Aubree Brattin-Volkens

Head Coach
JCCC/Emporia State
252-85 (.748) • 8th season at JCCC

Johnson County Community College All-American Aubree Brattin-Volkens is in her eigth season at the helm of the Lady Cavaliers softball program. Brattin returned to her alma mater in fall of 2010 as an assistant and appointed the sixth head coach in Johnson County in October, 2011.

In seven seasons at the helm, Brattin-Volkens stands 252-85 (.748) with one conference championship, three Region/District championships and a third place national finish, a fifth place national finish and seventh place national finish. She has also produced five All-Americans, two NJCAA All-Tournament selections, 44 All-Region VI/District performers, and 30 All-Jayhawk Conference players, including two conference Freshman of the Year recipients and one conference most valuable selection.

Last season, Brattin-Volkens had her team qualify for the NJCAA D-II National Tournament for the third time in her tenure at the college. The Lady Cavaliers finished 2-2 in the tournament, good for a tie for seventh place. JCCC posted a perfect 5-0 record in the Region VI/District D tournament to punch their ticket to Clinton, Miss. The team finished 31-16 overall on the season, and 20-5 in conference play and in second-place. Individually, outfielder Sammi Bates was named to the NJCAA All-America first team for the second year in a row, joining third baseman Kristen Doffing as the only two-time first-team All-Americans in team history. Brattin-Volkens also had nine players named as Region VI/District D performers, second only the 10 picked in 2017. Additionally three of those players were selected as All-Jayhawk D-II Conference performers.

In 2017, Brattin-Volkens had her team ranked among the top teams all season long. Her Lady Cavaliers  fnished 25-7 overall after capturing the NJCAA Region VI/District D championship, and finishing fifth at the NJCAAA national tournament. Individually, she coached two NJCAA All-Americans, a record 10 players were selected as All-Region VI/District D performers, including seven first-team picks. Additionally, seven of those players were selected as Kansas Jayhawk Conference performers. Among them were MVP Megan Deiter and freshman of year Sammi Bates.

In 2016, the Lady Cavaliers finished 38-14, posted a runner-up finish in the Jayhawk Conference, and reached the championship game of the Region VI/District D Tournament. Brattin-Volkens also coached three All-Region VI and four All-Jayhawk Conference performers. Additionally, additionally, Dakota Sanders became the third player in JCCC history to be selected the Freshman of the Year for the conference.

In 2015, Brattin-Volkens’ led her team to a 37-15 mark and its first national tournament berth under her watch, winning the Region VI/District N title in three straight games. Seeded 11th in the 16-team tournament field, Brattin’s Lady Cavaliers relished the role as underdog, and placed third overall. The team’s third place showing is second only to the program’s runner-up finish in 2007. Brattin-Volkens also coached six All-Region VI/District N picks, five all-conference selections and two NJCAA All-Tournament performers, including a Most Outstanding Offensive Player award given to Taylor Brunson, a first in program history.

In 2014, Brattin-Volkens guided the Lady Cavaliers to a 33-8 record and were ranked as high as No. 3 on April 9, 2014, and finished the year ranked seventh in the final poll. The Lady Cavaliers also captured the 15th conference title in team history, but the first since 2010. The season also saw Zoe Price become the 40th All-American in the program’s history, but just the second pitcher to be named to the first-team, joining Hall of Fame hurler Kelly Becher (1992). Brattin also produced five All-Region/District performers and three All-Jayhawk Conference picks and was selected the 2014 Kansas Jayhawk Conference Coach of the Year.

In year two, Brattin-Volkens guided JCCC to a 35-15 mark and a tie for third place in the Jayhawk Conference. She also coached five All-Region/District performers and four All-Jayhawk Conference players.

In her first season leading the Lady Cavaliers, Brattin-Volkens yielded a 14-win improvement over the previous season while coaching one NFCA All-American, six All-District and three All-East Jayhawk Conference performers.  The Lady Cavaliers were powered by the best hitting team in Johnson County history, ripping opposing pitchers at a .398 clip, third best in the NJCAA, breaking a 20-year old record by four points. Brattin had six players hitting over .400, and another three hitting over .370. The team also collected 639 hits, third most all-time and, 101 doubles, tied for fifth. Behind those strong offense numbers and solid pitching staff, Brattin-Volkens and the Lady Cavaliers posted a 43-10 record, reached the championship game in the NJCAA District E Tournament, were ranked as high seventh in the country and finished 20th in the final poll.

