Sacramento native, and former South Dakota head coach Amy Klyse, returned home when she joined UC Davis' softball's coaching staff in August, 2016.
Throughout her 10 years at the helm of South Dakota softball, Klyse successfully led her program’s transition to the Division I level, collected 211 victories and earned a birth in the Summit League Tournament every season following her team’s jump from Division II competition.
Once the Coyotes joined the Summit League, they quickly established themselves as one of the conference’s top programs. Just three years after becoming eligible for postseason play, USD finished second during the 2015 regular season and advanced to the championship game of the conference playoffs.
South Dakota ended that year ranked No. 15 in slugging percentage, No. 17 in home runs, No. 27 in batting average and No. 28 in scoring out of 289 Div. I programs.
Klyse first joined USD’s staff in 2007 as its pitching coach before she was named the team’s interim head coach the following year. After the 2008 season concluded, South Dakota removed the interim tag.
Throughout her tenure as head coach, 21 student-athletes captured all-conference accolades. Of that group, eight players earned All-Summit League honors and two received National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Region recognition.
In addition to posting a top 20 GPA, among all Division I programs four years in a row, 16 Coyotes collected NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete awards and another three earned CoSIDA Academic All-America distinction.
By holding an Academic Progress Rate among the top 10 percent in the sport, the NCAA bestowed its Public Recognition Award to her program in 2015.
Shortly after Klyse, a Sacramento native, graduated from Augustana in 2003 with a degree in communications, she joined the staff as its pitching coach.
When she began her coaching career, Klyse held Augustana’s record for the most wins and strikeouts in program history with 89 and 682 respectively. Those marks are currently the second- and third-highest in each category. Her 1.21 career ERA is currently the fifth-lowest in program history.