Orchard
Virginia TechScot ThomasPete D'Amour
Western IllinoisBeth Golitko (Interim)Beth Golitko
WinthropMark CookeWindy Thees

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