Christi Musser joined the Grand Canyon softball staff as an assistant coach in June 2015, bringing a wealth of experience both on the field and in the dugout. Entering into her fourth season with Grand Canyon in 2019, Musser serves as the hitting coach for the Lopes and works with GCU’s outfielders.
Most recently, Musser coached First Team All-WAC outfielder Laynee Gomez and First Team All-WAC infielder Bianca Boling, who ranked third and fourth in the WAC for batting average, respectively. Musser also guided Second Team All-WAC hitter Niki Gonzalez, who led the Lopes with 13 homeruns, 18 doubles and 52 RBI on the season.
Musser helped the Lopes tally a total of 293 RBI in 2018, compared to 276 in her first season. GCU hit 96 doubles, 14 triples and 41 home runs in its most recent campaign to record a team batting average of .316.
Musser's first collegiate coaching position came at her alma mater, Kansas, from 2003 to 2010. She assisted the Jayhawks on the field as a hitting instructor and served as recruiting coordinator during her tenure. She then joined the staff at New Mexico in July 2010 and enjoyed a successful three-year run that included serving as the hitting instructor for a Lobo squad that, in 2012, led the nation with 96 home runs.
For one year, Musser served as the New Mexico state director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
As a player, Musser was named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American in 2002. The honor came at the end of a stellar career that included four All-Big 12 selections. During her high school career, Musser's squad won the 1998 national title as voted by USA Today, part of a run that included four state titles.
Mandy Gardner will enter her fourth season with the GCU softball team in 2019, as she was named assistant coach in June of 2018. Gardner served as a graduate assistant for three seasons, assisting the coaching staff in off-field operations as well as practices and on game day operations.
Gardner joined the Lopes after a Division I playing career that included a two-year stay at Michigan in the Big Ten and three years at Maryland in the ACC/Big Ten. She was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a volunteer for the Special Olympics while pursuing her undergraduate degree.
Gardner earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Maryland in 2015. She is pursuing her master's degree in special education at GCU.
Kobie Pettis is in her first year as graduate assistant for the Lopes, having joined the staff in July of 2018.
Pettis is a 2018 graduate of the University of California, where she competed as an infielder on the Bears' softball team. She was a 2015 member of the U.S. Women's Junior National Team and earned All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention honors and Pac-12 All-Freshman team honors the same year. In 2016, Pettis was named a Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention selection.