Mustang Coaching Staff
Head Coach Jessica Jones-Sitzmann
Jessica Jones-Sitzmann is the winningest softball coach in Morningside history with a 539-306 career record for a .638 winning percentage over the past 16 seasons. 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 11 30-win seasons over the last 12 years.
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.
Her 2011 Morningside team set a school record for victories with a 46-11 record to go along with GPAC regular season and post-season tournament championships en route to a national tournament berth.
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 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 Mackenzie Neely
Mackenzie Neely joined the coaching staff following a standout playing career with the Mustangs.
Neely ranks among the greatest hitters in Morningside history. A four-year starter, Neely collected 201 hits in 544 at-bats for a .369 batting average to go along with career totals of 30 doubles, 30 home runs, and 162 RBIs.
She is the only softball player in Morningside history to be a four-time first-team All-GPAC performer. Neely was named a NAIA first-team All-American as a freshman when she hit .387 with 12 doubles, seven home runs and 40 RBIs. She was a second-team All-American as a sophomore when she established career highs with a .393 batting average, 10 home runs, and 54 RBIs. Neely also slugged 10 home runs as a senior when she hit .380 with 42 RBIs.
Neely graduated from Morningside in 2013 with a major in general psychology.
Assistant Coach Tracie Derochie
Tracie Derochie returned to the Mustangs' coaching staff for the 2014 season after she previously served as one of the team’s assistant coaches from 2001-02.
Derochie was the interim head softball coach at South Dakota State University during the 1996 season and guided the Jackrabbits to a 43-22 record and their first-ever NCAA Division II Regional Final.
She was an assistant basketball coach at the University of Sioux Falls from 1996-98 and at Briar Cliff University from 2008-11.
Derochie is a 1993 graduate of Briar Cliff, where she played basketball and softball. She achieved her greatest accomplishments in softball and was a two-time All-IoKota Conference and NAIA All-District 15 performer.