E-mail: Coach Kissel
Steven Kissel is entering his first season as Dakota State University softball head coach.
A native of Limon, Colo., Kissel has coached six different colleges as a head softball coach in a span of 23 years. He had amassed an overall record of 558-573 and will be entering his 24th season as a collegiate head coach.
Kissel began his collegiate head coaching career at his alma mater from 1987 through 1994. He received his Physical Education degree from Dana in 1986.
Kissel's teams at Dana College won six conference championships in eight years (1987-91 and 1994) and qualified for district tournaments all eight years. The 1994 team won the district championship and advanced to the 'Elite Eight' of the NAIA National Tournament.
Kissel was a six-time conference Coach-of-the-Year while coaching at Dana. He was also a two-time District Coach-of-the-Year in 1991 and 1994.
After receiving his Masters' Degree in Health Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1994, Kissel next coached at Minot State (N.D.) for one year as head softball coach and assistant football coach. That year, the football team made it all the way to the 'Elite Eight' in the NAIA playoffs and the softball team qualified for its first-ever regional tournament.
Kissel's next coaching stint was at Pittsburg State University in Kansas. His squad qualified for the NCAA Division II regional tournament.
In 1998, Kissel joined Oklahoma Panhandle State where he was the head softball and men's/women's cross country coach. He spent the next seven years rebuilding a program that had won less than ten games per year to a program that consistently won 30 games per year. Kissel also served in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) department, was the NCAA Compliance Coordinator, a member of the Teacher Education Council and the Athletic Committee.
Kissel was named the head coach at the University of Central Arkansas where he spent three years and helped UCA make its transition from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I.
He was the head coach at Western Texas College from 2008 to 2011. He earned his 500th career collegiate coaching victory during his time at WTC.
Kissel will also serve as the Events Coordinator at Dakota State University.
Rachel Fricke will be entering her first year as an assistant softball coach for the Trojans. Fricke was a four-year letter winner at NCAA D-I University of South Dakota. While at USD Fricke played in 183 games starting in 179, posting a .972 fielding percentage and throwing out 25.1% of would be base stealers. She was named as the Great Western player of the week twice during her career. Rachel graduated from USD with a degree in Recreational Management with a Health and Coaching minor in 2010.
Fricke will serve as the team’s Academic Coordinator, Infield Coach, and will assist in the everyday operations of the program; including recruiting and scouting.