University of South Dakota head softball coach Amy Klyse named Hallie Blackney as assistant softball coach Monday. Blackney, who hails from Maryville, MO, spent last season as an assistant at Fort Wayne in Indiana.
“We are excited to have Hallie join our staff,” said Klyse. “She brings a depth of knowledge for different areas of the game from both her playing career and coaching career. She has had the chance to work for some strong programs the past few years, and we look forward to incorporating her background into our program.”
Blackney was an all-conference utility player at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science-biomechanics. She completed an internship with Ehren Earleywine and the University of Missouri softball program in the summer of 2008 where she helped with recruiting and assisted with the Tigers’ summer camps.
Blackney was a graduate assistant at Bemidji State University in Minnesota for two years. From there, she served as an assistant at Southeast Missouri State University before making her way to Indiana. At Fort Wayne, she directed all infield and outfield practices, oversaw student-athlete academics and organized scouting reports.
“I feel blessed to be named assistant coach at the University of South Dakota,” said Blackney. “I want to thank coach Klyse, Jeanette Hubert, and David Herbster for believing in me and giving me this opportunity. I am looking forward to working with coach Klyse and the student-athletes here and cannot wait to get started. Go ‘Yotes!”
Blackney joins a program that won 29 games this past season and made its first appearance in the Summit League Tournament in its first year of eligibility.