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Steven Kissel
Head Coach: 3rd Season
Alma Mater: Dana College (Neb.)
Phone: 605-256-5846

E-mail:  Coach Kissel

Steven Kissel is entering his second 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 566-603 and will be entering his 26th 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.

 
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Rachel Fricke
Assistant Coach: 5th Season
Alma Mater: University of South Dakota
Phone: 605-256-5846

Rachel Fricke will be entering her fifth year as an assistant softball coach for the Trojans. During her time at DSU, she has assisted in coaching 1 All-Region player, 9 NSAA All-Conference players, 3 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, 18 North Star Scholar-Athletes, and 1 NAIA Scholar Team.  Fricke is the team’s Academic Coordinator, Outfield Coach, and assists in the everyday operations of the program; including recruiting and scouting.

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 as a catcher or designated player, posting a .972 fielding percentage. Rachel graduated from USD with a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation Management with a Health and Coaching minor in 2010.

 

 
Caitlin Murray
Manager: 1st Season
 
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Kasey Randall
Manager: 1st Season
 
Jalynn Willcuts
Manager: 1st Season
 
 
 
 
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