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What’s Inside This is Kansas 2-3 Arrocha Ballpark 4-5 First-Class Facilities 6-7 Anderson Family Strength Center 8-9 Team Bonding 10-11 The University of Kansas 12-13 Kansas Traditions 14-15 Lawrence & Kansas City 16 Academic Support Services Meet the Players 18 Kelsey Asldorf 19 Allie Clark 20 Kendra Cullum 21 Leah Daiber 22 Brittany Hile 23 Colleen Hohman 24 Maggie Hull 25 Rosie Hull 26 Marissan Ingle

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Julie Jenkins Alex Jones Liz Kocon Marisa Malazzo Kristin Martinez Mariah Montgomery Elsa Moyer Ashley Newman Ashley Spencer Laura Vickers

Coaches & Staff 37-38 Coach Megan Smith 39-40 Assistant Coach Adam Roorbach 41-42 Assistant Coach D.J. Mathis 43 Volunteer Assistant Coach Sara Ramirez SWA Debbie Van Saun/Team Managers 44 Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little 45 Athletics Director Sheahon Zenger 46 Support Staff

Credits Photos by Beau White, Jeff & Laura Jacobsen, University Relations and Lawrence Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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Bark in the Park

Arrocha Ballpark On Nov. 4, 2002, Kansas businesswoman Cheryl Womack pledged $2 million to help build a new softball stadium at the University of Kansas. The new stadium was named Arrocha Ballpark for Womack’s father, Demostenes Arrocha. Womack has been featured in such publications as Fortune, Forbes, USA Today and O - The Oprah Magazine. The worldwide business consulting firm, the STAR Group, once named her one of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World. Womack is a member of The Committee 200, a group of women who own or run some of America’s largest businesses. Womack is a past member of the National Women’s Business Council, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the board of directors and Small Business Council. Womack, one of 11 children, grew up in Kansas City, Kan., and graduated from KU. Additional improvements continue to be made to Arrocha Ballpark. A new computerized scoreboard was added thanks to the generosity of the Wiggans family. Also, the batting cages and bullpens have been resurfaced, a padded wall was added along the outfield fence and a new infield surface was installed all prior to the 2010 season.


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Bean Bag Races

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Facilities Kivisto Field & Jim Hershberger

1. Track at Memorial Stadium 2. Robinson Natatorium 3. Alvamar Golf Course 4. Rowing Boathouse


5. Rim Rock Farm 6. Horejsi Family Athletics Center 7. Hoglund Ballpark 8. Jayhawk Soccer Complex 9. Jayhawk Tennis Facility 10. Allen Fieldhouse


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Anschutz Sports Pavilion Anschutz Sports Pavilion is a 40,000-square-foot multipurpose building used by many Jayhawk teams. In addition to its 120-yard turf field, the facility also has batting cages.


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Anderson Family Strength & Conditioning Center Kansas student-athletes have exclusive access to the $8 million, 42,000-square-foot Anderson Family Strength and Conditioning Center, which features state-of-the-art weight training equipment, a cardiovascular workout area, meeting rooms and lockers.

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2010 Jay Rock Champions

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Upon her arrival at Kansas prior to the 2010 season, head coach Megan Smith installed the Jayhawks’ inaugural season of Rock Chalk Teams, an intra-squad competition that challenges the players in areas outside of softball. To date, the competitions have included a variety of contests such as Jayhawk Idol, pumpkin carving, survivor, triathalons and baking. The coaching staff also gets the team together for special meals throughout the year such as a welcome back dinner at the beginning of the school year and a holiday dinner before winter break.


The University of Kansas Founded in 1866 More than 30,000 students and 2,400 faculty members Nearly 200 fields of study in 13 different schools, from architecture, music and engineering to medicine, social welfare and law. Over 40 nationally-ranked graduate programs


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Kansas Traditions The Rock Chalk Chant The Rock Chalk Chant has been the battle cry of KU fans for more than 80 years. This strange, traditional chant, which is among the most famous of all college cheers, was started by E.H.S. Bailey, a professor of chemistry. Bailey wanted a cheer for his Science Club. Returning from a convention in Wichita, Bailey and some associates patterned a yell after the rhythmic cadence of their train rolling along the tracks. On May 21, 1886, Bailey submitted the cheer to his club. Before the University adopted the cheer in 1897, it consisted of “Rah, Rah, Jayhawk, KU” being repeated three times. An English professor soon suggested that “Rock Chalk” be substituted for “Rah, Rah” because it rhymed with Jayhawk. “Rock Chalk” was also symbolic of the chalky limestone formations found on Mount Oread. Teddy Roosevelt once said the Rock Chalk chant was the best he had ever heard. By 1886, the University of Kansas had adopted the mythical bird as part of the KU yell. When the university’s football team first took the field in 1890, it seemed only natural that they should be called Jayhawkers. Few colleges and universities have such a meaningful symbol, one so deeply associated with the struggles of the people who founded them. The Fight Song George “Dumpy” Bowles, a student with the class of 1912, longed to make a great contribution to the KU spirit, but wasn’t athletic enough to do historic deeds on the athletic field. He turned to music and produced some outstanding student musical shows. A song in one of these shows was “I’m a Jayhawk.” Written in 1912, it was dormant until 1920 when a growth in school spirit brought out “I’m a Jayhawk” once more. The song contributed to the raising of funds to


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build both the KU football stadium and student union as World War I memorials. The 1926 glee club made it known nationally. The School Colors The University of K Kansas colors, crimson and blue, used since th the early 1890s, are not the colors originally g ad adopted by the university Board of Re egents g i the 1860s. The Regents Regents in had decided d to adopt ad the Michigan colors, maize and sk ky blue. sky Maize and blue were used at early oratorical meets, and they may have been used when Kansas competed in rowing in the middle 1880s. However, when football came upon the scene in 1890, the student backers wanted to use Harvard crimson as the athletic color in honor of Col. John J. McCook, a Harvard man, who had given money for an athletic field at KU. That field ran east and west in the proximity of where the north bowl of Memorial Stadium stands on the Kansas campus today. Some Yale men were on the faculty, and they demanded the Yale blue be included. The rooters rallied forth to allow crimson and blue on their team. No one fought to retain the original colors, and the vivid deeper tone crimson and blue became generally used. Finally, in May 1896, the KU Athletic Board adopted crimson and blue as the official team colors for the university. The Alma Mater In 1891, professor George Barlow Penny searched for a school song for the Glee and Mandolin Club to sing on its tour through Kansas to Denver and back. No one responded with an original song in answer to his appeals. Just before departure, he thought of the Cornell song “Far Above Cayuga’s Waters.” Hastily changing a few words, he gave it to the glee club men to sing on the trip. He did not expect the song to be used after their return, but “Crimson and the Blue” still goes on. The music is not Cornell’s but an old English folk tune, “Annie Lisle.”

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The City of Lawrence Lawrence is not just another college community. It presents the easy-going feeling of a smaller town combined with big city cultural opportunities. A population of nearly 82,000 that comes from widely diverse backgrounds makes Lawrence an outstanding place to live and raise a family. A community that supports the University of Kansas with its heart and soul, Lawrence envelopes the students so they too think of Lawrence as their own hometown. Lawrence is well known for the arts, alternative music and downtown shops, galleries and restaurants. Population: 81,604 Lawrence was founded in 1854 by the New England Emigrant Aid Society in an effort to keep the territory free from slavery. Lawrence streets are named after the states in the order they came into the Union, beginning with Delaware. Massachusetts Street was designated the “main” street because Lawrence’s founders were from Massachusetts. Both the Oregon and Santa Fe trails run through parts of Lawrence and Douglas County, Kansas. Parents & Colleges: Top Ten Best College Towns The National Trust for Historic Preservation ranked Lawrence among its “Dozen Most Distinctive Destinations,” touting it as one of the best-preserved and unique communities in America. Lawrence has been rated among the top 15 in “The 100 Best Small Arts Towns in America” by author John Villani.


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Power & Light District

A Short Drive to Kansas City Kansas City, just 35 miles east of Lawrence, knows how to entertain visitors. After all, from its beginnings this city has a history of delighting travelers with flashy amusement parks and innovative shopping areas. Whether you are enjoying one of the many sporting events or watching a “hog” being assembled at the Harley-Davidson Final Assembly Plant, today’s traveler will find a multitude of diverse and fun attractions. Thrill-seekers of all ages love the side-by-side theme parks, Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun. For a wild time, head to the Kansas City Zoo where hundreds of exotic animals reside in their natural habitats. The Kansas City Power & Light District is a vibrant, new eight-block neighborhood in the heart of downtown Kansas City with a combination of entertainment, retail, nightlife and residential areas. The many tastes, flavors and entertainment options of the District makes each visit an exciting experience. The Truman Sports Complex is home to major league sports action for the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals at the side-by-side Arrowhead and Kauffman stadiums. In Kansas City, Kan., just off I-70 sits the Community America Ballpark, home of the Kanas City Wizards Soccer Team, and the Kansas Speedway, which hosts NASCAR’s premier series, the NEXTEL Cup Series. It also brings the superstars of the Indy Racing League’s IndyCar Series for an exciting season of heart-pounding motorsports action. No trip to Kansas City is complete without a visit to the Plaza. This 14-square-block outdoor shopping and entertainment district boasts romantic Spanish architecture, European art and dazzling fountains. Designed in 1922, the Plaza features boutiques and fashionable national stores as well as distinctive restaurants, outdoor cafés and nightlife hotspots. 2011 Kansas Softball


Academic Support Services Completed in May 2009, the $5 million, 15,600-square foot Academic Support Services facility boasts a 36-computer technology lab, informal group study areas, 24 individual tutor rooms, 19 private offices for staff, and beautiful views of campus to the north through a glass curtain wall. KU’s Strategic and Instructional Tutoring Program (STP) has 75 tutors who work with student-athletes. Tutoring is available to any student-athlete, regardless of scholarship status or sport.

