Mustang Coaching Staff
Head Coach Jessica Jones-Sitzmann
Jessica Jones-Sitzmann is the winningest coach of any sport in Morningside history with a 653-349 career record for a .652 winning percentage over the past 19 seasons as head softball coach. Jones-Sitzmann was a Morningside assistant coach for four years before she was promoted to the head post in 1999. She has led Morningside to 13 30-win seasons, eight NAIA National Tournament appearances, seven GPAC regular season championships, and seven GPAC post-season tournament championships over the last 15 years.
She was named the 2017 Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Coach of the Year when the Mustangs posted a 40-12 record and won the GPAC championship with a 17-3 league record for a three-game victory margin and earned a berth in the NAIA Softball National Championship as an Opening Round host.
Jones-Sitzmann was also named the GPAC Coach of the Year in 2016 after she piloted the Mustangs to a 47-10 record to set a school record for victories and winning percentage (.825). The Mustangs won GPAC regular season and post-season tournament championships and the Morningside Bracket championship in the NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round en route to their first-ever appearance in the NAIA Softball World Series.
Jones-Sitzmann guided the Mustangs to a school-record nine consecutive 30-win seasons, including five 40-win campaigns, from 2003 to 2011. Jones-Sitzmann was named the 2014 GPAC Coach of the Year after the Mustangs posted a 30-14 record and won GPAC regular season and post-season tournament championships to qualify for the NAIA National Tournament for the sixth year in a row. She also guided the Mustangs to GPAC regular season championships in 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011.
Jones-Sitzmann was named the GPAC Coach of the Year for the third time in a four-year span in 2010 after she guided the Mustangs to a 40-9 record, the GPAC regular season and post-season tournament championships, and a national tournament berth. She was the 2009 GPAC Co-Coach of the Year after she led the Mustangs to the GPAC regular season championship and a NAIA National Tournament berth. She guided the Mustangs to a 40-12 record, the GPAC Post-Season Tournament championship, and a fifth consecutive NAIA Region Tournament appearance in 2008. Her 2007 team posted a 43-13 record to set a school record with a .768 winning percentage. Jones-Sitzmann was named the 2007 GPAC Coach of the Year after she led the Mustangs to that season’s GPAC regular season championship.
Jones-Sitzmann was named the 2017 recipient of South Dakota State's Ralph Ginn Award for Coaching Excellence. The award, named after the longtime SDSU football coach, is presented to graduates of SDSU who have distinguished themselves in the fields of coaching and education.
Jones-Sitzmann is a 1993 graduate of South Dakota State University, where she was a standout pitcher. She posted a 42-39 record with the Jackrabbits and established a school record with a 1.81 career earned run average. She earned NCAA Division II All-America honors as a junior in 1992 to become the Jackrabbits' first-ever softball All-American.
As a prep senior, Jones-Sitzmann led Sioux City East High School to a seventh place finish at the 1989 state tournament. Jones-Sitzmann tossed a no-hitter against North Scott in the opening round of the state tourney. She posted a 32-7 record with a sparkling 0.78 earned run average and struck out 225 batters in 224 innings pitched during her senior campaign en route to first-team all-state honors. She earned fifth-team all-state laurels as an outfielder when she batted .402 as a junior.
Assistant Coach Cindy Foland
Cindy Foland is in her first year as a Morningside assistant coach.
She is also a biology teacher at Sioux City West High School and an anatomy and physiology instructor at St. Luke’s College of Nursing.
Foland was a longtime head softball coach at West and previously coached in the collegiate ranks as a graduate assistant at Minnesota State University-Mankato from 2000-01 and as the pitching coach at the University of South Dakota from 2004-05.
Foland graduated from Morningside in 2000 with a major in elementary education and received a master’s degree in sports administration from Minnesota State-Mankato in 2007.
She was one of 10 female student-athletes named a North Central Conference (NCC) Honor Athlete for the 1999-2000 academic year and was a two-time NCC All-Academic selection.
