Megan Smith’s former-player coaching tree extends

ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons University announced this week the hiring of former Kansas softball student-athlete Chanin Naudin as the school’s new head softball coach. The hire extends KU head coach Megan Smith’s coaching tree to a trio of former Jayhawks who have already become college head coaches.

After graduating from KU in 2015, Naudin has spent the last two years at Harding University, where she coached and attained her master of business administration degree. Last season, Harding went 58-9 on the year and advanced to the NCAA Division II Super Regionals after claiming the regular season and tournament titles in the Great American Conference.

At KU, Naudin was a four-year starter at third base, earning All-Big 12 distinction and leading the Jayhawks to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances.

The former member of the Mexican National Team becomes the fourth head coach in Hardin-Simmons’ softball history. Naudin will be formally introduced at a meet and greet, tentatively schedule for Aug. 2.

Current college head coaches who played under Megan Smith at KU
Name School Affiliation Years at KU

Taylor Hatfield

Northwest Tech (Kan.) NJCAA


Ashley Hickman (née Spencer) McPherson College (Kan.) NAIA 2011-12

Chanin Naudin

Hardin-Simmons (Texas) NCAA DIII


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