Christi Musser enters her 12th season with the Kansas softball team as she has spent the last decade as a player or coach for the Jayhawks. Musser will begin her seventh year as an assistant coach at KU, but first under head coach Megan Smith after working as an assistant under former coach Tracy Bunge since 2003.
Musser will once again work with the team's outfielders, as well as helping develop the players' slapping and short game. She is also in charge of gameday defensive strategy. Away from the field, Musser serves as Kansas' recruiting coordinator.
Musser, who is a three-star master coach as recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Conference coaching program, first joined the Kansas coaching staff for the 2003 season as an undergraduate student assistant coach, working primarily with the Jayhawk outfielders. Since then, Musser has helped in a variety of roles for the Kansas softball team.
Last season, Musser helped KU outfielder Dougie McCaulley earn her second consecutive All-Big 12 Team appointment. McCaulley was also a 2008 Midwest All-Region Second Team selection. In 2005, Heather Stanley, another outfielder for Kansas, was named All-Big 12 First Team.
While playing under coach Bunge from 1999-2002 at Kansas, Musser earned All-America honors in 2002 as an outfielder. As a senior, Musser batted .354 with 35 runs, 30 RBI and nine home runs (eighth-highest home run season total in school history). In addition to being the first KU All-American since 1994, Musser was named to the 2002 All-Region and All-Big 12 teams.
A four-time All-Big 12 selection, she ranks in the top five in three offensive single-season categories at Kansas, including the third best all-time single-season slugging percentage (.598). Musser also ranks eighth all-time at KU in career home runs (14).
During the summers of her college career, Musser played three seasons in the Women's Major for the Arizona Storm winning a national championship in 1999 and finishing as a runner-up in 2000.
A Scottsdale, Ariz., native, Musser graduated from Kansas in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in sports management.