Head Softball Coach
Doane College ’99
The Dakota Wesleyan University softball team rewrote the history books in 2014, and head coach Ed Kieff led the program to the best season in school history.
Kieff, who enters his fourth season with the Tiger softball program in 2015, became the winningest softball coach in school history after guiding DWU to a 22-18 record. He is now 49-74 in three seasons with the team. DWU’s 22 wins in 2014 is the most in school history.
The Tigers tied or broke 12 records in 2014, including the record for wins in a season. As a team, Dakota Wesleyan set records for runs (181), doubles (61) and stolen bases (61) in a season. Sophomore Lindy Snook set three individual records, including hits (53), doubles (17) and RBIs (31) in a season. Senior pitcher Jill Dickson broke the record for pitching wins (16) and pitching strikeouts (132) in a season, and junior outfielder Dani Klassen set the record for runs scored (36) and tied the record for stolen bases (27). Senior first baseman Chelsea Moody graduated with the record for fielding average in a career (.980).
Along with the records, Dakota Wesleyan also picked up its first-ever win at the Great Plains Athletic Conference postseason tournament. DWU lost its first game of the tournament, but came back to beat Dordt College 8-2. The Tigers won their second-ever GPAC tournament game when they beat Doane College 7-3 thanks to a grand slam by Snook before losing by one run to Concordia University.
The Tigers’ biggest win of the season came on April 15 when, after losing in five innings to league-leading Morningside College, Dakota Wesleyan came back to defeat the Mustangs 10-1 in five innings. The loss was the first GPAC loss of the season for Morningside, which won the regular and tournament titles, and came thanks to a two-hitter from Dickson. DWU also swept Hastings College, which was ahead of the Tigers in the standings, on April 25.
Five Tigers earned All-GPAC honors at the end of the season, and three were named to the first team – another school record. Klassen, Snook and sophomore Hailey Unger earned All-GPAC First Team accolades, and Dickson and junior Bailey Gummer earned honorable mention status. Snook finished second in the GPAC in batting average (.449) and doubles, and Klassen was second in the league in stolen bases.
Moody and senior teammate Tiffany Sharp earned Daktronics-NAIA 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 start. The program started as one team, and has grown to more than a dozen teams spanning in ages from 9-and-under to 18-and-under.
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 two grandchildren.
Assistant Softball Coach
Dakota Wesleyan University ’90
Jim Misiaszek’s has long been a familiar face in the softball community within Mitchell, and for the second year he brings his expertise to the Dakota Wesleyan University softball team as an assistant coach.
Misiaszek was a part of the Tigers’ best season in school history in 2014, and he looks to help the team continue that success in 2015. With his help, DWU set the record for wins in a season and picked up its first-ever win at the Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament, and also set or tied 11 other records. Misiaszek previously served as a volunteer assistant for head coach Ed Kieff in the 2013 season, but took on a role as the team’s top assistant and pitching coach in 2014.
The Mitchell native and 1990 Dakota Wesleyan graduate is currently the advisor for the Mitchell Unleashed and Mitchell Attack club programs. He is also the head coach of the Diamonds Select, a collegiate showcase team comprised of players from eastern South Dakota. Misiaszek 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. His daughter, Dana, is a sophomore on the Tiger volleyball team.
Student Assistant Softball Coach
Chelsea Moody wrapped up her four-year playing career with the Dakota Wesleyan University softball team in May, but she will still return to the team’s dugout in 2015.
Moody, a four-year letter winner for the Tigers, takes on a new role this season as she transitions from player to assistant coach. The Mitchell, S.D., native played first base all four seasons for Dakota Wesleyan, and set the school record for fielding percentage in a career (.980). She finished her career with 692 putouts and just 15 errors.
Moody earned two Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors for the Tigers, and she was a part of the team that set the school record for wins in a season and went 22-18 in 2014. That same team won a Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament game for the first time in school history, and set 11 other team and individual records.
Moody is currently working to complete her degree in business administration at Dakota Wesleyan.