Widely regarded as one of the best softball players in the world, Keilani Ricketts is a member of Team-USA and was a National Champion at the University of Oklahoma. She is a Two-Time USA Softball Collegiate Softball Player of the Year and 4 time NFCA All-American.
Keilani was born on September 1, 1991 in San Jose, California. She is the youngest of Jeffery and Carol Ricketts’ four children who all went on to play Division 1 sports. Samantha, All American at the University of Oklahoma; Richard, All-Mountain West Conference Defensive Lineman at the United States Air Force Academy; Stephanie, WCWS participant and All American at the University of Hawaii.
Keilani attended the Bay Area powerhouse Archbishop Mitty High School where she participated in both basketball and softball. She lettered four years in basketball, helping the team to 2 state championships. In softball she lettered in three years, as the team went on to win 3 Central Coast Section championships. Keilani’s senior season of 2009, the team was ranked #1 by ESPN Rise and her travel ball team the Sorcerer also went on to win the ASA National Championship that summer.
Keilani accepted a scholarship from the University of Oklahoma to follow her older sister Samantha’s footsteps to Norman, Oklahoma. While at Oklahoma, Keilani participated with the USA Women’s national team in 2011 and 2012 helping the team to a Pan American gold medal and an ISF World Championship silver medal. In 2013, Keilani was drafted in the National Professional Fastpitch first round as fourth overall pick to the USSSA Pride. Keilani has been apart of 5 regular season championships as well as 3 Cowles Cup championships with the Pride.
She also played overseas from 2013-2018 in the Japan Softball League for Toyota Inustries Shokki. Shokki participated in 5 championships and won the All Japan Cup while Keilani was on the team.
During the off season, Keilani has helped in numerous pitching and hitting clinics. She also was a volunteer coach at Mississippi State University in 2015. She is currently a volunteer assistant softball coach with her alma mater, the University of Oklahoma.