Bredbenner becomes softball all-time wins leader at WSU


Khánh Nguyễn/ The Sunflower

Head coach Bredbenner smiles during the game against Texas A&M on May 21.

After defeating the Memphis Tigers 19-0, Wichita State softball Head Coach, Krisiti Bredbenner, earned her 314th victory and became the winningest coach in program history on Sunday.

“It’s awesome,” Bredbenner said. “The people that have been a part of all of those wins, whether they were on my staff or players on this team, they’re the ones that get the job done.”

The previous record was set by Jim Maynard, who coached at WSU from 1989-99, with 313 wins.

Bredbenner has been the Shockers’ active head coach since 2012 after resigning from Emporia State University. At ESU, Bredbenner also became the most winning coach with 326 victories. She also led the team to six back-to-back postseason appearances and two national championship appearances. 

At ESU, her staff was also named the MVC Coaching Staff of the Year.

Since joining the Shockers, she has led the WSU to three NCAA Regional Appearances, two NCAA Final Appearances and two conference tournament championships. She also helped 33 student-athletes earn all-conference accolades and 11 NFCA All-Region honors.

“Coach B and Coach E are great coaches to have, and they’ve really put me on the right path,” freshman Jessica Garcia said.

This season, the Shockers are currently second in the conference with a 10-2 trailing the UCF Knights who have an 11-1 record. WSU is also on an eight-game winning streak and are ranked 40th in RPI as they look to return to an NCAA Regional this summer.

“This team right now is special,” Bredbenner said. “They’re young, there’s a lot of belief in themselves. To do it with this team is pretty awesome.”