South Dakota State’s Krista Wood announced Thursday the hiring of Kiki Stokes as assistant softball coach with an official start date of Aug. 17.
“We’re ecstatic to have Kiki join our program,” Wood said. “We were impressed from the start of this hiring process with Kiki’s knowledge of the game, her work ethic and attention to detail, and her charismatic personality that will bring energy to our team every day.
“Kiki will do a great job handling the Jackrabbit defense and working with our slap hitters. We’re excited for the upcoming season and for what she’ll add to our program.”
Stokes, a standout outfielder for Nebraska from 2013-16 with a career .350 average, was a two-time All-American for the Huskers (2015, 2016) and holds the school record in runs scored (200) while sitting third in Nebraska history for walks (120) and fifth in hits (233).
“I am absolutely thrilled to join this program and excited about this next phase of my softball career,” Stokes said. “I would like to thank Coach Wood and the administration for the opportunity at this amazing university. This community supports SDSU student-athletes across the board, and it is such a welcoming family atmosphere I cannot wait to be a part of.”
She helped the program to a seventh-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Women’s College World Series, and later in her career set school records with 66 runs, 17 hit-by-pitches and a .532 on-base percentage in her junior season. As a senior, she became the third-ever Husker to hit over .400 in consecutive seasons, using a career-high 74 hits to tally a .409 average in her final year.
In addition to the All-American honors, Stokes was a two-time NFCA All-Midwest Region First Team selection, earned All-Big Ten First Team honors twice and served as the Huskers’ team captain her final two seasons.
Last season, she worked as a volunteer coach for Nebraska, coordinating the outfield defense in addition to assisting coaches with opponent scouting.
From Olathe, Kansas, Stokes was the No. 6 overall pick by the Houston Scrap Yard Dawgs in the 2016 National Pro Fastpitch league and led the team to its first NPF Championship in 2017. She recently completed her third season with the professional franchise.
Stokes graduated from Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in child, youth and family studies in May 2017.