Welcome To Kansas Softball Camps!
University of Kansas Head Coach Megan Smith just completed her sixth season as the head coach of the Jayhawks. The eighth head coach in program history, Smith's sixth season continued the trend of setting program records as she guided the Jayhawks to their second-straight NCAA Tournament. Coach Smith directly oversees the Jayhawk infielders and also helps with hitting instruction. Smith came to KU from LSU, where she served as an assistant coach for three seasons. While in Baton Rouge, Smith helped lead LSU to three regional appearances and one super regional appearance. Prior to LSU, Smith was the head coach at Western Carolina University. In her only year at Western, Smith led the Catamounts to the Southern Conference Championship in the programs first year of existence and was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year. Smith came to Western Carolina from the University of North Carolina, where she served as an assistant coach. Smith, who is from North Carolina, was also a four-year letter winner and captain for the Tar Heels. Smith started her coaching career at Young Harris College in Georgia. After serving as the head coach of the Mountain Lions for three seasons, she left to become the assistant coach at UNC-Charlotte. Smith and her husband, the late Paul Buske, have a son, Cooper Smith Buske.
Associate Head Coach
Rich Wieligman enters his first season as associate head coach for Kansas softball in 2018. Wieligman has 11 years of experience as a head coach, including leading Oklahoma State to the Women’s College World Series in 2011. Wieligman served as the head coach at Oklahoma State for nine seasons (2007-15) and came to KU after a two-year stint at the University of Texas at Dallas (2016-17). He will primarily coach KU's outfielders and hitters. The Kansas City-area native led the Cowgirls to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the 2011 Women's College World Series. Over those nine seasons, Wieligman won 275 games while coaching 24 all-conference selections, 19 all-region players and one All-American. In addition, he mentored 51 academic all-conference players and two Academic All-Americans.In his two seasons at UT Dallas, Wieligman led the Comets to a 42-18 conference record, an American Southwest Conference (ASC) title and an NCAA Division III Tournament appearance. Wieligman coached the first All-American at UT Dallas and was named the ASC's Coach of the Year in 2017 after guiding the Comets to best record in school history (36-10). Wieligman played baseball collegiately at Lubbock (Texas) Christian University, earning his bachelor's degree in education in 1985. While at Lubbock Christian, Wieligman helped the Chaparrals to an NAIA National Championship in 1983 and was named an NAIA All-American in 1984. Upon graduation from Lubbock Christian, he spent four years in the farm system of the Detroit Tigers as a first baseman/outfielder, reaching as high as the Triple-A level. Wieligman would later play in both Japan and the Dominican Republic before starting his coaching career.Wieligman began his coaching career as an assistant baseball coach at his college alma mater before taking over as head baseball coach at Lubbock Christian High School. After working with the Boys & Girls Club of Midland, he began his softball coaching career as the head coach at Midland High School in 1993 before moving to the collegiate ranks. Wieligman quenched his competitive drive as a player by joining a fast-pitch team, DR Engine, based in Odessa, Texas, and he. DR Engine won a national title in 1995 and 1997, with Wieligman being named the MVP of the 1995 ASA National Tournament. He also earned ASA All-America honors in 1997. After serving as recruiting coordinator and hitting coach for Baylor, he made his first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2001 while at Texas Tech and then helped coach Texas A&M to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 2003-06, including a trip to the super regionals in 2005. In 2005, the Wieligman-coached Aggie hitters lead the nation in team batting average (.336).
After a successful four-year career with Kansas softball, Chaley Brickey turned her attention to coaching and joined the Jayhawks’ staff as the volunteer assistant coach. A three-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region selection, Brickey left her mark on the KU softball record book. By the end of her career playing shortstop, Brickey had claimed Kansas’ all-time walk (145), RBI (157), runs scored (175) and slugging percentage (.645) records. Brickey ends her record-breaking career as a Jayhawk with her fourth All-Big 12 Conference honor to join Shelly Musser (1999-2002) as the only Jayhawks to garner league accolades during each season of their career in the Crimson and Blue. During the 2016 National Professional Fastpitch (NPF) draft, Brickey was selected by the Pennsylvania Rebellion as the 16th selection, the first Big 12 softball player selected in the 2016 draft. Brickey concluded her career with a .362 clip, 219 hits, including 54 doubles and 39 home runs. Her 54 doubles and 39 long balls both rank second all-time in the Jayhawk record book, respectively. The Haltom City, Texas native graduated in May of 2017 with a degree in Sport Management.
Camp Check In: Camp Check in will begin one hour prior to camp start time. Fall Camps and Summer Camps check in will be in the Arrocha Ballpark Indoor. Please use the sidewalk that runs between the right center field fence and the indoor facility.
Camp Store: There will be Kansas Softball Merchandise available to all campers. You may pay with cash, card, or check. This will be available at camp check in and check out.
What to Bring: We advise our campers to bring cleats and tennis shoes. As well as bats, gloves, helmets, and water bottles. We do not always provide lunch. When you are attending a camp that does not have lunch included, you should bring your own if necessary.