Foland was a standout pitcher during her playing career at Morningside. She compiled a 69-67 record with a 2.38 earned run average and set a school record with 912.1 innings pitched. Foland made an immediate impact as a freshman when she went 13-13 with a career-best 1.63 earned run average. Foland became a 20-game winner for the first time when she went 20-15 with a 2.60 earned run average as a sophomore and earned second-team All-NCC and second-team all-region laurels as a junior when she went 15-17 with a 2.68 ERA. Foland posted a 21-22 record with eight shutouts and a 2.44 earned run average as a senior for the third highest single-season victory total in Morningside history. She walked only 37 batters in 289.1 innings pitched.
Aside from her pitching exploits, Foland was also the Mustangs’ leading hitter as a senior with a team-high 53 hits in 158 at-bats for a .335 batting average.
Foland was a three-time all-stater during her prep career at Sioux City West High School. She was a first-team Class 3A all-state selection as a senior when she went 26-14 with a 0.70 earned run average and amassed 316 strikeouts in 249.2 innings pitched.
Assistant Coach Mackenzie Neely
Assistant coach Mackenzie Neely, a 2013 Morningside graduate who majored in general psychology, was the Mustangs' starting catcher for four seasons and one of the greatest players in school history.
Neely was a four-time first-team All-GPAC selection and the Mustangs’ only player to receive elite-team All-America honors more than once. Neely collected 201 hits in 544 at-bats for a .369 batting average with 30 doubles, 30 home runs and 162 RBIs over her Morningside career. Her 162 RBIs and 30 home runs are the third and fourth highest career totals in Morningside history.
She helped lead the Mustangs to a pair of GPAC regular season championships, four GPAC Post-Season Tournament championships and four NAIA National Tournament appearances.
Neely earned first-team NAIA All-America honors as a freshman when she paced the Mustangs with a .387 batting average and topped the team with 12 doubles and 40 RBIs. She was a second-team All-American as a sophomore when she led the Mustangs with a .393 batting average to go along with career-high totals of 10 home runs and 54 RBIs. Her 54 RBIs was the third highest total in Morningside history. Neely also slugged 10 home runs as a senior when she hit .380 with 42 RBIs.
Assistant Coach Brooke Lyman
Brooke Lyman joined the Mustangs’ coaching staff for the 2018 season.
Lyman is a 2015 graduate of Briar Cliff University, where she majored in sports science.
She was an assistant coach at Sioux City Bishop Heelan Catholic High School for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
Lyman was a four-year starter at Briar Cliff, where she batted .292 with 10 home runs and 71 RBIs during her career. Lyman earned second-team All-GPAC honors as a junior and honorable mention All-GPAC recognition as a senior. Her best season came as a senior when she hit a career-high .358 and led the Chargers with nine doubles, two triples and 29 RBIs. Lyman was a versatile player at Briar Cliff, where she played every position except pitcher during her career.
Lyman received a master’s degree in exercise science from Wichita State University in 2017.
Assistant Coach Rachel Koch
Rachel Koch joined the Morningside coaching staff following a standout playing career for the Mustangs.
Koch graduated from Morningside in 2017 with a major in biology. She was a first-team Academic All-American and a two-time Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete.
As a player, Koch was a two-time first-team All-GPAC performer and the 2017 Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Player of the Year. She batted .333 with 33 doubles, three triples, 16 home runs and 109 RBIs during her Mustangs’ career and was a four-year starter.
Koch earned first-team All-GPAC honors in her 2016 junior season when she was the leading hitter for a Morningside team that posted a 47-10 record to set a school record for victories and became the first team in school history to advance to the NAIA Softball World Series. Koch led the Mustangs with a .381 batting average and ranked among the team leaders with 13 doubles, three triples, eight home runs and 44 RBIs.
As a senior, Koch was the GPAC Player of the Year after she helped lead the Mustangs to a 40-12 record, a second consecutive GPAC championship and a berth in the NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round. Koch batted .359 to lead the Mustangs in hitting for the second year in a row to go along with 13 doubles, four home runs and 39 RBIs.