The end of the academic school year is highlighted by a formal scholar-athlete dinner for all sports.


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The Players

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OF | L/R 5-6 | Jr. | 2L Littleton, Colo. Columbine H.S.


EKelsey AlsdorfG

2010 (So.) Saw action in 23 games mostly as a pinch hitter or pinch runner... Hit .429 (3-for-7) as a pinch hitter... Recorded her first career hit, a double, at Southern Illinois (3/6) and drove in a run... Made her first career start in the field vs. Western Illinois (3/7) in the KU outfield... Went 2-for-3 with two RBIs vs. Valparaiso (3/11)... Hit a pinch-hit RBI single vs. Massachusetts (3/18) and vs. Iowa State (5/8). 2009 (Fr.) Appeared in 22 games for the Jayhawks mainly as a pinch runner... Was 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts... Scored a run in the win versus rival No. 11 Missouri (4/1)... Made her first appearance in the outfield in a win against UMKC (4/14)... Scored a run in a win over Baylor (4/25). Columbine High School A four-year letterwinner in softball... An all-state second baseman in 2007... Two-time first team all-conference... Helped Rebels to district championship in 2007... Columbine’s offensive player of the year in 2006 and 2007... Had a .468 batting average and 1.000 fielding percentage her senior year... Also lettered in track two years... A National Honor Society member and academic all-state honorable mention. Club Played for the Colorado Stars Gold under coach Dave Hayner. Personal Born Kelsey Windsor Alsdorf in Littleton, Colo.... Daughter of Andy and Kathy Alsdorf... Has one sister, Carly... Majoring in sports management. Why I chose Kansas

“When I was little, I fell in love with the University. The campus, the traditions… all of it.”

Career Bests At bats: 4 at San Diego (3/20/10) Runs: 1, many times; last vs. Valparaiso (3/13/10) Hits: 2 vs. Valparaiso (3/11/10) RBI: 2 vs. Valparaiso (3/13/10) Walks: 2, 2x; last vs. Valparaiso (3/13/10) Assists: N/A Putouts: 2 vs. Western Illinois (3/7/10)

Kelsey's Career Statistics YR GP-GS 09 22-0 10 23-9 45-9


AVG .000 .269 .250

AB 2 26 28

R 6 2 8

H 0 7 7

2B 0 0 0

3B HR 0 0 0 0 0 0

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RBI 0 5 5

TB 0 7 7

SLG% .000 .269 .250

BB HBP 0 0 7 0 7 0

SO 0 7 7

OB% .000 .424 .400

SB-ATT 3-3 1-1 4-4

PO 0 3 3

A 0 0 0

E FLD% 0 .000 0 1.000 0 1.000

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EAllie ClarkG

2010 (Jr.) Split time as KU's designated hitter and pitcher... Made 49 starts, including 19 in the pitcher's circle... Shared the team lead with six home runs and was one of four players with 20-plus RBIs, batting in 20 runs... Pitched a team-high 145.0 innings of work in 34 appearances and earned the most wins with eight... Also saw the most circle time during Big 12 Conference play making 10 starts in 14 appearances... Sixth all-time at KU with a .477 career slugging percentage and eighth with 17 career home runs... Had at least one hit in every game of the Frost Classic (2/26-28)... Hit the game-winning home run in the second game of a doubleheader at Creighton (4/15), where she went 3-for-5 with two RBIs... Pitched a complete game shutout and held Western Illinois to one hit (3/7)... career-best seven batters at Missouri (4/7)... Limited Baylor to one run on three hits to earn KU its first conference victory (4/11). Struck out a career 2009 (So.) Played in 47 games and made 42 starts for KU, mostly as a designated hitter... Led the team with 10 home runs and a .573 slugging percentage as a cleanup hitter... Tied for first on the team with nine doubles... Also shared team lead with 30 runs batted in... Had nine multiple-hit games on the season and seven games with two-plus RBIs... Batted in the winning run versus No. 10 Cal (2/22) in the eighth inning... Recorded a career-best six RBIs against North Dakota State (3/6)... Hit a home run in four consecutive games in the series against Baylor and Wichita State (4/25 and 4/28)... Also made eight appearances from the pitcher’s circle and drew two starts... Threw the first 2.1 innings in a win versus No. 9 Northwestern (2/7)... Made another start versus Western Carolina (2/13) where she recorded a career-high seven strikeouts.

Career Bests At bats: 4, many times; last at Drake (5/5/10) Runs: 2, 7x; last at Nebraska (4/22/10) Hits: 3 at Creighton (4/15/10) RBI: 6 vs. North Dakota State (3/8/09) Walks: 2, 2x; last at Missouri (4/7/10) Assists: 5, 4x; last at Drake (5/5/10) Putouts: 6 vs. Missouri (4/1/09) Innings pitched: 9.0 at San Diego (3/20/10) Strikeouts: 7, 2x; last at Missouri (4/7/10)

2008 (Fr.) Made 29 appearances, including 12 starts, from the pitcher’s circle... Recorded one save and combined for four shutouts... Was 2-1 with 10 appearances in conference play... Tossed 33.2 innings against Big 12 teams and collected 21 strikeouts... Also made 14 appearances as a designated player and pinch hitter during the season... Collected four hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs, while scoring six herself.

Hesperia High School Member of the teams that won the 2004, 2006 and 2007 Mojave River League Championship... Qualified for the state quarterfinals in 2005, semifinals in 2006 and won the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Championship in 2007... Named first team all-league from 2004-2007 including league Most Valuable Player in 2006 and 2007... The 2006 Daily Press Athlete of the Year... Earned first team All-CIF honors in 2005 and 2006... Named league and Citrus Belt Area Athlete of the Year in 2007... Ended the 2007 season with an ERA of 0.00 highlighted by a 13-strikeout, three-hit performance in the CIF Championship game... Holds 10 single-season school records for Hesperia High School including 248 strikeouts, 66 assists, a .553 batting average, eight home runs, 39 runs, three triples, 11 doubles, 51 hits, 20 walks and a 20-game hitting streak... Made the Dean’s List (3.0-3.5) in 2004, 2005 and 2006... Earned honors on the Principal’s Honor Roll (3.6-4.0) in 2007. Personal Born Allison Leigh Clark in Hesperia, Calif.... Daughter of Lance and Pamela Clark... Has one sister, Regan, who played softball for Louisiana Tech University... An American studies major. Why I chose Kansas

“I knew it was my home. I knew it was special because I immediately felt like I belonged here.” Allie's Career Statistics (Batting) YR GP-GS 08 14-11 09 46-41 10 49-49 109-101

AVG .138 .258 .242 .238

AB 29 124 128 281

R 6 19 16 41

H 4 32 31 67

2B 0 9 3 12

3B HR 0 1 0 10 2 6 2 17

RBI 3 30 20 53

TB 7 71 56 134

SLG% .241 .573 .438 .477

BB HBP 4 1 6 7 17 5 27 13

SO 10 30 34 74

BB 42 5 85 132

2B 18 5 30 53

OB% .265 .328 .351 .332

SB-ATT 0-0 2-3 0-0 2-3

PO A 4 36 22 5 4 63 30 104

E FLD% 4 .909 4 .871 5 .931 13 .912

(Pitching) YR 08 09 10

ERA 3.10 4.33 3.91 3.64

W-L 9-4 0-2 8-12 17-18

APP 29 8 34 71

GS CG SH/CV SV IP H R 12 2 0/4 1 99.1 108 61 1 0 0/0 0 21.0 28 18 19 9 1/0 0 145.0 162 109 32 11 1/4 1 265.1 298 188

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ER 44 13 81 138

SO 58 25 72 155

3B 2 2 3 7

HR 6 2 9 17

BF 461 100 696 1257

B/AVG .267 .315 .274 .274

WP 13 3 17 33

HBP 3 4 5 12


UT | R/R 5-6 | Fr. | HS Conroe, Texas Conroe H.S.


