Steven Kissel
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Head Coach | 3rd Season
Dana College (Neb.)

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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.

2018 Roster
Roster for 2018 Softball Team
#NameCl.Pos.B/THt.HometownPrevious School
1Jayme KnauerJRP/UTILR/R5-3Visalia, CAPorterville College
2Melissa KrapfFROFL/R5-6Peoria, AZSandra Day O'Connor High School
3Lindsey JibbenFRSS/UTILS/R5-5Tea, SDTea High School
4Audrey KosmanJRP/INFR/R5-2Bensenville, Ill.York Community High School
6Nicole StewartSOC/1B/3B R/R5-8Salida, Calif.Joseph Gregori High School
7Katarina SmithFROFR/R5-6Northfield, MNNorthfield High School
8Kailee McFaddenSO2B/UTIL L/R5-0Davey, Neb.North Star High School
9Reanna FitzgeraldJR2B/UTIL R/R5-5Aberdeen, Wash.Grays Harbor CC
10Peyton BrokiewiczJRUTILR/R5-5Sussex, Wis.Menomonee Falls High School
11Erin NewburyJROFR/R5-6Ottawa, ILSauk Valley CC
12Tiara HunterFRUTILR/R Forth Worth, TX
14Megan ZephierSO3BR/R5-5Pickstown, S.D.Wagner Community High School
15Kelly DrakeSRPR/R5-8Concord, Calif.Iowa Lakes CC
16Natalie HockFRPR/R5-6Republican City, NE
18Hailey GukeisenSOMIFR/R5-7Mitchell, SDUniversity of North Dakota
21Gabriella SmithFRC/1stR/R5-9Oaklawn, ILMother McCauley High School
22Tatum RonkeJROFR/R5-6Watertown, S.D.Waverly-South Shore High School
24Taylor WhalenFR1st/3rdR/R5-5Las Vegas, NVMissouri Valley
25Quincy BatesFR3rd/PR/R5-5Juneau, AK
27Jasmin LuceroSOC/1BR/R5-8Moreno Valley, Calif.Valley View High School
32Morgan GarrisonFRP/UTILS/R5-4Victorville, CAWest Alabama
33Kaysea LunaSOP/1BL/L5-4San Bernardino, Calif.A.B. Miller High School
55Autumn MadrigalFRUTILR/R5-4Ventura, CABuena High School
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1st season
  • Oct. 8 - Softball vs Briar Cliff University - No Team Score
  • Oct. 8 - Softball vs Briar Cliff University - No Team Score
  • Oct. 8 - Softball vs Briar Cliff University - No Team Score
  • Sep. 24 - Softball vs Morningside College - No Team Score
  • Sep. 24 - Softball vs Morningside College - No Team Score
  • Sep. 24 - Softball vs Iowa Lakes CC - No Team Score
  • Apr. 24 - Softball vs Mount Marty College - L 1-0 (10 Innings) - recap - stats
  • Apr. 24 - Softball vs Mount Marty College - L 13-4 (5 Innings) - recap - stats
  • Apr. 23 - Softball vs Valley City State University - L 15-0 (5 Innings) - recap - stats
  • Apr. 23 - Softball vs Valley City State University - L 13-9 - recap - stats