Truman State University Softball Camps
Head Coach Amanda Bradberry
Truman State University director of athletics, Jerry Wollmering, has announced the hiring of Amanda Bradberry as the next head coach of the Bulldog softball program. The former infielder at Iowa State University (2007-10) comes to Kirksville after a successful seven-year run (2013-19) at Upper Iowa University of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), the last six of which were as the head coach of the Peacocks.
"Amanda is everything we were looking for in our next head softball coach," said Wollmering. "She comes from a strong high school program in Missouri (Kearney High School), played collegiately at a high level and has NCAA Division II head coaching experience! I am excited to welcome Amanda to the Truman and Kirksville communities!"
Bradberry's six seasons as the head coach in Fayette, Iowa were highlighted by the most successful campaign in program history in 2016. Upper Iowa won a school record 41 games (41-18), including a school record 21 conference victories (21-7), en route to its first ever NSIC Tournament Championship and first ever NCAA Tournament appearance. The Peacocks continued to make history in the Central Regional with two more wins giving them 41, which shattered the old program record of 28 set in 2013, Bradberry's final season as an assistant.
The former cyclone accumulated an overall record of 147-157 (.484 winning percentage) at Upper Iowa, 85-83 (.506) in the NSIC, with four NSIC Tournament appearances, seven All-NSIC selections, three NFCA All-Region performers, and three NSIC Gold Glove winners. Prior to those six years plus her one season as the Peacocks' assistant in 2013, Bradberry spent two seasons as a grad assistant at Division III Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio.
A four-year member of the ISU softball team, Bradberry collected numerous awards and accolades for her performance both on and off the field. She was named a Division I Academic All-American in 2009 and 2010 and was awarded First-Team Academic All-Big XII three times. Bradberry was selected to the Big XII All-Tournament Team in 2009 as well as the Miken Dome All-Tournament Team in 2008. She was recognized as an Iowa State Scholar-Athlete in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Bradberry earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Iowa State in 2010, and her master's degree in adult education from Muskingum in 2012.
"I would like to thank President Thomas and Mr. Wollmering for this opportunity as I am excited and honored to join the Truman family as head softball coach," said Bradberry. "Truman softball has a fantastic tradition and culture that I look forward to building upon. In meeting with the team members, their passion for the game and desire to continue to grow this program was evident and I am excited to get started with Team 48 this fall."
Bradberry inherits a Truman program that has qualified for the NCAA Tournament and won 30 or more games in five of the last six seasons.