HEAD COACH LEANNE WILLIAMSON
Leanne (Felsing) Williamson was named South Dakota’s head volleyball coach on April 9, 2014, becoming the ninth head coach in program history. She previously was the assistant coach from 2009-13 and helped the Coyotes transition into the Division I level.
In her first two seasons as head coach, Williamson led the Coyotes to back-to-back semifinals appearances in the Summit League Tournament. In 2014 and 2015, she coached four and two players to All-Summit League Team honors, respectively. Williamson also had three players named to the All-Freshman Team and one named to the Honorable Mention Team. In 2015, sophomore Brittany Jessen was named Setter of the Year and ranked 45th in the nation with 10.77 assists per set.
In her five years as an assistant, she helped lead the Coyotes to their first Summit League postseason berth in 2013, the first since the team joined the Summit. USD posted a 19-13 overall record and 9-5 mark in the Summit League. USD was 8-0 at home during the season. She helped coach Junior Kendall Kritenbrink to Summit League Player of the Year honors. Kritenbrink led the Summit with 521 kills, ninth most in League history. Kritenbrink was selected to the Division I Honorable Mention All-America Team and was also chosen by USA Volleyball to be part of the U.S. Collegiate National Team.
In 2011, the Coyotes made the move from the Great West Conference to the Summit League. In their inaugural year in the Summit, South Dakota was picked to finish ninth in the League, but recorded a solid sixth-place finish with a 7-11 mark. In non-conference, South Dakota defeated Oregon State at the Wyoming tournament for the Coyotes' first win over a school from a BCS conference.
Williamson came to USD after a decorated playing career at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 2004-07. Williamson put together one of the best all-around seasons in UWM history in 2007, leading the nation in triple-doubles while earning AVCA All-Region and honorable mention All-America honors for a second-straight season. Williamson finished her career with 1,146 kills, 1,329 digs and 2,264 assists while helping the Panthers to four regular season league titles. She was a two-time national player of the week honoree and, earlier in her career, claimed League Newcomer of the Year recognition.
Williamson also excelled in the classroom throughout her career, collecting academic all-league and all-region recognition. Williamson was named the Horizon League Player of the Year, an All-Horizon League honoree, ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection and Horizon League All-Academic Team.
Williamson, a native of Hartland, Wis., graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in education. She completed her master's degree from USD in Dec. 2010. Williamson and her husband, Tyler, live in Vermillion with their twin boys, Jaxson and Logan.