E-mail: Coach Veenhof
Amy Veenhof is entering her seventh season as head volleyball coach at Dakota State University. Her 2014 squad had earned their first winning season in 10 years and the most victories (21) since 2005. The Trojans moved up in the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) conference standings and finished second with a 7-3 conference record.
Veenhof coached four NSAA All-Conference selections in 2014. In addition, she coached a NSAA Freshman-of-the-Year athlete and two-time NSAA Defensive Player-of-the-Year athlete.
Veenhof also guided her 2011 DSU Volleyball team to their independent qualifying conference tournament – the Association of Independent Institution (A.I.I.) Conference Post-season Tournament in Phoenix, Ariz.
During her coaching tenure at Dakota State, Veenhof had coached four spikers that surpassed 1,000 career kills and a defensive specialist that amassed over 1,000 digs in a span of two years in 2014. In addition, she guided a setter that had set an all-time school record for most career set assists. Veenhof had coached ten (10) All-Conference selections. She was the director for the Madison Area Junior Olympic Volleyball Club.
Veenhof’s volleyball teams have also excelled in the classroom, where in her first six years, ten (10) players earned Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete honor. Her teams also consistently ranked at or above 3.0 cumulative grade point average, earning NAIA Scholar-Team award five times.
Veenhof coached at Si Tanka-Huron University for one season before taking the job at Northern State (S.D.). She also served as the head coach of the Northeast South Dakota (NESD) Junior Olympic volleyball club in Aberdeen for four years.
Veenhof was a two-year starter, two-time All-Conference and All-Region selection in both volleyball and softball at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minn. She also received All-American in volleyball. Veenhof then transferred to Si Tanka University in Huron, S.D. where she was a two-year starter in both volleyball and softball. She received Academic All-American honors while at Si Tanka.
Veenhof is a native of Henderson, Minn. She earned her associate degree from Bethany Lutheran College, her bachelor’s degree from Si Tanka University and her master’s degree from Northern State University. Veenhof is also teaching for the College of Education at Dakota State University.
Amy and her husband, Casey, have three sons – Shane, Henry and Frank. Casey played football at Huron University and for the Sioux Falls Storm.
Email: Coach Kusler
Megan Kusler is entering her fourth year as an assistant volleyball coach at Dakota State University. She assisted the Trojans in 2014 where they earned their most victories in ten (10) years and their first winning season since 2005. The Trojans also finished the North Star Athletic Association conference with a second-place finish in the standings with a 7-3 conference record. Kusler also coach for the DSU's junior varsity volleyball program.
Kusler graduated from Aberdeen Central High School and went on to Northern State University (S.D.) where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Sports Marketing and Administration. She was a volleyball and basketball standout for both Aberdeen Central High School and played basketball at Northern State. She was selected as Miss Volleyball while at Aberdeen Central High School.
Kusler had years of experience coaching and officiating volleyball. She was on the coaching staff of the Northeast South Dakota (NESD) Junior Olympic Volleyball Club in Aberdeen for five years. She has been a summer camp instructor and official for Aberdeen Central High School and Northern State University for numerous years.
Kusler was the coach for the Madison Junior Olympics volleyball program for three years.