EKendra CullumG

Conroe High School A four-year letterwinner from Conroe High School in Conroe, Texas... Named her team's MVP all four years and a team captain three times... Conroe HS's Wendy's Heisman Female Athlete of the Year in 2010... Selected all-district first team four times... Led all pitchers in her district in strikeouts as a sophomore... Helped her team to the state playoffs in 2009 and again in 2010... Also a decorated player in basketball and volleyball for the Tigers... Equally impressive in the classroom earning academic all-district every year in softball, basketball and volleyball, including academic all-state in basketball as a senior... A National Honor Society member. Club Played club softball for the Texas Peppers Gold under coach Richard Bass. Personal Born Kendra Ann Cullum in Texarcana, Texas... Daughter of Rick and Stormy Cullum... Has one brother, Derek... Plans to major in sports management with aspirations of becoming a college softball coach someday. Why I chose Kansas

“I love the tradition and the supportive atmosphere and it is the best school in the Big 12."


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C | R/R 5-8 | Jr. | 2L St. Louis, Mo. Ladue H.S.


ELeah DaiberG

Career Honors (2010): Named member of team's Leadership Council. 2010 (So.) Appeared in two games for the Jayhawks... Had one at-bat as a pinch hitter vs. Austin Peay (2/28). 2009 (Fr.) Made two appearances as a pinch hitter... Recorded first collegiate hit versus Bowling Green (2/15) when she doubled and also recorded her first RBI... Had an at-bat versus Harvard (3/1)... Served as the bullpen catcher during the season. Ladue High School Lettered in softball two years... Helped team to Suburban East Conference title in 2007 and the Rams’ first playoff victory in 20 years... Two-time first team all-conference selection at center field... Team captain as a senior and awarded school’s most outstanding female senior athlete... Led conference with .545 batting average and five home runs as a senior... Also lettered in soccer and cross country... Finished in the top five percent of her class. Club Played club ball for the Collinsville Extreme… Coached by Brett Swip. Personal Born Leah Renee Daiber in Breese, Ill.... Daughter of Thomas and Celeste Daiber... Has one brother, Jared... Exercise science major. Why I chose Kansas

“It was the perfect fit for me for both academics and softball.”

Career Bests At bats: 1, 3x; last vs. Austin Peay (2/28/10) Runs: N/A Hits: 1 vs. Bowling Green (2/15/09) RBI: 1 vs. Bowling Green (2/15/09) Walks: N/A Assists: N/A Putouts: N/A

Leah's Career Statistics YR GP-GS 09 2-0 10 2-1 4-1

AVG .500 .000 .333

AB 2 1 3

R 0 0 0

H 1 0 1

2B 1 0 1

3B HR 0 0 0 0 0 0

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RBI 1 0 1

TB SLG% 2 1.000 0 .000 2 .667

BB HBP 0 0 0 0 0 0

SO 1 0 1

OB% .500 .000 .333

SB-ATT 0-0 0-0 0-0

PO 0 0 0

A 0 0 0

E FLD% 0 .000 0 .000 0 .000


C | R/R 5-9 | Sr. | 3L Olathe, Kan. Blue Valley West H.S.


EBrittany HileG

Career Honors (2010): Academic All-Big 12 First Team, Named member team's Leadership Council. All-Big 12 Second Team. er of tea am''s L eadershi hip C hi Co oun unciil.l (2009): (200 (2 200 009) 9): ): Academic Accad A ademic d 2010 (Jr.) Started all 56 games at catcher... An Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection... Hit a personal season-best five home runs... Tied for the team-high with 25 RBIs and recorded a team-best seven multi-RBI games... Caught 22 base runners stealing throughout the season... Batted in a season-high four runs with her first career grand slam in the first game of a doubleheader vs. UMKC (3/30)... Also had a double against the Kangaroos... Went 5-for-10 in bases loaded situations during the year... Recorded two games with three RBIs- vs. Illinois-Chicago (3/6) and at San Diego (3/20)... Her sacrifice fly in the ninth inning at San Diego proved to be the game-winner... Hit a two-run home run at Missouri (4/7). 2009 (So.) Made 32 starts before being sidelined with an injury... Played catcher and outfield... Collected 17 hits in 36 games... Posted a .350 batting average when leading off an inning... Had five hits in five games during the KU Invitational (3/6-8)... Singled to left field in the seventh inning versus Western Carolina (2/13) to drive in the winning run... Tallied two hits versus No. 11 Tennessee (2/14)... Drove in three runs against Harvard (3/1)... Collected a season-high 14 putouts in the first game of a doubleheader versus Creighton (3/25).

Career Bests At bats: 4, many times; last vs. Texas Tech (5/15/10) Runs: 3 vs. Indiana State (3/8/08) Hits: 2, many times; last vs. Texas Tech (5/15/10) RBI: 4 vs. UMKC (3/30/10) Walks: 2, 2x; last vs. Tennessee Tech (2/27/10) Assists: 4, 2x; last vs. Texas (4/3/10) Putouts: 14 vs. Creighton (3/25/09)

2008 (Fr.) KU’s starting catcher... Played in all 56 games... Led the team with 11 doubles and was third with 37 hits... Recorded seven multiple-hit contests and five multi-RBI games... Had a four-game hitting streak three times... Hit two doubles in the second game of her career against Illinois State (2/9)... Hit her first collegiate home run in a 3-2 win over Portland State (2/15)... Scored three times versus Indiana State (3/8)... Tallied a career-high three RBIs in the second game of a doubleheader with Buffalo (3/14)... Connected for a double in three straight games (3/10-14). Blue Valley West High School A four-time letterwinner in basketball and softball... Led her team to the Eastern Kansas League (EKL) championship in 2006 and 2007 and district titles from 2005-07... Showed her versatility on the field by playing numerous positions throughout her career... Was named first team EKL shortstop in 2004, first team EKL catcher in 2005 and 2006... Named first team EKL pitcher in 2007... Received all-metro and All-Johnson County designated player honors from 2004-2007... Holds three records for Blue Valley West High School including home runs, batting average and on-base percentage... Named to the honorable mention EKL team for basketball in 2006... Named to the Principal’s Honor Roll. Club Played for the Wichita Mustangs... Coached by Mark Griggs. Personal Born Brittany Nicole Hile in Minneapolis, Minn.... Daughter of Fran and Dave Hile... Has one brother, David... Majoring in business. Why I chose Kansas

“I chose KU because of all of the traditions. Campus is not only beautiful, but it gives me a home-like atmosphere and it is in a college town instead of a big city where I can get lost. When people hear Lawrence, they think KU.” Brittany's Career Statistics YR GP-GS 08 56-55 09 36-32 10 56-56 148-143


AVG .245 .202 .218 .218

AB 151 84 164 399

R 24 8 15 47

H 37 17 33 87

2B 11 3 5 19

3B HR 0 3 0 2 0 5 0 10

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RBI 24 8 25 57

TB SLG% 57 .377 26 .310 53 .323 136 .341

BB HBP 13 4 5 1 11 2 29 7

SO 41 31 46 118

OB% .316 .253 .257 .279

SB-ATT 3-3 2-3 0-0 5-6

PO 258 108 222 588

A 24 10 45 79

E FLD% 5 .983 1 .992 8 .971 14 .979


P | R/R 5-10 | Fr. | HS Naperville, Ill. Neuqua Valley H.S.

EColleen HohmanG

Neuqua Valley High School A four-year pitcher for Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Ill.... Named all-area in 2009 and 2010... All-conference selection three times, including all-conference pitcher of the year in 2009 as a junior... Posted a 0.68 ERA, 16-6 record and 250 strikeouts in 2009 to earn all-state honorable mention... Best high school game was a one-hit, 17 strikeout performance her junior year... Lettered in basketball twice. Club Coached by Dan Bryant on the Lemont Rockers team. Personal Born Colleen Hohman in Barrington, Ill.... Daughter of David and Maureen Hohman... Has two younger sisters, Erin and Shannon... Father played basketball at Holy Cross... Great great uncle, Wally Pipp, played baseball for the New York Yankees. Why I chose Kansas

“The campus is beautiful and the basketball games are amazing!�

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OF | L/L 5-7 | So. | 1L Lawrence, Kan. Free State H.S.


