MARSHALL, Minn. - Southwest Minnesota State University Director of Athletics Chris Hmielewski announced on Monday that four candidates have been invited to the Marshall campus as finalists in its search for a head softball coach.
The finalists include Jamie Dunn, assistant coach at Colorado Christian University, Steve Kerkman, head coach at Millard South High School (Neb.), Shannon Norman assistant coach at the University of South Dakota and Betsy Westermann, assistant coach at Dakota State University (S.D.).
The four candidates will be on campus either this week or next Monday for interviews with the search committee, members of the team and university administration. All four candidates will also have an open session with the community and members of the media from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. each day in Founders Hall 308. The open session for both candidates is open to all SMSU faculty and staff, community members and members of the media.
Westermann will be on campus tomorrow (June 11), Norman will be on Wednesday (June 12), Kerkman on Thursday (June 13), while Dunn will be on campus on Monday, June 17.
Dunn recently completed her first season as an assistant coach at NCAA II Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colo. CCU, which started its softball program in 2012, finished 25-23 overall this spring and recorded a third place in the 13-team Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference with a mark of 21-11.
Prior to CCU, Dunn spent three seasons (2009-12) as head softball coach at Fruita Monument High School in Grand Junction, Colo., leading the team to a 59-11 record, including three Class 5A state tournament appearances and two conference titles. She was named the Southwestern League Coach of the Year in 2010. Dunn earned her first head coaching position in 2002, spending three seasons at Palisade High School in Grand Junction and leading her squad to three Class 4A state tournament appearances and one conference title.
Dunn is a 2002 graduate of Colorado Mesa University where she played softball for three seasons (2000-02). She was a three-time All-RMAC honoree, leading the conference in home runs and RBIs in 2000, while helping lead CMU to the 2000 College World Series. Dunn earned her master's degree from Colorado Christian.
Kerkman has been the head softball coach at Millard South High School in Omaha, Neb., since 2002, leading the program to three Class A state championships (2005, 2011 and 2012) and one runner-up finish (2010). His teams have ranked in the state top 10 for all 11 seasons, while he was named the Nebraska Coaches Association Coach of the Year twice and the Omaha Metro Conference Coach of the Year honors twice.
Kerkman, who has served as the school's assistant athletic director since 2011, also coached junior varsity baseball for Millard South from 2002-09.
Kerkman is a 1992 graduate of the University of Nebraska, while earning a master's degree at Nebraska-Omaha.
Norman recently completed her second season as an assistant at NCAA I University of South Dakota. Norman, who also is an assistant professor of kinesiology and sport science at USD, helped the Coyotes to 29 victories in 2013.
Prior to her coaching stint at USD, Norman spent three seasons as an assistant softball coach at the University of Minnesota Duluth (2009-11). She spent more than 15 years coaching a variety of sports in the Duluth and Twin Cities area, including serving as an assistant softball coach at Duluth East High School (2003-08). She was also an assistant women's basketball coach at the University of Wisconsin-Superior (2006-08) and worked in that same capacity at Augsburg College (1996-97).
Norman is a 1999 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Superior, where she was a four-year letterwinner (1993-96) and three-time captain in softball, while earning all-conference honorable mention accolades in 1996. She earned her master's degree and doctorate degree from UMD.
Westermann just completed her first season as an assistant coach at NAIA Dakota State University in Madison, S.D. Prior to DSU, she spent one season as an assistant at Black Hills State (S.D.) (2012) and two seasons as an assistant at Northern State University (2010-11).
Westermann is a 2009 graduate of Jamestown College (N.D.) where she was a four-year letterwinner in softball, including earning all-conference honors as a senior. She also played three seasons of volleyball. She earned her master's degree from Northern State.
SMSU finished 19-21 in 2013 under the direction of second-year head coach Missy Bruggeman.
Southwest Minnesota State University is located in Marshall, Minn., and is a member of NCAA Division II.