Niki Stansell returned to Illinois State in the Fall of 2013 as an intern with the Karin L. Bone Athletics Study Center staff. Stansell, a former Redbird softball player, will help with the day-to-day responsibilities of the study center.
Stansell received her Master's degree from ISU in May 2012 in sport management. During her time as a graduate student, she served as a graduate assistant with the Redbird softball team. With the softball team, Stansell was responsible for supervising an undergraduate manager and helping at practices, including equipment set up and take down, field preparation and working with the student-athletes in various drills. She was also in charge of charting the games and organizing game film and organizing team meals.
In addition to her coaching duties, she also assisted with tournament scheduling and recruiting software, in addition to designing a monthly alumni newsletter.
Stansell, who played with the Redbirds for two seasons, had a successful career as the starting shortstop from 2008-2010. For her athletic, academic and community involvement, she was named a Lowes Senior Award Nominee in 2010 and was a two-time All-Missouri Valley Conference honoree, including first team honors in 2010. As a senior, she was named the Valley Player of the Week and started in the NCAA Regional and was a part of the four consecutive homeruns hit in one game which tied an NCAA record, led team with 154 assists, second on team with 171 at bats.
Stansell currently serves as a assistant coach for the Illinois Wesleyan softball team.