EMaggie HullG

2010 (Fr.) One of two freshmen to start all 56 games... Led Kansas with nine sacrifice hits... Owned a .545 success rate advancing runners as a slap hitter... Eight of her 12 RBIs came during two-out situations... Had a two-run double and a walk at No. 3/9 Florida (2/19)... Hit .438 during the San Diego Classic II (3/17-20)... Recorded at least one hit in each of the last five games during the San Diego Classic II... Connected for a season-best three hits three times in 2009- vs. Marshall (2/21), vs. Austin Peay (2/28) and vs. Nebraska (4/14). Free State High School Named first team all-conference and all-area and second team all-state and all-KC metro in 2009... A Regional Champion in 2007 and 2006... Sunflower League Champion in 2007... Named first team all-conference, all-state and all-KC-metro in 2007... Had a .520 batting average her sophomore season... Selected to the Kansas City Star Scholar Athlete of Free State, Kansas Honor Scholar, President's Mark of Excellence, National Honor's Society and graduated in the top 10 percent of her class. Career Bests At bats: 5 vs. Marshall (2/21/10) Runs: 2, 2x; last at Missouri (4/7/10) Hits: 3, 3x; last vs. Nebraska (4/14/10) RBI: 2, 3x; last vs. Harvard (3/19/10) Walks: 2 vs. Massachusetts (3/18/10) Assists: 1 at Oklahoma (5/1/10) Putouts: 4 vs. Nebraska (4/14/10)

Club Played for the Olathe Rockets Gold.... Coached by John Moppin. Personal Born Margaret Eve Hull in Topeka, Kan... Daughter of Rob and Marilyn Hull... Has three siblings, Marie, Jack and Rosie... Twin sister Rosie is also a freshman on the KU softball team... Over 15 relatives have attended KU... Plans to major in journalism. Why I chose Kansas

“Both of my parents and all of my siblings have gone to KU. Even my grandma went to KU! Raised in Lawrence, I am a Jayhawk at heart. I could not imagine going anywhere else.�

Maggie's Career Statistics YR GP-GS 10 56 56-56 56


AVG .253

AB 150

R 13

H 38

2B 4

3B HR 0 0

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RBI 12

T TB SLG% 42 .280

BB HBP 10 1

SO 27

OB% .304

SB-ATT 4-4

PO 57

A 1

E FLD% 2 .967

OF | L/R 5-7 | So. | 1L Lawrence, Kan. Free State H.S.


ERosie HullG

Career Honors (2010): KU's Offensive Player of the Year. 2010 (Fr.) Led the Jayhawks with a .350 batting average and shared team lead with 55 hits... Named the team's offensive player of the year... Led KU's outfielders with 58 putouts... Recorded a team-best 10-game hitting streak and had 13 contests of multiple hits... Opened the season with seven hits in her first seven at-bats... Went 3-for-3 and scored twice in her first career start at No. 3/9 Florida (2/19)... Went 13-for-20 (.650) during the San Diego Classic II (3/17-20), which raised her batting average by more than 80 points... Had two 4-for-4 outings- vs. Missouri State (3/14) and vs. UIC (3/20)... Also scored twice and drove in a run versus the Flames... Scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning at San Diego (3/20)... Finished 3-for-3 and scored three times vs. Harvard (3/19). Free State High School In 2009, named first team all-state and all-KC-Metro and elected to play in the annual Missouri-Kansas game... A Regional Champion in 2007 and 2006... Sunflower League Champion in 2007... Had a .507 batting average her senior season.... Selected to the National Honor Society, Principal's Honor Roll and Kansas Honor Scholar. Club Played for the Olathe Rockets Gold... Coached by John Moppin. Personal Born Rose Renee Hull in Topeka, Kan... Daughter of Rob and Marilyn Hull... Has three siblings, Marie, Jack and Maggie... Twin sister Maggie is also a freshman on the KU softball team... Over 15 relatives have attended KU... Will study human biology. Why I chose Kansas

“KU is home to me. I was born a Jayhawk and will always be a Jayhawk! I could never see myself anywhere else- this is the best place to be!� Career Bests At bats: 5 vs. Wichita State (4/28/10) Runs: 3 vs. Harvard (3/19/10) Hits: 4, 2x; last vs. Illinois-Chicago (3/20/10) RBI: 1, many times; last vs. Iowa State (5/8/10) Walks: 2, 2x; last at Nebraska (4/22/10) Assists: 1, 5x; last vs. Oklahoma State (4/18/10) Putouts: 6 at San Diego (3/20/10)

Rosie's Career Statistics YR GP-GS 10 51-50

AVG .350

AB 157

R 21

H 55

2B 2

3B HR 0 0

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TB SLG% 57 .363

BB HBP 10 0

SO 36

OB% .389

SB-ATT 4-5

PO 58

A 5

E FLD% 2 .969


IF | R/R 5-4 | Jr. | 2L Olathe, Kan. Olathe North H.S.


EMarissa IngleG

2010 (So.) Played at second base during her first two career starts but moved across the diamond to third base for the remainder of the season... Tied for team-lead with six home runs... Second on the team during Big 12 Conference play with a .257 batting average and led the team with eight RBIs... Went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a home run to drive in four runs versus Marshall (2/21)... Hit a double and a home run for three RBIs in the first game of a doubleheader versus Missouri State (3/14)... Recorded two RBIs off two hits in KU's win versus Iowa State (5/8). 2009 (Fr.) Made seven appearances for the Jayhawks mainly as a designated hitter... Had an at bat in the team's first conference series of the year at Oklahoma State (3/22)... Played two innings at second base in the nightcap of a doubleheader versus UMKC (4/14)... Recorded her first career assist at second base in the first game at Wichita State to end the contest (4/28). Olathe North High School A two-time first team all-state selection… Selected first team all-Sunflower League three times, twice as a catcher and once as an infielder… Also a three-time first team all-city honoree… Awarded offensive player of the year by her teammates three years… Olathe North Outstanding Female of the Year as a senior… An All-American scholar-athlete all four years. Club Played club ball for the KC Peppers Gold… Won first place in the 18U Major USSSA Nationals in 2007 and was chosen to the tournament all-world team… Coached by Dan Eakin. Personal Born Marissa Lynne Ingle in Independence, Mo.... Daughter of Mark and Lorie Ingle… Has an older brother, Kyle… A health and physical education major. Why I chose Kansas

“I grew up a Jayhawk. I couldn’t see myself at any other school. I bleed Crimson and Blue. Rock Chalk!” Career Bests At bats: 4, 2x; last vs. Wichita State (4/28/10) Runs: 2 vs. Marshall (2/21/10) Hits: 3 vs. Marshall (2/21/10) RBI: 4 vs. Marshall (2/21/10) Walks: 1, many times; last vs. Iowa State (5/8/10) Assists: 5 vs. Oklahoma State (4/17/10) Putouts: 2, 3x; last vs. Texas Tech (5/15/10)

Marissa's Career Statistics YR GP-GS 09 7-0 10 48-47 55-47


AVG .000 .168 .158

AB 7 113 120

R 0 14 14

H 0 19 19

2B 0 5 5

3B HR 0 0 0 6 0 6

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RBI 0 19 19

TB SLG% 0 .000 42 .372 42 .350

BB HBP 0 0 10 1 10 1

SO 3 40 43

OB% .000 .238 .226

SB-ATT 0-0 0-0 0-0

PO 0 21 21

A 1 89 90

E FLD% 0 1.000 12 .902 12 .902

OF | R/R 5-4 | So. | 1L Mount Olive, N.J. Mount Olive H.S.


EJulie JenkinsG

2010 (Fr.) Made 23 starts in the KU outfield and had two at-bats during the season... Connected for a hit in her first career at-bat at Drake (5/5)... Made a career-high three putouts four times: vs. UMKC (3/30), vs. Texas (4/2), at Creighton (4/15) and vs. Iowa State (5/8). Mount Olive High School Named all-area player of the year, team captain, team MVP, and helped Mount Olive High School to a conference championship in 2009... Member of MOHS state championship team in 2008... Three-time first team all-conference, all-area and all-county... Had a .415 batting average her senior year... Also lettered in swimming, tennis and soccer... Selected to the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, World Language Honor Society and also won her school's Outstanding Athlete Award. Club Played for the Morris County Belles under coach Don Kiemel. Personal Born Julie Noelle Jenkins in Austin, Texas... Daughter of David and Linda Jenkins... Has three siblings, Missiaen, Casey and Hannah... Aunt, Marilyn Jenkins, attended KU and played on the women's basketball team... Hannah is a member of the rowing team at the University of Virginia... Seven relatives also attended KU... A pre-med major. ajo . Why I chose Kansas

“I chose ch KU because of the great sport sports and traditions.� Career Bests At bats: 1, 2x; last at Drake (5/5/10) Runs: 1, 5x; last at Creighton (4/15/10) Hits: 1 at Drake (5/5/10) RBI: N/A Walks: N/A Assists: N/A Putouts: 3, 4x; last vs. Iowa State (5/8/10)

Julie's Career Statistics YR GP-GS 10 32-23

AVG .500

AB 2

R 5

H 1

2B 0

3B HR 0 0

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TB SLG% 1 .500

BB HBP 0 0

SO 1

OB% .500

SB-ATT 0-0

PO 21

A 0

E FLD% 0 1.000


P/OF | L/R 5-7 | So. | 1L Enid, Okla. Enid H.S.


