Head Softball Coach
Doane College ’99
The Dakota Wesleyan University softball program continued to make strides in head coach Ed Kieff’s second year at the helm in 2013, including a home winning streak that proved the Tigers can be tough to beat in Mitchell.
Dakota Wesleyan finished the 2013 season with a 10-26 overall mark and an 8-12 record in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The Tigers earned the seventh seed in the league’s postseason tournament, where it lost to No. 2 Morningside College and No. 6 Nebraska Wesleyan University to end the season.
The Tigers put together a seven-game home winning streak that spanned from April 3 to April 27 in 2013. DWU swept Briar Cliff University, Dakota State University and Doane College and picked up a win against Concordia University before the Bulldogs ended the Tigers’ home streak. DWU ended the season 8-4 at McWhirter Field in Mitchell.
Catcher Hailey Unger earned All-GPAC First Team honors for the Tigers as a true freshman in 2013. She is Dakota Wesleyan’s third first-team honoree and the first since 2008. Katie Anderus, the team’s sophomore second baseman, earned All-GPAC Second Team accolades. Unger led the team in batting average (.333), slugging percentage (.500) and on-base percentage (.366). She finished the year tied for 10th in the league in total doubles (10). Anderus led the team with 34 hits and tied for first with four stolen bases. Junior first baseman Chelsea Moody earned Daktronics Scholar-Athlete honors.
Kieff comes to Dakota Wesleyan with 20 years of softball coaching experience under his belt. Most recently, he was the head of the Sioux Falls Diamonds Fastpitch Softball Club, which he helped get started six years ago. The program started as one team when Kieff started it, and has grown to 12 teams spanning in ages from 9-and-under to 18-and-under. He is the head coach of the 14u Diamonds Gold team, which won its division at the USSSA South Dakota State Tournament in Sioux Falls in 2012.
Kieff’s ties around the state will be crucial in allowing him to recruit some of the best softball players in the area and the state to play softball at Dakota Wesleyan. Kieff also has ties to Mitchell as his wife, Mary, is a Mitchell native and his mother-in-law, Marjorie, graduated from the DWU nursing program, lives in Mitchell and is an avid Tiger fan.
Kieff currently lives in Sioux Falls with his wife, Mary, and they have two grown children and one grandchild.
Assistant Softball Coach
Dakota Wesleyan University ’90
Jim Misiaszek’s is a familiar face in the softball community within Mitchell, and now he’s getting even more involved with the sport in the city.
Misiaszek begins his first season as an assistant coach to the Dakota Wesleyan University softball team in 2013. He served as a volunteer assistant in the 2013 season, but comes on as head coach Ed Kieff’s top assistant in the fall.
The Mitchell native and 1990 Dakota Wesleyan graduate is currently the head coach for the Mitchell Unleashed club program and he is also the head coach and manager of the Mitchell High School softball program. Both programs have won multiple Class B state tournaments in the summer. The high school program – which won the Class B state title in 2011 – took second place in Class A at the South Dakota High School State Softball Tournament in 2013, just their second season in Class A.
Misiaszek is familiar with the DWU program as he coached several current players, including several of the Tigers’ incoming recruits. He currently resides in Mitchell with his wife Natalie – also a DWU alum – and their four children.