USD Coyotes name Amy Klyse softball head coach Joel Nielsen, director of athletics at The University of South Dakota, has announced that Amy Klyse has been named head coach of the Coyote softball team. Klyse served as the interim head coach in 2008 and led the team to a third place finish in the North Central Conference (NCC) and was named NCC Co-Coach of the Year. â�?�?Iâ�?�?m very excited to get the opportunity to continue my coaching career at USD and I look forward to representing Coyote softball as we transition to District I,â�? said Klyse. â�?�?The team we have coming back is full of talent and we have some outstanding freshman that will be joining us in the fall. Iâ�?�?m very thankful to everyone who felt I deserve the chance to continue coaching here.â�? Klyse earned her coach of the year honor after guiding USD to a 6-6 record in conference play and guiding the team to the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament. She joined the Coyote coaching staff in 2006 and has served as the teamâ�?�?s pitching coach for all three seasons. This past season, one of the three players to earn all-conference honors was pitch Brittany Donohue. The sophomore southpaw had one of the top five ERAâ�?�?s in the league as she finished the season with an 8-11 record and a 2.44 ERA. In 2005 Klyse was the pitching coach for the University of Sioux Falls as she helped the pitching staff compile a 29-16 record and a 3.21 earned run average. Prior to working at USF she spent the 2004 season with her alma mater Augustana College. She coached Katie Krauth who had a 19-7 record and a 0.46 ERA that season and the entire team had a 1.93 earned run average. Before making the move to coaching, Klyse was a standout pitcher at Augustana. In her four-year career she compiled an 89-31 record and had an ERA below 2.00 all four years. In 2002 she set the Augustana single season strikeout record with 258. She finished her career with 682 strikeouts. Klyse was a two-time 20-game winner and was twice named to the NCC All-Conference team. She earned a bachelorâ�?�?s degree in communications in 2003 from Augustana. The University of South Dakota will begin its first year of transition to NCAA Division I in 2008-09.