EAlex JonesG

Career Honors (2010): Team Rookie of the Year, Named member of team's Leadership Council. 2010 (Fr.) Kansas' leadoff off batter... Made 53 starts in centerfield and at pitcher... Named Rookie of the Year by the KU coaching staff... Led the Jayhawks with 29 runs scored, 23 starts from the circle and 12 stolen bases... Shared team lead of 55 hits... Tied for third in the conferece with three triples... Recorded a team-high 16 multi-hit games, including 10 of her first 16 outings... Had two hits, two runs and a stolen base in collegiate debut vs. Louisville (2/12)... Scored three times in KU's first victory of the season vs. Sam Houston State (2/13) while also pitching for six scoreless innings... Tallied three hits three times- vs. Marshall (2/21), vs. UMKC (3/30) and vs. Wichita State (4/28)... Struckout a career-high seven batters vs. Illinois-Chicago (3/20)... Threw a complete game shutout vs. UMKC (3/30)... Ended the season tossing a onehit complete game win at Drake (5/5) followed by a complete game shutout vs. Iowa State (5/8). Enid High School Back-to-back conference champs in 2008 and 2007... 6A Academic state champs in 2008... Four-year all-conference player and two-time conference MVP... Also selected the conference's offensive player of the year as a senior... An all-state and all-American scholar honoree as a senior... Two-time NFCA All-South Region First Team... Chosen as an NFCA High School All-American Third Team member her junior year... Holds school records in single-season batting average, ERA, season strikeouts and winning percentage and is Enid's all-time strikeouts leader... Also a conference and regional champion in the long jump as a senior. Club Played for the Tulsa Shootout Gold under coaches Krystel Markwardt and Tim Burton. Personal Daughter of Jeff and Sherri Jones... Has two sisters, Sydni and Bayli... Sydni is a senior softball player at Iowa State... A National Honor Society member and her school's valedictorian... Graduated with honors and distinction... Undecided on a major. Career Bests At bats: 5, 4x; last vs. Wichita State (4/28/10) Runs: 3 vs. Sam Houston State (2/13/10) Hits: 3, 3x; last Wichita State (4/28/10) RBI: 2, 2x; last vs. Illinois-Chicago (3/20/10) Walks: 1, 7x; last at Oklahoma (5/2/10) Assists: 3 vs. Missouri State (3/14/10) Putouts: 3, 3x; last vs. Wichita State (4/28/10) Innings pitched: 7.0, 6x; last vs. Iowa State (5/8) Strikeouts: 7 vs. Illinois-Chicago (3/6/10)

Why I chose Kansas

“I always heard that you ‘just know’ what college is the best suit for you solely by the feeling you get stepping on campus. For me, KU was that college. On my first visit, I remember being overwhelmed with the beauty of campus and to this day, I still feel that way. The scenery caught my attention, but it was the team, the competition of the Big 12 and extreme potential for success that solidified my decision, and I couldn’t be happier! Rock Chalk!”

Alex's Career Statistics (Batting) YR GP-GS 10 53-53

AVG .301

AB 183

R 29

H 55

2B 3

3B HR 3 0

RBI 10

TB SLG% 64 .350

BB HBP 7 1

SO 41

BB 38

2B 26

OB% .330

SB-ATT 12-14

PO 46

A 29

E FLD% 1 .987

(Pitching) YR 10


ERA 3.78

W-L 7-10

APP 24

GS CG SH/CV SV 23 7 3/0 0

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IP 92.2

H 106

R 58

ER 50

SO 51

3B 3

HR 8

BF 424

B/AVG .286

WP 10


OF | L/L 5-7 | RS-Jr. | 2L Katy, Texas James E. Taylor H.S.


ELiz KoconG

Career Honors (2009): Academic All-Big 12 Second Team. 2010 (Redshirt) Will redshirt the 2010 season... Started the first five games of the 2010 season before suffering a season-ending injury... Batted in three runs and scored twice in a 1-for-3 outing vs. Sam Houston State (2/13)... Recorded a double at Houston (2/13). 2009 (So.) Played 51 games in the KU outfield, including 47 starts... Shared the team lead with 30 RBIs... Her nine home runs were second-best on the squad and tied for the ninth-most single-season home runs at KU... Led the Jayhawks with six homers and eight runs batted in during Big 12 play... The six homers in conference games ranked third in the Big 12... One of toughest Jayhawks to strikeout with only 27 Ks in 132 at bats... Her .487 career slugging percentage is the sixth-best in Kansas history... Led the team with eight multi-RBI games and had 10 contests with multiple hits... Batted in two runs in an 8-7 win versus No. 9 Northwestern (2/7)... Recorded three runs on two hits against Missouri State (3/24)... Hit two home runs at Texas Tech (4/4) and again at Wichita State (4/28)... Tied a career best with four RBIs at WSU. 2008 (Fr.) Made 49 starts in 51 appearances in the outfield... Led KU freshmen with a .278 batting average, third-best on the team overall... Third on the team with 37 hits, while her 26 RBIs were second... Led the team with 13 RBIs in conference games... Had a team-high 12 total sacrifice hits... Recorded a .444 slugging gg g percentage and tallied seven doubles and five home runs during the season... Batted in multiple runs seven times and had four multi-hit contests... Had four hitting streaks of four games... Averaged .833 from the plate with runners on third and less than two outs... Picked up a double and scored a run in her first collegiate appearance against Central Arkansas (2/8)... Collected a career-high four RBIs on a grand slam at Baylor (4/5)... Finished a career-best 3-for-4, including a home run, in a 4-3 victory versus Missouri State (3/26). James E. Taylor High School Named first team all-district for three-straight years... Earned all-state honors as a senior... Tied her own home run record (six) in her senior season. Club Played for the Houston Power... Coached by John Glowacz. Personal Born Elizabeth Irene Kocon in Champlin, Minn.... Daughter of Steve Kocon and Joanne Kimmich... Has five siblings; Zach, TJ, Matt, Emily and Alex... Majoring in community health. Why I chose Kansas

“KU is a Big 12 school and its location in the midwest is perfect for me because it is between where both sides of my family live.�

Career Bests At bats: 4, many times; last vs. Houston (2/13/10) Runs: 2, 5x; last vs. Sam Houston State (2/13/10) Hits: 3 vs. Missouri State (3/26/08) RBI: 4, 2x; last at Wichita State (4/28/09) Walks: 2 vs. Illinois State (2/10/08) Assists: 1, 6x; last at Iowa State (5/2/09) Putouts: 3, 2x; last vs. BYU (2/20/09)

Liz's Career Statistics YR GP-GS 08 51-49 09 51-47 10 5-5 107-101

AVG .278 .273 .154 .270

AB 133 132 13 278

R 17 17 2 36

H 37 36 2 75

2B 7 7 1 15

3B HR 0 5 0 9 0 0 0 14

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RBI 26 30 4 60

TB 59 70 3 132

SLG% .444 .530 .231 .475

BB HBP 6 4 11 2 2 0 19 6

SO 26 27 5 58

OB% .320 .333 .250 .323

SB-ATT 3-3 3-6 1-1 7-10

PO 29 24 5 58

A 2 4 0 6

E FLD% 1 .969 3 .903 0 1.000 4 .941



UTL | R/R 5-3 | Fr. | HS Coppell, Texas Coppell H.S.

EMarisa MalazzoG

Coppell High School Lettered four years in softball at Coppell High School... Guided the Cowgirls to three-straight bi-district championships from 200810... Hit a walk-off triple to help Coppell win district in 2010... Played in the state semi-finals in 2008 and quarterfinals in 2009... Selected first team all-district district in 2008 and 2010 and earned second team accolades in 2009... A participant in the District 5A all-star game her senior season... ... Chosen as her school's Cowgirl of the Ye Year as a sophomore and again her senior year. Club Played ffor or the A American Freedom 18U Gold club team under coach Tim Soefje. Persona al Personal Born Marisa Marisa Malazzo M in Dallas, Texas... Daughter of Joe Malazzo and Reba Ferguso on... Has three brothers: Jeremy, John and Jacob... Plans to major in biology Ferguson... and wou uld like to go to medical school following undergraduate school. would Why I cchose hose K Kansas

“I wan wanted nted to be a part of the great Jayhawk community and family.�


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P | L/L 5-4 | Fr. | HS Texas City, Texas O'Connell College Prep

EKristin MartinezG

O'Connell College Prep/Texas City High School Lettered in softball for two years at Texas City High School before spending her final two seasons with O'Connell College Preparatory... Compiled a 0.54 ERA in 2009 to help lead O'Connell to a state championship... Named district MVP and to the all-tournament team during her senior season... Hit a walk-off home run to advance her team to state in 2010... O'Connell also won district in 2009... Garnered first team all-state honors twice and named first team all-district all four years...Member of Texas City's regional championship team in 2007... Also named the Galveston county player of the year. Club A member of the Impact Gold team... Coached by KC Jackson. Personal Born Kristin Angela Martinez in Texas City, Texas... Daughter of Gilbert and Mechelle Martinez... Has a younger brother, Adrian... Plans to major in pre-med. Why I chose Kansas

“As soon as I saw the campus, I loved it. I also really like the coaches and my teammates. It just felt like the right fit for me.�

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IF | R/R 5-6 | So. | 1L Ralston, Neb. Ralston H.S.


