Associate Head Coach
Kristle Wolcott enters her ninth year at Minnesota State as an assistant coach and her 11th overall season with the program as she served as a graduate assistant in 2007 and 2008.
Wolcott’s started her second stint at Minnesota State with a bang as the Mavericks went 54-16 and tied for fifth at the national championships. The Mavericks established several team records in 2011, including games played (70), wins (54), at bats (1,874), runs (370), batting average (.320), hits (600), doubles (103), runs batted in (336), stolen bases (108), total bases (900) and tied the school record for home runs (57). Individually, several Mavericks earned accolades as well as pitcher Kendra Huettl was named the Elite 88 Award Winner at the national championships for boasting the best grade point average at the event (3.99 in nursing) and designated player/catcher Lindsay Erickson was tabbed an All-American by both Daktronics and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
During the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Wolcott saw the Mavericks play host to the NCAA Sub Region Tournament as MSU put together a combined record of 83-25. Lindsay Erickson received NFCA and Daktronics All-American honors during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, while Samantha Holien was received NFCA All-American honors in 2014. The 2015 season Coley Ries and Tatum Klein claim All-Central Region honors from the Daktronics and the NFCA, respectively.
The 2016 season saw the Mavericks claim their fourth NSIC Title as they advanced to the NCAA Tournament. MSU finished the 2016 season with a 45-17 record, while Coley Ries went on to claim All-American honors from the NFCA and D2CCA.
The 2017 season proved to be special season for the Mavericks as they went on to win their first ever NCAA Championship. Minnesota State established several new season records including, 71 games played, 64 wins, 28 consecutive wins, 1,925 at bats, 438 runs scored, .342 batting average, 658 hits, 108 doubles, 376 runs batted in and 949 total bases. Along with their NCAA National Championship, the Mavericks also went on to claim NSIC regular season and tournament championships.
Along with team accolades several Mavericks received NSIC honors for their efforts in 2017. Coley Ries was named the NSIC Pitcher of the Year and to the All-NSIC First Team for the third time in her career. Ries was joined by fellow All-NSIC First Team honorees in Jessica Meidl, McKenzie Paap and Amber Kral. Libby Bemis, Carly Esselman and Ashley Thell each received All-NSIC Second Team honors, while Paap and Cori Kennedy were named to the NSIC Gold Glove Team. The trio of Ries, Kral and Meidl each received All-Central Region honors from the NFCA and D2CCA, while Paap and Thell garnered All-Central Region honors from the D2CCA and the NFCA, respectively.
Ries and Meidl would both go on to claim All-American honors for their efforts during the 2017 season. Ries, who received All-American First Team honors from the NFCA and D2CCA was also named the D2CCA Pitcher of the Year and the NFCA Player of the Year. Ries also excelled in the classroom as she became the fourth Maverick softball player to receive CoSIDA Academic All-American honors. Meidl was named to the NFCA All-American Second Team as well.
Wolcott, along with head coach Lori Meyer, and graduate assistant Sammie Hildreth, were named the NFCA Coaching Staff of the Year for their efforts.
In 2018, the Mavericks once again advanced to the NCAA Tournament as they finished their season with a 35-19 record, including a 14-10 NSIC record. MSU fell to Southern Arkansas 9-1 on day one, but rebounded on day two with wins over Washburn (10-6) and Augustana (9-4). The Mavericks would eventually fall to Southern Arkansas by the score of 4-3 to end their season.
Senior Jessica Meidl went on to receive All-American honor from both the NFCA and D2CCA. In total four Mavericks including Carly Esselman, Hannah McCarville, Jessica Meidl and McKenzie Paap received All-NSIC honors.
During her time at Waldorf College – an NAIA program in Forest City Iowa, which is Wolcott’s alma mater, she guided the warriors to a 48-36 record. In 2009, Wolcott guided the Warriors to the NAIA national tournament and a Midwest Collegiate Conference crown.
While at Minnesota State as a graduate assistant, Wolcott saw the Mavericks play to a 87-31 record including a pair of NCAA Central Region appearances. During that time the Mavericks also won the North Central Conference (2007) and finished second in the league in 2008.
Wolcott also played at Waldorf from 2001-04 where she was a part of two conference championship teams and was named an Academic All-American. She was also an all-conference and all-region pick in 2001, 2002 and 2004. Following her playing career at Waldorf, she served as a graduate assistant at Northern Colorado for a season.
Graduate Assistant Coach
Coley Ries is in in her second season as a member of the Minnesota State softball coaching staff, and first as a graduate assistant, primarily working with the pitchers.
After completing her career at Minnesota State (2013-17), Ries went on to play to two seasons in the National Professional FastPitch League. In the summer of 2017, she competed with the Texas Charge, where she received NPF Pitcher of the Week honors once. In 2018, Ries signed with the Chicago Bandits and put together a 6-0 record as the Bandits advanced to the league championship series.