In addition, her players combined to set two school records and crack the JCCC all-time list in 38 statistical categories.

Prior to taking over the program, Brattin-Volkens served the 2011 season as an assistant to Kelly Latedresse. Brattin helped guide the Lady Cavaliers to a 29-27 record and a runner-up finish in the Region VI/District D Tournament. She also mentored six All-Jayhawk Conference and five All-Region VI/District D performers.

Brattin-Volkens began her coaching career in the spring of 2010 as an assistant to Kristi Bredbenner at Emporia State University, following her standout-playing career at Johnson County Community College and Emporia State.

In her first year on staff at ESU, Brattin-Volkens helped the Lady Hornets win the MIAA regular season title, the MIAA postseason Tournament for a seventh straight year and reach the championship game of the NCAA D-II South Central Regional Tournament. Emporia State ended the season ranked 11th
nationally and reached 50 wins (50-14) for just the fourth time in team history.

That same year, Brattin-Volkens played professionally in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) for the Tennessee Diamonds, based out of Nashville. She was one of only three NCAA Division II players in the NPF, the only D-II catcher.  Brattin-Volkens played in 23 games and was part of a team that reached the semifinals NPL playoffs.

The Diamonds team included many standout Division I players, including former Lady Vols and USA Olympic pitcher Monica Abbott. She also played against several other Olympians, including Jessica Mendoza, Cat Osterman and Jennie Finch.

Raised in Lee’s Summit, Mo., Brattin-Volkens was a mainstay behind the plate during her two seasons at JCCC and ESU. While at JCCC, Brattin-Volkens hit for a career average of .343 (116-for-338) with 19 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs and 58 RBI. Her 19 doubles ranked 19th on Johnson County’s career chart, and currently stand 22nd. With Brattin-Volkens behind the place, the JCCC pitching staff posted an earned run average of 1.83 over her two campaigns. Brattin-Volkens helped JCCC to a record of 89-30 and to conference and district championships and a runner-up finish at the NJCAA D-II Tournament in 2007.

As freshman, Brattin-Volkens earned All-East Jayhawk Conference second team and All-Region VI third team accolades after batting .327 (56-for-171) with 11 doubles, a triple, a home run and 23 RBI. She also had 17 multiple-hit games and five multiple-RBI games.

In her sophomore season at JCCC, Brattin-Volkens posted a batting average of .359 (60-for-167) with eight doubles, a triple, nine home runs and 35 RBI. Her nine homers ranked 21st in the NJCAA and were the ninth highest season total in team history. She also recorded a fielding percentage of .996, committing only one error. She also nailed 50 percent of the runners attempting to steal. Those numbers helped her earn all-conference, all-region and NFCA second-team All-America honors, and finish runner-up in the voting for the Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year award.

Brattin-Volkens continued her career at Emporia State University, where she started every game behind the plate. She was twice selected All-MIAA at catcher, earning honorable mention in 2008 and second-team honors in 2009. As a junior, Brattin-Volkens hit .319 (58-for-182) with four doubles, a triple and 24 driven in while helping the Hornets to a 48-17 record, win the MIAA regular season, win the MIAA postseason tournament, win the NCAA North Central Regional Tournament and finish runner-up at the NCAA D-II World Series. In the tournament, Brattin-Volkens hit .368 and was selected All-Tournament.

In 2009, her senior season, Brattin-Volkens hit .291 (50-for-172) with nine doubles, a triple, four homers and 31 RBI. She also recorded 14 multiple-hit and five multiple-RBI games. Her strong play behind the plate helped the Hornets as she threw out 15 of 19 runners who tried to steal against her and picked off eight. She also helped ESU win a sixth consecutive MIAA postseason crown.

For her career, Brattin-Volkens hit .305 (108-for-354) with 13 doubles, two triples, six homers and 55 driven in. Brattin-Volkens also only allowed 11 out of 44 runners to steal a base in her career.

As a prep player at Lee’s Summit High School, Brattin-Volkens earned Missouri Class 4A first-team All-State accolades in 2004, and was selected first-team All-Big 67, All-District, All-Metro and All-Region. She was a first-team all-conference and All-District selection in 2003, and a second-team All-Region pick. She helped the Tigers win two District Championships and one Regional title.