E-mail: Coach Veenhof
Amy Veenhof is entering her eighth season as head volleyball coach at Dakota State University. Her Trojan squad completed another successful season in 2015, recording back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in two decades. DSU also finished third overall in the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) conference standings with 10-3 record in 2015, recording its most conference victories since 2004. Two athletes were selected to the NSAA Volleyball All-Conference teams.
Veenhof coached four NSAA All-Conference selections in 2014 after finishing the NSAA conference with a second-place in the standings with a 7-3 record. 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 three defensive specialists that amassed over 1,000 digs. In addition, she guided a setter that had set an all-time school record for most career set assists. Veenhof had coached eleven (11) All-Conference selections.
Veenhof’s volleyball teams have also excelled in the classroom, where in her first seven years, thirteen (13) 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 six times. Her 2015-16 squad was selected to American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic award.
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.
E-mail: Coach Larson
Ceanna Larson is entering her first year at Dakota State University as the assistant volleyball coach, recruiting coordinator and Junior Varsity Head Coach.
Larson is originally from Camp Pendleton, Calif. She graduated in May 2013 from Idaho State University with a bachelor’s degree in English and Secondary Education. Prior coming to Dakota State, Larson was the volleyball program director at her high school alma mater in Idaho Falls, Idaho for the past two and a half years. Larson was also the first in the southeast Idaho area to start and facilitate a boys’ high school travel league for three consecutive years.
Prior to coaching in southeast Idaho for the past eleven years, Larson took part in playing Junior Olympics’ (JO’s) and was recruited to play for Garden City Community College (GCCC) in Garden City, Kan., where she was a setter, a starter and integral member of the GCCC volleyball team until a knee injury took her out of commission for the remainder of the season.
Larson currently resides in Madison, S.D.