Head Softball Coach
Doane College ’99
Ed Kieff completed his first season as head softball coach at Dakota Wesleyan University in 2012, and hopes to continue and improve on his success as he begins his second season in the 2012-13 season.
The Tigers went 17-30 overall and 10-10 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference in 2012. Under Kieff’s guidance, Dakota Wesleyan made the league’s postseason tournament for just the second time in school history, where it went 0-2. DWU finished in a four-way tie for fifth in the conference standings, and were near the top of the league for much of the season.
Dakota Wesleyan picked up conference sweeps against Hastings College, Mount Marty College and Morningside College – which was picked to win the league in the preseason coaches’ poll – in 2012. The Tigers also swept Dakota State University twice. At one point in the middle of the season, Dakota Wesleyan won nine straight games.
Kelsie Fahr, Nicole Haley and Brandi and Roni Nekrassoff all earned All-GPAC Honorable Mention accolades in 2012. That marked the fourth straight honor for Brandi Nekrassoff, who set the school record for pitching wins (13), times walked (21) and infield assists (135) in a season in 2012. Roni Nekrassoff set the school records for doubles in a season with 15, and Megan Courtois was hit by a pitch a school record eight times. Roni Nekrassoff also took over the career doubles record (29) after three seasons, Brandi Nekrassoff graduated with the career record for pitching strikeouts (298) and Haley graduated with career records for hits (166) and runs scored (82). As a team, the Tigers set records for doubles (60) and fielding percentage (.945) in a season.
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 five years ago. The program started as one team when Kieff started it five years ago, 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 June.
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, 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.