Bryant Promoted to Head Coach of MMU Softball | Sports
Mount Marty University’s athletic department announced Friday that Kayla Bryant has been named the Lancer’s softball program head coach.
Bryant, who is in his fourth season with the Lancers, has been an interim head coach since Tate Bruckner stepped down last summer.
Bryant spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach for the Lancers, including a record-breaking 21-game winning season in 2019, before moving to the University of Memphis, where she worked as a volunteer assistant. She returned to the Lancers in January of this year, as an assistant coach working with infield and hitting. She worked with the Impact team and participated in administrative tasks.
With Bryant on the staff, the 2019 Lancers broke several records including batting average, stroke percentage, base percentage, home runs, RBIs, hits, runs, doubles, triples. , the percentage of commissioning and the bases stolen. The 2020 Lancers produced the programs for the first winning season since the program restarted in 2000, along with 15 NAIA scholarship-athletes.
Bryant holds a master’s degree from MMU, as well as a bachelor’s degree from Cincinnati Christian and an associate’s degree from Southwest Tennessee Community College.
While playing at Southwest, she finished her second season leading the team with a batting average of .379, base average of 0.461, stroke average of 0.603, 10 homers, 66 hits, 105 goals in total and 48 RBIs. On the defense side, Bryant ended his career with 651 strikeouts and a .980 defensive average. During her two years, she was NJCAA Region 7 All-Conference and All-Academic.
At Cincinnati Christian, Bryant started the two years at first baseman while serving as a team captain for two years. Finishing his career with an overall defense percentage of .979 and 437 strikeouts. Offensively, she’s batting average of .262 with 64 hits, 12 doubles, 8 homers and 38 RBIs. During her senior season, she helped the team win the NCCAA Midwestern region and secured a place in the NCCAA world. Series.