Former Truman State All-American Kristi Bredbenner received a contract extension to lead Wichita State softball through the 2026 season. Director of Athletics Darron Boatright announced today (Fri) the extension adds three years onto Bredbenner’s existing contract, which was set to run through 2023.
Entering her 11th season at the helm, Bredbenner has guided the Shockers to two of the program’s three conference championships and three of the five NCAA Regional appearances. Wichita State is coming off arguably the best season in school history where the Shockers swept both the regular season and tournament championships in the American Athletic Conference, and advancing to just the second NCAA Regional final in school history. The 2021 Shockers won 41 games, the second most in school history, and shattered several single season records – most notably the single season home run record. Wichita State ranked second in the nation in home runs with 103, besting the previous school mark of 59.
In her four years at Truman, Bredbenner claimed nearly every hitting record, including career and single season records for games played, at bats, hits, doubles, home runs, total bases, RBI’s, walks, batting average, and slugging percentage. She graduated in 2001.
Another former Truman Softball standout, Elizabeth Economon, is on Bredbenner’s staff at Wichita State.