Coaching Staff

 

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.

 

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.