PDT Sports Writer
She has made her name on the diamond, now Kristen Bradshaw will look to do the same on the hardwood.
Bradshaw, a 2006 Northwest graduate who went on to play softball for Wright State, was named Friday as the newest Portsmouth girls basketball coach. She will maintain her position as the current head softball coach at Rio Grande.
The vacancy became available when former coach Tyson Phillips resigned and will relocate to take a position with Lake Cumberland Golf Club.
As a Mohawk softball player, the four-year letter-winner was named to the All-SOC and All-Southeast District lists every year. During her senior year, she hit .573 with 10 home runs and was named SOC II Player of the Year and a First Team All-State as her team finished as a Division III Southeast District Finalist. She left with school records in batting average, hits and home runs.
Outside of softball at Northwest, Bradshaw earned four letters each in basketball and volleyball as well as another two in track. She was named SOC II Player of the Year in her senior year in both basketball and volleyball and also earned the honor as a junior volleyball player. She was also a Second Team All-State selection as a basketball senior.
During her tenure as a Raider, Bradshaw was twice a First Team All-Horizon League selection (2008, 2010) and Second Team conference selection (2007, 2009), leading WSU to two NCAA Regional appearances, as she started in all 236 games that she participated, which is a school record in both games played and games started. Her sophomore year was the best offensively as she hit .365 with 70 hits, five triples, 10 home runs and 65 runs batted in.
She holds WSU’s records in career runs (173), doubles (46), RBI (162), total bases (393) and defensive assists (622). Also, she finished second in school history in at-bats (752), hits (249), slugging percentage (.525), walks (97) and stolen bases (83) and third in home runs (24). Her assists are the most in Horizon League history while she is in the top 10 all-time in at-bats, hits, RBI, triples and stolen bases.
Bradshaw took over the RedStorm softball program prior to the 2012 campaign and holds a 46-39 record.
The Trojans begin their season Nov. 22 when they host Ironton. Bradshaw’s team could give her an early Christmas present when they travel Dec. 23 to Northwest.
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