EMariah MontgomeryG

Career Honors (2010): All-Big 12 Second Team... Team MVP. 2010 (Fr.) One of two freshmen to start all 56 games... Named All-Big 12 Second Team... Awarded team MVP by the KU coaching staff... Led KU with 11 doubles, 26 walks and 25 RBIs... Her 26 walks rank ninth all-time in a KU single season... Second on the team with a .302 batting average and 48 hits... Picked up momentum during the second half of the season to pace the Jayhawks with a .294 batting average during Big 12 Conference games... Struck out just three times during her last 45 at-bats, a span of 15 games, to go along with a .400 average... Scored three times and had three hits, including a pair of doubles, versus Marshall Career Bests (2/21)... Batted in a season-high three runs on a 4-for-4 outing versus Harvard (3/19)... Had a string At bats: of four-straight contests with multiple hits (4/24-28)... Recorded back-to-back games with a home 5, 2x; last vs. Wichita State run: at Nebraska (4/22) and vs. Texas Tech (2/24). (4/28/10) Runs: 3 vs. Marshall (2/21/10) Hits: 4 vs. Harvard (3/19/10) RBI: 3 vs. Harvard (3/19/10) Walks: 2, 6x; last at Drake (5/5/10) Assists: 6 vs. Eastern Carolina (2/20/10) Putouts: 5 vs. Texas Tech (4/24/10)

Ralston High School Selected as the Ralston High School Female Athlete of the Year in 2009 and 2008... Finalist for 2008 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Nebraska... Conference Champion in 2009, 2007 and 2005... District Champion in 2007 and 2005... Named first team all-state, all-Omaha area and all-conference, as well as Lincoln Journal Star's super state first team in 2008, 2007 and 2006... School career RBI record holder with 109 and owns Class B state record for triples in a season with 10. Club Played for the Ralston Renegades.... Coached by Marv Schrage. Personal Born Mariah Kasey Montgomery in Honolulu, Hawaii... Daughter of Terry and Kim Ladner and Scott and Lita Montgomery... Has three siblings, Mitch, Hailey and Gracie... Was given the nickname "Mia" by her teammates and coaches of her little league soccer team after Mia Hamm... Plans to major in sports management. Why I chose Kansas

“I immediately fell in love with the people around me and the beautiful campus. The traditions became a part of me and I couldn't see myself any place else!� Mariah's Career Statistics YR GP-GS 10 56-56


AVG .302

AB 159

R 22

H 48

2B 11

3B HR 1 5

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RBI 25

TB SLG% 76 .478

BB HBP 26 0

SO 44

OB% .398

SB-ATT 0-1

PO 83

A 101

E FLD% 16 .920


OF | R/R 5-4 | Fr. | HS Kirkland, Wash. Lake Washington H.S.

EElsa MoyerG

Lake Washington High School Lettered in softball four times at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, Wash.... Named second team all-county as a senior... Also awarded her team's golden glove award in 2010... An NFCA All-West Region Second Team and first team all-county selection in 2008... Earned the Kangaroos' outfield award as a junior... Owns career averages of a .665 batting average, .690 on base percentage and a .862 slugging percentage at Lake Washington. Club Member of the Washington Ladyhawks Gold club team... Coached by Wayne Miller. Personal Born Elsa Moyer in Hong Kong, China... Daughter of Robert and Christine Moyer... Has a younger brother, Max... Father also attended KU... Uncle, Steve, played football at Chattanooga, uncle, Donald, played football at Auburn and great aunt, Allison, played tennis at Rice... Plans to major in journalism like her father. Why I chose Kansas

“The team is like another family to me and I know they have my back through everything. My dad also attended KU and I’ve been a Jayhawk fan since I was younger.”

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IF | R/R /R 5-5 | Fr. | HS a, Kan. Salina, Salina South H.S.


EAshley NewmanG

Salina South High School Softball letterwinner from Salina South High School in Salina, Kan.... Helped the Cougars to three consecutive state tournament appearances... Team also won regionals in 2007... Named all-league and all-state second team in 2009 after leading her team with a .488 batting average, 40 hits and 16 stolen bases... Named her team's defensive player of the year and earned the golden glove award. Club Played for the Wichita Mustangs Gold under head coach Mark Griggs. Personal Born Ashley ShawntĂŠ Newman... Daughter of Lester and Joanne Newman... Has two brothers, Anthony and Aaron... Would like to major in pre-medicine... Cousin, Terence Newman, played football at Kansas State and then the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. Why I chose Kansas

“II fell in love with the campus and my teammates and coaches are great." great.


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P | R/R 5-8 | Jr. | TR Weir, Kan. Southeast H.S./Cowley County CC

EAshley SpencerG

Cowley County Community College Pitched for two seasons at Cowley County CC in Arkansas City, Kan.... Earned all-American second team honors both seasons... Helped Cowley County to its sixth-straight Jayhawk East Conference championship as a sophomore in 2010... Named Jayhawk East Conference MVP after posting a 24-1 record with a 1.20 earned run average her freshman year when the Tigers placed fifth at nationals... Team earned a top-10 national ranking during the 2009 season... Also proved to be a valuable asset at the plate posting a .356 batting average, four home runs and 23 runs batted in. Southeast High School Lettered all four years in softball, volleyball and basketball at Southeast High School in Cherokee, Kan.... Named first team allconference four times in softball... Reached the 1,000 point club in basketball. Club Played for the Technocats under coach Daryl Hoelting. Personal Born Ashley Bernice Spencer in Clarmore, Okla.... Daughter of Anthony and Sonjia Leone... Has one sister, Ariel... Mother pitched at Coffeyville Community College... Majoring in abnormal behavior science... Would like to become a college coach. Why I chose Kansas

“I have always been a KU fan. It all started when I was younger and I attended my first 'Late Night in the Phog.' That’s when I fell in LOVE! I chose Kansas because I was fortunate enough to attend a camp with Coach Smith. From then on I chose KU because of softball.”

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IF | R/R 5-5 | Fr. | HS Olathe, Kan. Olathe East H.S.


ELaura VickersG

Olathe East High School Played shortstop for Olathe East High School in Olathe, Kan.... Ranked No. 18 in her recruiting class according to ESPNU... Team won state in 2007 and won regionals in 2008 and 2009... Named all-state first team and NFCA All-American Honorable Mention in 2009... Kansas Sunflower League Player of the Year, KC Star Player of the Year and NFCA All-America Second Team in 2008... Sunflower League's Newcomer of the Year her freshman season... Owns three single-season school records including slugging percentage (1.112), RBIs (50) and triples (14). Club Member of the KC Peppers Gold... Coached by Dan Eakin. Personal ne broth th her, eerr St SSteffen, teffeen, n and a sister, Taylor... Born Laura Abbygale Vickers in Tulsa, Okla.... Daughter of David and Sherry Vickers... Has one brother, Plans to major in business administration. Why I chose Kansas

“It is close to home and the team is awesome.�


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The Staff

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Head Coach Second Season

EMegan SmithG

Named the program's eighth head coach, Megan Smith is back for her second season at the helm of the Kansas softball team. Smith, who previously spent three seasons as an assistant coach at perennial power Louisiana State University, was named the Jayhawks' head coach on June 24, 2009. In her inaugural season at KU in 2010, Smith's young team picked up an upset of No. 23 Baylor and a come-from-behind victory at San Diego, while Mariah Montgomery earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors and Amanda Jobe was named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District. In addition to Jobe, three other Jayhawks were recognized for their efforts in the classroom as Ally Stanton, Alicia Irwin and Brittany Hile were all members of the Academic All-Big 12 team. Before taking over the reigns at Kansas, Smith helped take the LSU softball team to the NCAA Tournament all three years she was on staff. She also helped the Tigers maintain their status as the third-winningest softball program in the last 12 seasons. As a first-base coach at LSU, Smith's primary responsibilities included working with the infield and assisting with the pitching and hitting aspects of the program. Smith was instrumental in the



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development of shortstop Juliana Santos, who earned All-South Region First-Team and SEC All-Freshman honors in 2009. In 2008, Smith guided the Tigers' infield to its best defensive season in program history with a .974 fielding percentage. The mark ranked 13th in the NCAA. Among the Tigers' three tournament appearances with Smith in the dugout, LSU made an appearance in the 2007 Super Regionals. That year, the Tigers also won their fifth SEC Tournament, while posting the program's third-best fielding mark with a .970 fielding percentage. While with LSU, Smith also shared responsibilities for practice planning and recruiting, and organized camps and clinics. Prior to LSU, Smith served as the head coach at Western Carolina in WCU's inaugural season in 2006. There, Smith orchestrated a storybook season in which the Catamounts compiled a 41-20 record, including a 16-4 conference mark that earned them the regular season championship and warranted conference coach of the year honors for Smith. The Southern Conference also awarded Smith's players with conference pitcher of the year and freshman of the year accolades, while six Catamounts were

named all-conference, including five selections on the first team. WCU's offense belted a Southern Conference record 81 home runs that season, which ranked third nationally, and Ashley Adams set a Southern Conference single-season record with 21 round-trippers. The Catamounts also ranked among the NCAA Top 50 in slugging percentage, runs, win-loss percentage and batting average. In addition to the team's accomplishments, a WCU player was selected SoCon pitcher or player of the week nine times throughout the season. Mendy McKenzie was named pitcher of the week a record five times, while Jenny Jackson became the only player to be named pitcher and player of the week for the same week. Smith went to WCU after spending one season as an assistant coach at North Carolina, her alma mater. She helped the Tar Heels with recruiting and fundraising and oversaw the academic progress of student-athletes, while participating in practice planning and game management. In 2004, Smith helped steer the Tar Heels to a 46-24 record, including a second-place finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. In addition, she directed the Carolina Softball Camps. Before making the coaching move to UNC, Smith served as an assistant coach at Charlotte of Conference USA for the 2003 season. The 49ers recorded their most victories in five years that season as Smith worked with the infielders and pitchers, served as hitting coach and organized all recruiting efforts.

