Kristi Villar | Assistant Coach
Kristi Villar joined the Jackrabbit softball staff in July 2017 as assistant softball coach, bringing more than nine years of collegiate coaching experience to the program.
Now in her third season at SDSU, Villar works primarily with the team’s hitters and has been a catalyst towards the team's success during her tenure. The team won a Division I record 37 games in back-to-back seasons (2018-19) and reached the postseason in both years, qualifying for the National Softball Invitational Championship.
Villar spent seven years at Northern State (2010-17), where she won over 160 games while building a program that had previously never won more than 20 games before her arrival. The Oakdale, Minnesota native won 20 or more games four times, and helped the team to its first 30-win season while earning 2015 NSIC Coach of the Year honors.
While at Northern, she worked with the program's first All-Region pick, five All-Conference selections, five gold glove winners and an NSIC Newcomer of the Year.
Outside of the lines, Villar took an active role in improving the team's academic performances, raising the team grade point average by a full point (to a 3.8 in 2016-17) over her seven years while grooming 58 Academic All-League awardees. Her team's GPA has ranked in the top five of NCAA Division II the last four years as well.
Prior to NSU, she worked for two seasons (2007-09) as a graduate assistant coach at Southwest Minnesota State, where she helped the Mustangs to consecutive NSIC championships and worked with one All-American, three All-Region players and seven All-NSIC picks.
Villar taught and coached at Lennox High School during the 2009-10 academic year, assisting the girls' basketball and softball squads.
A standout shortstop at Augustana College, Villar played under NFCA Hall of Fame coach Sandy Jerstad for one season before continuing her stellar play under a new staff. She earned All-North Central Conference honors four times in her career and led the team in hitting as a junior and senior. She was the NCC Freshman of the Year in 2003 and was a two-time All-Region performer. In her final season, she led the team to the NCC Conference Championship and an NCAA Tournament berth.
Villar earned her bachelor of arts in mathematics from Augustana in 2006, and a master's degree in educational leadership from SMSU in 2010.
Kiki Stokes | Assistant Coach
Kiki Stokes joined the Jackrabbit softball team in August 2018 and is in her second season with the program.
She was a part of the team's 37-win season and second-straight postseason appearance in 2018, working primarily with the team's defense.
Stokes, a standout outfielder for Nebraska from 2013-16 with a career .350 average, was a two-time All-American for the Huskers (2015, 2016) and holds the school record in runs scored (200) while sitting third in Nebraska history for walks (120) and fifth in hits (233).
She helped the program to a seventh-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Women's College World Series, and later in her career set school records with 66 runs, 17 hit-by-pitches and a .532 on-base percentage in her junior season. As a senior, she became the third-ever Husker to hit over .400 in consecutive seasons, using a career-high 74 hits to tally a .409 average in her final year.
In addition to the All-American honors, Stokes was a two-time NFCA All-Midwest Region First Team selection, earned All-Big Ten First Team honors twice and served as the Huskers' team captain her final two seasons.
Last season, she worked as a volunteer coach for Nebraska, coordinating the outfield defense in addition to assisting coaches with opponent scouting.
From Olathe, Kansas, Stokes was the No. 6 overall pick by the Houston Scrap Yard Dawgs in the 2016 National Pro Fastpitch league and led the team to its first NPF Championship in 2017. She recently completed her third season with the professional franchise.
Stokes graduated from Nebraska with a bachelor's degree in child, youth and family studies in May 2017.