2017: Made 52 appearances in the circle for the Mavericks, including 43 starts…Boasted a 41-3 record, the 41 wins led the NCAA and set an MSU single-season record…Led the NCAA in strikeouts with 476 and shutouts with 17…Her 476 strikeouts set an MSU single-season record…Threw back-to-back perfect games against Northern State and MSU Moorhead…Named the NSIC Pitcher of the Week five times …Threw 58 consecutive scoreless innings…Earned her third NSIC Pitcher of the Year award, her third All-NSIC First Team honor and her third NSIC All-Academic Team honor…Struck out at least 10 batters in 26 games, including a season-high 19 against Lewis…Received NFCA All-American First Team honors and D2CCA All-American First Team honors and was the only unanimous NFCA first team selection…Named to the NSIC All-Tournament Team…Named the D2CCA Pitcher of the Year and the NFCA Player of the Year…Finished fifth in the NCAA with a 1.05 ERA and second in hits per seven innings (2.59)…Finished her career as Minnesota State’s all-time leader in wins (119), appearances (146), innings pitched (999.1), strikeouts (1,481) and saves (9)…Is also second all-time at MSU in compete games (104) and shutouts (39)…Her 119 wins are tied for the 14th most in Division II history and her 1,481 strikeouts are the fifth most…Received CoSIDA Academic All-American First Team for her efforts both on the field and in the classroom…Went 5-0 and threw all 35 innings in five consecutive days at the NCAA Championships and tallied a 1.20 ERA and 50 strikeouts, en route to being named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player and led her team to the NCAA Division II National Championship.
2016: Owned a 29-7 record in junior season... In 255 innings pitched, compiled 1.18 ERA and fanned 434 batters in establishing a school single-season record... Made 35 starts and notched 26 complete games and nine shutouts... Held opposing batters to .151 average... Racked up 24 strikeouts against Winona State on April 12 - the fourth most strikeouts in a NCAA DII game and the most ever in a 10-inning game... Threw third career no-hiiter in a win over Central Oklahoma on March 20 and had streak of 45.1 scoreless innings during season... Recorded 1,000 career strikeout in game vs. Upper Iowa on May 6... Named NFCA DII National Pitcher of the Week on April 20... Four-time NSIC Pitcher of the Week [3/14, 3/22, 3/29, 4/19]... 2016 NSIC Pitcher of the Year...First Team All-NSIC... NFCA All-Central Region First Team... D2CCA All-Central Region First Team... D2CCA All-Central Region Pitcher of the Year...Named to the D2CCA All-American Second Team and the NFCA Al-American Third Team...Named to the NSIC All-Academic Team.
2015: Made 41 appearances, including 33 starts for the Purple and Gold...Finished with 21-16 record and 2.44 ERA...Threw 20 complete games, while pitching in 221.1 innings...Registered six shutouts and held opponents to a .210 batting average...297 strikeouts..Threw two no-hitters in consecutive days, against Northern State (4/10/15) and MSU Moorhead (4/11/15)...Received Second Team All-NSIC honors...Named to the Daktronics All-Central Region Second Team...Named to NSIC All-Academic Team.
2014: Made 37 appearances, including 29 starts…Posted a 23-8 record to go along with a 1.92 ERA…Named NSIC Pitcher of the Year…Threw 20 complete games, including six shutouts, to go along with 193.2 innings pitched…Named NSIC Pitcher of the Week three times…Recorded at least 10 strikeouts in seven games, including a career-high 17 against Concordia-St. Paul (3/26)…Named All-NSIC First Team…Won 10 straight starts…Named to the Daktronics All-Central Region First Team and NFCA All-Central Region Second Team…Led pitching staff with 242 strikeouts…Held opposing batters to .198 batting average.
2013: Pitched 34.2 innings and had total of 32 Ks… Posted 5-1 record, 2.42 era… Held opponents to .267 batting average… Received medical redshirt year due to injury.
High School: Was a five-year starter and letterwinner at Mankato East...Helped lead Cougars to three Big Nine conference titles…Pitched her way to a 85-18 record during her career and retired 786 batters via the strike-out…Blasted a walk-off eighth-inning home run against Mankato West to clinch the Big Nine title as a senior…Was an all-conference, all-section, All-State and All-State Tournament team selection as senior, junior and sophomore…Was also an all-conference selection as a freshman…Mankato East finished fourth at state her senior season and third at state as a sophomore and junior...Also participated in tennis for five seasons and basketball for four.
Personal: Daughter of John and Sue Ries…Mother Sue played tennis at Minnesota State from 1979-81…Born Feb. 21, 1994…Received her bachelor's degree in mass media, with a minor in communication studies in the spring of 2017 and is currently pursuing her master's degree in educational leadership.