|Position:||Volunteer Assistant Coach|
A four-time All-American and two-time USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, Keilani Ricketts returns to her alma mater as the volunteer assistant coach in 2019.
Keilani Ricketts is one of just three players in college softball history to be named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year more than once, joining the ranks of Cat Osterman and Danielle Lawrie. Ricketts became the first Sooner to win the award in 2012 and then repeated in 2013.
The first four-time All-American in program history, Ricketts was named the 2013 Big 12 Female Athlete of the Year as she helped lead Oklahoma to its second national title. During the WCWS, Ricketts went 4-0 in the circle with 39 strikeouts in 31 innings while hitting .412 to earn Most Outstanding Player honors. She hit two home runs and drove in six runs at the plate, including all four RBIs in the Championship Series finale over Tennessee.
Winner of the 2013 Honda Cup, given to the nation’s top female collegiate athlete, Ricketts received numerous accolades throughout her career. She was named to the all-region first team three times and was a four-time All-Big 12 First Team honoree. Twice she was named the NFCA National Player of the Week, and she was chosen as the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week 16 times during her career.
Ricketts finished her career with several school records, including walks drawn (170), wins (133), appearances (192), starts by a pitcher (163), complete games (123), innings pitched (1074.1), strikeouts (1605), strikeout rate (10.46) and shutouts (54).
Selected as the No. 4 pick in the 2013 NPF Draft, Ricketts has spent the past six seasons with USSSA Pride, most recently leading the Pride to the 2018 Cowles Cup. She was named to the All-NPF team in 2017. Additionally, Ricketts joined the Toyota Shokki out of Kariya, Japan, in August 2013.
Ricketts is also a member of the USA Softball Women’s National Team. This summer, she helped the Red, White and Blue to a perfect 20-0 international season as it won the WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship – qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games – and the Japan Cup.
Ricketts graduated from Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in communication in 2013. She married Sean Tumanuvao in December 2017.