Former 49ers slugger Kristi (Killough) Painter returned to her alma mater to join the coaching staff in the fall of 2008. Her duties include overseeing the offense and outfielders.
During the 2012 season, Painter saw her record of home runs in a career surpassed by Briana Gwaltney. Gwaltney went on to take the top spot in home runs in a season posting 14 dingers. Gwaltney finished her career with 35 home runs.
During the 2010 season, Painter helped Serena Smith surpass Charlotte's career RBI mark, pushing her career total to 126, and outfielder Briana Gawltney earn a spot on the conference's all-conference team. In her first season as an assistant coach for the 49ers, Painter helped to improve Charlotte in several offensive categories including; batting average, home runs, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.
Prior to coming back to the 49ers, Painter was the Head Coach at nearby Central Cabarrus High School in Concord, N.C., while also coaching a summer softball team and giving private softball instruction.
At Charlotte, Painter lettered from 2004-07, where she was a standout for the Niners by twice being named a First Team All-Atlantic 10 performer. She held both the career (20) and season home run records (11, 2006). Painter was key to the 2007 team, who appeared in Charlotte's first ever A-10 Championship game, by being named to the A-10 All-Tournament team, after hitting .538 in four games with three RBI. She wrapped up a solid career in 2007 with 105 career RBI, which sits in third place overall on the school's all-time list.
A native of Concord, N.C., Painter graduated in December 2007 with a Bachelor's Degree in Middle Grades Education. Painter, formerly Kirsti Killough, is married to Michael Painter.