With recent additions having been made to the roster, the Mississippi State softball coaching staff just received an upgrade as well, in the form of two-time USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Keilani Ricketts.
Ricketts will serve as a volunteer assistant coach for the Bulldogs under head coach Vann Stuedeman.
The younger sister of MSU assistant coach Samantha Ricketts, Keilani completed her third season in National Pro Fastpitch August 17. Ricketts was selected fourth overall out of the University of Oklahoma by the USSSA Pride in the 2013 NPF College Draft and spent her 2011 and 2012 summers as a member of Team USA.
“There is something special about a two-time NCAA Player of the Year and national champion joining your softball family,” said Stuedeman. “I would like to introduce and welcome Keilani as the newest member of our coaching staff. She comes to us with vast amounts of experience.”
Keilani led the Sooners to the Women’s College World Series championship in 2013 from inside the circle and has been a member of Team USA the past two summers. Keilani was also named the WCWS Most Outstanding Player and the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year during the 2013 campaign.
“I am looking forward to helping the Mississippi State softball program, said Keilani. “I started following the team last year when my sister joined the staff and became a fan of the tenacity this team has with the leadership of these coaches. I am so thankful Vann is allowing me be a volunteer coach so that I can learn from her and her staff as well as offer whatever help the players need while I am here.”
A 2013 graduate of the OU, Keilani majored in communications. Along with her older sister, her other siblings include Richard (a former member of the Air Force Academy football team) and Stephanie (a former softball player at the University of Hawaii).
“What is more, is that she comes from a great family and is a quality person,” Stuedeman said. “She will serve as an invaluable role model for our student athletes. It has been said that if you surround yourself with good people, good things will happen. We are surrounding our program with good people and winners.”
(From MSU Media Relations)