Vann Stuedeman has finalized her coaching staff for the 2015 season.
On Monday, the fourth-year Bulldog head coach announced the hiring of Samantha Ricketts as the new hitting coach. She will also have game management and recruiting responsibilities. Ricketts has spent the last three seasons at Wichita State.
"Coach Ricketts is a perfect fit for our softball family," Stuedeman said in a school release. "A prolific hitter in her own right, she made a profound impact at Wichita State and its batting average went from .231 to .314 in just three years with the Shockers.
"We are excited and optimistic about Samantha's arrival to MSU as she is a proven winner. She possess the characteristics of a champion."
Ricketts helped lead the Shockers to the 2014 regular season Missouri Valley Championship. They finished just ninth in 2012 and eighth in 2013.
"I am very excited to be joining the Bulldog softball program as well as the Mississippi State family," Ricketts said. "I am looking forward to contributing to the success of the program that Vann Stuedeman has been building and I truly believe it is an exciting time to be at Mississippi State University."
Ricketts played college softball at the high-power Oklahoma University. She ended her career with the Sooners as the record holder in career home runs (48) and runs batted in (239), while ranking third in extra-base hits (97), total bases (444), slugging percentage (.645) and on-base percentage (.461).
She started in 192-straight games for Oklahoma and ended her career as the Big 12 career RBI leader. She earned first team All-Big 12 honors four times.
"Coach Ricketts' experience, maturity and proficiency will undoubtedly be an asset in moving our Bulldogs to the next level," Stuedeman said.
to ESPN 'Carwash'
MSU head football coach Dan Mullen will join six other Southeastern Conference coaches at ESPN headquarters today to participate in the annual ESPN "Carwash."
Mullen will be on several shows across the ESPN platform. The highlights include College Football Live, being on the new SportsCenter set and doing a spot on the very popular SVP and Russillo radio show.