Wichita State Shockers

Shockers add pitching coach for softball team

Samantha Sheeley has been hired as pitching coach for Wichita State’s softball team.

Sheeley played two seasons at Emporia State for new Shocker coach Kristi Bredbenner. Sheeley, 25, went 31-8 with a 1.49 ERA in 2008, helping the Hornets to the NCAA Division II College World Series. She was named MIAA Pitcher of the Year and All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

“She’s high energy and obviously knows my coaching style,” Bredbenner said. “She’s ready to push these girls.”

Sheeley spent the past three seasons at Winona (Minn.) State as a graduate assistant. She also pitched professionally for the Tennessee Diamonds and the Rockford Thunder of the National Pro Fastpitch League.

Sheeley is from Coralville, Iowa and played at Indian Hills Community College before transferring to Emporia State.

Bredbenner said she expects to fill her other assistant coaching spot soon. She is interviewing a candidate on Friday.

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