Follow Coach Smith on Twitter all season long @JhawkCoachSmith.

Tournament in 2001. During that two-year span, nearly every school record was broken, including wins in a season (45), team home runs, individual home runs, team strikeouts, team ERA, team batting average and team fielding percentage. In 2002, her players were nationally ranked for stolen bases, strikeouts and home runs. The squad was also ranked 11th nationally for team batting average (.361). Eight of her players were named to the all-region team. Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in exercise and sport science and recreation administration at North Carolina in 1999. As primarily a third baseman, she served as captain her senior season and was named the team's Defensive Player of the Year. Smith also owns the Tar Heels' third-most career assists record as well as the program's single-game RBI record. An exceptional student, the Walkertown, N.C., native was named to the ACC Honor Roll on three occasions and made the Dean's List twice. In 2000, she earned her Master's of Science degree in human performance and sports studies with a concentration in sports management from the University of Tennessee. Smith and her husband, Paul Buske, have a son, Cooper Smith Buske.

Smith began her coaching career at Young Harris College in Georgia where she compiled a 79-41 record in two seasons as head coach of the Mountain Lions from 2001-02. Without an assistant, Smith was responsible for all aspects of the NJCAA Division I program. While at Young Harris, Smith's teams collected two regional runner-up titles and was one game away from the National Personal Hometown: Walkertown, N.C. Family: Husband, Paul, and son, Cooper Education: B.A. exercise and sport science and recreation administration (North Carolina, 1999) and master's in human performance and sports studies (Tennessee, 2000) Playing Experience: North Carolina, 1996-99

Coaching Experience 2010-pres. 2007-09 2005-06 2004 2003 2001-02

Kansas Lousiana State Western Carolina North Carolina Charlotte Young Harris (NJCAA)

Head Coach Assistant Coach Head Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Head Coach

Coaching Honors Southern Conference Coach of the Year (2006)

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Assistant Coach Second Season

EAdam RoorbachG

Adam Roorbach (pronounced roar-bock) followed head coach Megan Smith from Louisiana State University to join the Kansas softball program for the 2010 season and returns for his second year as an assistant coach. At Kansas, Roorbach serves as the program's hitting coach, while also assisting in game strategy and recruiting. In addition, he also oversees all team travel and equipment needs. Roorbach, who has spent four seasons as an assistant at the Division I level and four years as a head coach at the NAIA and junior college levels, joined the KU softball staff after working with Smith at LSU for two seasons as the director of softball operations and also served as Smith's assistant at Western Carolina in 2006. While at LSU, Roorbach directed all aspects of game video and team travel, coordinated camps and clinics, and worked with the Tigers' booster club. Prior to LSU, Roorbach spent the 2007 season as an assistant coach at Houston. There he helped the Cougars to their first Conference USA regular season and tournament championship in school history, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004. After knocking off UL-Lafayette and Texas A&M, Houston advanced to the final day of competition at the College Station Regional before falling twice to the Aggies to end its season with a school record 44 wins. Roorbach spent the 2006 season as Smith's assistant at Western Carolina during its inaugural season. That year, Western Carolina posted a 41-20 record and won the Southern Conference Championship. The Catamounts also ranked third nationally with 81 home runs and 12th in the NCAA with a .476 slugging percentage. Three WCU players were ranked nationally statistically and two were named to the NFCA All-Southeastern Region team.

In 2005, Roorbach served as an assistant coach at Nicholls State. Working primarily with the Lady Colonel hitters and outfielders, Nicholls set a school record with 31 home runs and improved its team batting average by 29 points over the previous season. Roorbach moved to the Division I level at Nicholls after serving for three seasons as the head coach at NAIA affiliate Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind. From 2002-04, his teams compiled a 102-56 record, won three consecutive Mid-Central Conference Championships and qualified for the NAIA Regional and National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Tournaments all three years. Earning 2003 Mid-Central Conference Coach of the Year honors, Roorbach guided 14 Pilot players to All-Mid-Central Conference awards. Equally as impressive, all three of his teams were awarded the prestigious NFCA Top 10 Academic Team Award and 17 of his players were named NFCA Academic All-Americans. Before taking the job at Bethel, Roorbach spent one season as the head coach at Andrew College in Cuthbert, Ga. In his only season, he guided the Tigers to a 14-18 record, a 13-win improvement over the previous year's 1-32 mark. In addition, he faced Smith on the field for the first time as Andrew College took on Young Harris College, where Smith was the head coach. A native of Marion, Ind., Roorbach graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1998 with a double major in business administration and sports management. While attending Indiana Wesleyan, he served as an assistant softball coach and also the school's sports information director. He went on to earn his master's degree in physical education from Eastern Illinois in 2000.

Personal Hometown: Marion, Ind. Education: B.S. business administration and sports management (Indiana Wesleyan, 1998) and master's in physical education (Eastern Illinois, 2000)

Coaching Experience 2010-pres. 2008-09 2007 2006 2005 2002-04 2001 1999

Kansas Assistant Coach Lousiana State Dir. of Softball Operations Houston Assistant Coach Western Carolina Assistant Coach Nicholls State Assistant Coach Bethel College (NAIA) Head Coach Andrew College (NJCAA) Head Coach Indiana Wesleyan (NAIA) Assistant Coach

Coaching Honors Mid-Central Conference Coach of the Year (2003)



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Assistant Coach First Season

ED.J. MathisG

Former All-American softball player and two-time all-region selection D.J. Mathis has joined the University of Kansas softball program for the 2011 season as an assistant coach. A native of Alton, Ill., Mathis served as a student assistant coach at Oklahoma for the 2010 season, during which the Sooners won the Big 12 Softball Championship and advanced to an NCAA Super Regional before wrapping their season with a 47-12 overall Personal Hometown: Alton, Ill. Family: Husband, Kyle Sanchez Education: B.S. English Literature (Oklahoma, 2009) Playing Experience: Oklahoma, 2006-09

Coaching Experience 2010-pres. Kansas 2009-10 Oklahoma

Assistant Coach Student Assistant Coach

record. While on staff at OU, Mathis helped guide the Sooners into one of the top pitching squads in the country as Oklahoma was second in the nation with a 1.39 team ERA. She was also instrumental in developing All-Big 12 First-Team freshman pitcher Keilani Ricketts, who led the Big 12 with a 1.24 ERA and 32 wins. The second overall pick in the 2009 National Pro Fastpitch Senior Draft by the Akron Racers, Mathis was a standout pitcher at the University of Oklahoma from 2006-09 and left OU as one of the most decorated pitchers in school history. She owns the program's second-best winning percentage (.768) after going 76-23 in four seasons with the Sooners and posted a 1.90 career ERA. She is listed in the top 10 of seven additional Oklahoma career pitching statistics including third in appearances (138) and victories (76), fourth in strikeouts (597), sixth in innings pitched (637.0) and games started (100), seventh in shutouts (25) and eighth in complete games (54). During her career as a student-athlete, Mathis helped the Sooners to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances and the 2007 Big 12 Softball Championship. A 2009 NFCA All-Central first team selection, Mathis was also named to the All-Big 12 First Team and Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team in her season campaign after going 18-4 on the year with a 2.25 earned run average. She also garnered second team AllAmerica, first team all-midwest region and AllBig 12 First Team accolades for her 31-7 record and 1.18 ERA as a junior in 2008. A two-time all-American in softball at Roxana High School in Roxana, Ill., Mathis also earned all-state honors three times and is the Illinois state record holder with 1,450 career strikeouts. Mathis lives in Lawrence with her husband, Kyle Sanchez.

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Volunteer Student Assistant First Season

Associate Athletics Director/ Senior Woman Administrator Fourth Season

ESara RamirezG E

EDebbie Van SaunG

After a four-year career as the Jayhawks' second baseman, Sara Ramirez returns to the Kansas softball program, this time as a volunteer student assistant on Megan Smith's coaching staff. Ramirez played for KU from 2007-10 where she finished her career with the ninth-most home runs in program history with 16. The 5-1 Pacoima, Calif., native appeared in 215 games for the Crimson and Blue and collected over 100 hits and drove in 50 runs, while scoring 76. A recent Kansas grad, Ramirez finished her degree in exercise science/pre-nursing in December 2010 and is also a certified nursing aid (CAN). Ramirez plans to go back to school to earn her master's in sport management.

