Dakota State University's Athletic Director Gene Wockenfuss announces the hiring of Scott Hortness as the new head baseball coach. He replaces Dean Berry, who left earlier this summer to take a position at Northern State.
Hortness was a top assistant baseball and pitching coach at Campbellsville University in Kentucky since 2002. He helped the team capture the regular season championship four times and won the conference tournament six times. Campbellsville has been ranked nationally six of the last seven seasons and qualified for the NAIA World Series in 2009.
â€œI want to thank Gene Wockenfuss, the search committee and Dakota State University for putting their trust in me,â€ said Hortness, â€œand thank you to Campbellsville University and Beauford Saunders for treating me so well for nine years.â€
Hortness is originally from Parker, S.D. He has a masters and bachelors in education from Northern State University. Hortness had been assistant baseball coach at Dakota Wesleyan, University of South Dakota and Northern State. He has numerous years of experience in coaching from youth to amateur levels.
â€œI'm elated that Scott Hortness has accepted the position as DSU's head baseball coach,â€ stated Wockenfuss. â€œScott brings a wealth of experience from his very successful winning programs. He's a local South Dakota guy from Parker that attended DSU and played baseball until DSU's mission change and the sport was temporarily discontinued, then he transferred to Northern State.â€
â€œIt was obvious from the start of the process that Scott is very passionate about his time spent at DSU and believes that the baseball program can be elevated to a consistent competitor at the national level,â€ said Wockenfuss.
Hortness will also be an instructor in the College of Education at DSU.
â€œThe growth and development that we are discussing not only will affect the baseball program but the entire university and community of Madison,â€ added Hortness. â€œAchieving those goals will take the cooperation, communication, organization and patience of many people. I am looking forward to being a part of this challenge.â€
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director