Doane College ’99
Ed Kieff enters his eighth season as the Tiger head softball coach as the winningest coach in program history with 117 victories. He will rely upon a core of experience with seven seniors and five juniors on his roster. 11 of the 12 upperclassmen return from last year. Despite a slow start to the season in 2018, Kieff pushed the Tigers to a record of 9-4 midway through the season to help DWU hold the fifth seed in the Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament. However, the Tiger season closed with consecutive losses to Dordt College and the winner of the GPAC, Midland University.
At the conclusion of the season, DWU landed five players on the All-GPAC Team, as Andriana Sprakel, Sierra Haage and Melysia Ortega were each named to the All-GPAC Second Team. Amber Budmark and Karly Severance were both tabbed to the Honorable Mention Team, as each of the five players return to the diamond this season. Off the pitch, five members of the DWU softball team were named to the Daktronics-NAIA Softball Scholar-Athlete Team. Members of the Scholar-Athlete Team included the lone senior last year in Paige Kinley, Claudia Nixon, Amber Budmark, Severance and Sprakel.
Kieff comes to Dakota Wesleyan with 20 years of softball coaching experience under his belt. He 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 four grandchildren.