Kae Lani Bryan, a native of Picher, Okla., enters her first season as the Head Softball Coach at Fort Scott Community College.
Coach Bryan started her coaching career at Labette Community College, where she served as assistant coach under Ryan Phillips from 2012-2017. Bryan was a mainstay with the Lady Cardinals for six seasons, primarily working with middle infielders and outfielders while specializing in slapping. Bryan also flourished as the lead recruiter for Labette and coached 20 All-KJCCC/All-Region players, four NFCA All-Americans and two NJCAA All-Americans.
During her time at Labette, she helped guide the Lady Cardinals to an overall record of 136-74 (.647) and back-to-back NJCAA Division II national tournament appearances in 2015 and 2016. Labette finished in fifth place in both those appearances at nationals, which are program highs. Labette broke school records for stolen bases, strikeouts, runs scored, and paced the nation with individual players leading the NJCAA in major categories. Included in that group is incoming Fort Scott Assistant Softball Coach Katy Taylor, who was recruited by Bryan to Labette in 2015 and who broke the NJCAA record for stolen bases in a single season (89).
After Labette, Bryan accepted a teaching position at Quapaw High School in Quapaw, Okla., where she also served as the school's Head Softball Coach in the fall of 2017. Bryan led efforts to renovate the facilities at Quapaw, including the locker room as well as field improvements. In her one season at Quapaw, she taught physical education while also assisting with strength and conditioning.
Bryan played collegiately at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami, Okla. from 2006-07 under NJCAA Hall of Fame coach Eric Iverson. The Lady Norse made two consecutive appearances at the NJCAA Division I National Tournament, including a fourth place finish in 2007. In the same season, NEO set a school record with 29 consecutive wins and finished with an overall record of 53-8. Bryan finished her career with a record of 87-21.
Bryan graduated from Picher High School, where she earned numerous All-Conference honors in basketball and softball. On the field she was named the MVP of the Lucky 7 Conference and earned a selection to the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State team as a senior. Bryan helped her team to a third place finish in 2005 at the Oklahoma State Tournament in Oklahoma City. Bryan earned a bachelor's degree in education at Pittsburg State University in December of 2016. She resides in Fort Scott, KS.