At Kansas, Debbie Van Saun directly supervises softball, rowing, men's golf, women's golf, and swimming and diving and provides administrative guidance to those coaches and their programs. She works closely with student-athletes regarding financial aid, housing, summer school, fifth-year aid and other pertinent areas. It is Van Saun's job to monitor Kansas Athletics' efforts to comply with Title IX and NCAA gender equity principles, as well as monitor NCAA governance issues and coordinate the University's position on new NCAA legislation. She also prepares financial aid budget reports for the Athletics Director. Van Saun came to KU from the City of Lawrence, where she worked since 1979 serving in numerous positions: assistant city manager, assistant utilities director, assistant finance director and collections supervisor. Van Saun's husband, Paul, played varsity football for KU in the 1970's and now owns Van Saun Decorating Service in Lawrence. Together they have two adult children, Kristen and Joseph.

Student Manager

Student Manager

EZennon E BlackG

EPaul E JohnsonG

Athletic Trainer

EMallory E KelsayG



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University Chancellor



A highly regarded scholar, teacher and university leader, Bernadette Gray-Little began her tenure as the 17th chancellor of the University of Kansas on August 15, 2009. As KU chancellor, Gray-Little is the chief executive officer of the university, overseeing campuses in Lawrence, Kansas City, Overland Park and Wichita in addition to research and educational centers in Topeka, Hutchinson, Parsons and elsewhere in the state. She succeeds Robert Hemenway, who served as KU chancellor for 14 years.

Carolina at Chapel Hill. A professor of psychology, Gray-Little rose to the post of UNC’s chief academic officer after successive administrative appointments, including dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, executive associate provost, senior associate dean for undergraduate education for the college, and chair of the Department of Psychology. In these roles, she earned a reputation as a superb fundraiser, a relationship builder, a strong advocate for faculty and for research, and a champion for the highest quality educational experience for students.

Chancellor Gray-Little previously was executive vice chancellor and provost from 2006 to 2009 at the University of North

A native of eastern North Carolina, Gray-Little received her bachelor’s degree from Marywood College in Scranton, Pa., and her master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from St. Louis University. Her postdoctoral research in cross-cultural psychology was funded by a fellowship from the Fulbright Foundation for study in Denmark. She has also been a Social Science Research Council Fellow and a recipient of a Ford Foundation Senior Scholar Fellowship through the National Research Council.

Personal Family: Husband, Shade Key Little; two children; one grandchild Education: B.A. psychology (Marywood College), M.S. psychology (St. Louis), Ph.D. clinical psychology (St. Louis)

Employment History 2009-pres. 2006-09 2004-06 2001-04 1999-2001 1993-98 1983-93 1971-82

Kansas North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina

University Chancellor Executive Vice Chancellor Dean, College of Arts and Sciences Executive Associate Provost Sr. Assoc. Dean, Undergrad Education Chair, Department of Psychology Dir., Grad. Program in Clinical Psych. Professor, Assist. to Full, Psychology

Her research falls primarily into three areas, two of which reflect a continuing interest in the relation of social and cultural factors to personality and psychopathology. First, she has studied the relevance of the client and clinician’s ethnic/racial membership to the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorder. The second area concerns the social determinants of self-esteem and is manifest in research on factors associated with selfesteem in children and adolescents of varied ethnic groups. In a third area of research she has explored the association of relationship satisfaction to the decision-making and influence strategies used by couples in intimate relationships. Gray-Little is married to Shade Key Little, who was assistant dean for academic support services at UNC. They have two adult children and one grandchild.

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Athletics Director

ESheahon ZengerG

Dr. Sheahon (SHAY-un) Zenger is a coach at heart. But when KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little introduced the Hays, Kan., native as KU’s Athletics Director January 3, 2011, he promised not to call any plays for the coaches. That doesn’t mean, though, that he won’t be right there with them – and their student-athletes – every step of the way. For it’s his genuine care for coaches and student-athletes that has stamped his career in intercollegiate athletics. Zenger comes to KU after serving for five years as athletics director at Illinois State University, helping steer ISU Athletics to a place of prominence in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Redbirds won a conference-leading seven league titles during the 2009-10 season and captured their second Valley All-Sports Trophy in three years. ISU’s Weisbecker Scholarship Fund membership grew 65 percent during his tenure, and capital projects boomed. The Illinois State Baseball Stadium at Duffy Bass Field was officially dedicated in May 2009 to culminate the completion of that $3.5 million project. In addition, funding for the Redbird Arena locker room improvements has also been secured. With experience as an educator, coach, fundraiser and administrator, Zenger brought a plan to Illinois State, and with the help of the head coaches and administrative staff, personalized that strategic plan for Redbird Athletics. As a result, the athletics department saw record-high grade-point averages (GPA) in each of the last four years, including a best-ever department-wide 3.13 GPA in fall 2009. Redbird student-athletes now regularly carry a GPA of 3.0 or better. ISU student-athletes have also contributed more than 2,000 hours of community service in each of the last five years, including 3,500 hours during the 2009-10 athletic season.

Still, coaching stayed in his blood. After earning his doctorate, Zenger in 1996 signed on as the recruiting coordinator for the brand-new NCAA Division I football program at the University of South Florida. A year later he joined the University of Wyoming football staff as recruiting coordinator and within two years rose to assistant head coach, a position he still considers one of the crowning achievements of his career. Zenger stayed at Wyoming through the 2000 season before returning to Kansas State. He spent a year in the KSU College of Business, raising more than $2 million and restructuring its development program with research and planning. He rejoined KSU Athletics in 2001 as assistant athletics director for major gifts, helping KSU initiate important development strategies. In 2002 he was appointed KSU’s associate athletics director for development, a position he held until 2005, when he was named Athletics Director at Illinois State. A published author and researcher, Zenger served for three years on the NCAA Division I Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement. He also served on two NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Division committees, and was a member of the Executive Committee of NACDA's Division I FCS Athletic Directors Association.

Zenger secured a five-year apparel contract for Redbird Athletics, and significantly increased the marketing of the program in the Central Illinois region, most notably with a campaign centered on the award-winning marketing campaign "Spread the Red." He also witnessed record-setting attendance figures in football, men's basketball and women's basketball, while seeing 17 Redbird teams advance to postseason play.

He is also a member of many professional and university organizations, including the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the American Football Coaches Association.

In 1989, at age 23, Zenger joined Bill Snyder’s staff at Kansas State as one of the nation's youngest full-time football staff members; he served in key roles as assistant recruiting coordinator and director of football operations. Zenger completed his master's degree in journalism and mass communication in 1992 while helping Snyder bring Wildcat football to unprecedented success. It became evident, though, that more than coaching was in store for Zenger. He sought advice from then-KU Chancellor Gene Budig, who convinced him to pursue a Ph.D. at KU. As he completed his Ph.D. in educational


While focusing his attention on academics, he managed to stay involved in the world of intercollegiate athletics, and specifically football. ‘Involved’ may be an understatement. In 1993 Zenger and a friend founded American Football Quarterly, a magazine for coaches. Zenger served as publisher – and then editor – until 1995, when he sold his share of the by-then-thriving magazine.

In addition to Valley All-Sports titles in 2008 and 2010, in his last three years at ISU Zenger led the department to 16 top-five finishes in its 17 Valley sports – the highest percentage of top-five finishers in league history.

At the beginning, Zenger wasn’t headed toward a career in administration. He was nine years old when he told his father he wanted to be a coach, and it didn’t take long for that dream to materialize. After playing football at Fort Hays State and Mid-American Nazarene College, he finished his undergraduate degree at Kansas State. Even before he received his bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education in 1988, Zenger was assisting the football coaches at Manhattan (Kan.) High School. His first college football coaching job came at Drake University right after graduation.


policy and leadership (1996), Zenger contributed communications and special projects support to the office of the executive vice-chancellor, Ed Meyen, and wrote the professional life history of then-chancellor Del Shankel, while strengthening his understanding of university leadership at the highest levels.

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Zenger is married to the former Pam McAnarney. The couple has three children: Luke (14), Abby (12) and Jake (10).


Family: Wife, Pam; three children, Luke, Abby and Jake Education: B.A. English and secondary education (Kansas State), M.S. journalism and mass communication (Kansas State), Ph.D. educational policy and leadership (Kansas)

Employment History 2011-pres. 2005-2011 2001-05 1997-2000 1996 1993-95 1989-92 1988 1987

Kansas Athletics Director Illinois State Athletics Director Kansas State Associate Athletics Director Wyoming Recruiting Coordinator/Asst. Coach South Florida Recruiting Coordinator American FB Quarterly Editor Kansas State Director of Football Operations Drake Assistant Football Coach Manhattan HS Head Football Coach

Sandy Arbuthnot

Jerry Bailey

George Barnes

Casey Cook

Administrative Assistant

Faculty Athletics Representative

Landscape Technician Supervisor

Event Management

Aaron Carbuhn

Demetrius Daniels

Sports Nutritionist

Equipment Manager

Christine Dieckmann Assistant Director Media Relations

Coordinator of Events/ Gameday Experience

Megan Harrity

Mike Harrity

Jeff Jacobsen

Laura Jacobsen

Counseling & Sport Psychologist

Associate AD, Community Relations & Outreach

Staff Photographer

Assistant Photographer

Justin Mackey

Molly McKinnon

Kim Miller

Associate Director, Academic and Career Counseling

Assistant Strength Coach

Box Office Manager Ticket Operations

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