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Jessica Cooley

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Softball Camps

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Vann Stuedeman Head Coach

Since being hired as the Mississippi State softball head coach on Thursday, June 23, 2011, Vann Stuedeman has invigorated the Bulldog program. In three seasons, the Vestavia Hills, Ala., native has led the squad to four consecutive NCAA Tournament trips and 33 or more wins each campaign.

After becoming the winningest first-year head coach in school history (.579/33-24 record) in 2012, Stuedeman followed up with another 33-24 campaign and a second-straight NCAA Tournament bid in 2013. The 2013 Bulldogs were named an Easton Team of the Year, joining Women’s College World Series participants Florida and Texas.

Stuedeman’s 2014 edition really took off, earning a program third-best 39 victories and an MSU second-best eight wins against ranked opponents. The Bulldogs made three-straight NCAA trips for the first time since 2007-09 and had three consecutive 30-win seasons for the first time since 1998-2008.

Included in the spring of 2014’s 39 victories were three-straight victories against top-five clubs with back-to-back wins against No. 3/2 Alabama on April 12-13 and a 2-0 triumph at No. 4/4 Tennessee on April 18. It was the first time the Bulldogs had won three consecutive games against ranked foes since taking seven straight from April 9-May 13, 2004, and the first time ever winning three straight against top-five opponents.

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Tyler Bratton Assistant Coach

Tyler Bratton is in his third season as an assistant coach with the Mississippi State softball program as head coach Vann Stuedeman used a face familiar to Starkville to fill her coaching void in December of 2013.

Tyler Bratton is in his third season as an assistant coach with the Mississippi State softball program as head coach Vann Stuedeman used a face familiar to Starkville to fill her coaching void in December of 2013.

The MSU outfield has committed just four errors and has posted a fielding percentage of .991 over the past two seasons.

In his second season with the program in 2015, MSU turned 22 double plays, which ranked third in the Southeastern Conference as nine different Bulldogs contributed to the 22 twin killings.

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Samantha Ricketts Assistant Coach

Samantha Ricketts enters her second year as a member of the Mississippi State coaching staff after spending the three years prior as an assistant coach at Wichita State University. Ricketts works with Bulldog hitters and has game management and recruiting responsibilities.

In her first season in charge of the MSU offense, State set new single-season records for home runs (54), batting average (.312), slugging percentage (.495). RBI (294) and on-base percentage (.416). MSU also finished second in the single-season record books for runs scored (326), doubles (84) and hit by pitch (72). State’s 753 total bases in 2015 ranked third in the MSU single-season record books.

In 2014 without Ricketts on the MSU staff, just two Bulldogs hit over .300, while in 2015 with Ricketts, nine Bulldogs hit over .300 (min. 5 AB).

With the Shockers, Ricketts worked with the team’s hitters and consistently improved their production. This last spring was her most successful as she helped the Shockers increase their overall win total by 15 from 2013 to 2014. Wichita State finished 21-6 in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) in 2014 to win the program’s first regular-season league title.

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Keilani Ricketts Volunteer Assistant Coach

The younger sister of MSU assistant coach Samantha Ricketts, Keilani completed her third season in National Pro Fastpitch on August 17, 2015 and two days later accepted a position as Volunteer Assistant Coach at Mississippi State. Ricketts was selected fourth overall out of the University of Oklahoma by the USSSA Pride in the 2013 NPF College Draft and has spent her 2013 and 2014 summers as a member of Team USA. She is also a two-time USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year (2012 and 2013).

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.

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).

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