Cowles Joins Jackrabbit Volleyball
BROOKINGS, S.D. – South Dakota State volleyball coach Phil McDaniel announced the hiring of Hailey Cowles as an assistant coach for the Jackrabbit program. Cowles joins the staff after most recently serving as assistant coach at Concordia University in St. Paul.
“Hailey is going to bring a wealth of high-level playing experience and energy to our gym,” McDaniel said. “She is coming in to spring practices with about 10 days left in our season. This will give her an opportunity to start to make that connection with the team, and to get a feel for the practice setting in our gym. I am looking forward to having her join the athletics department and our program.”
A former Minnesota Golden Gopher standout, Cowles joined the collegiate coaching ranks in 2011, helping lead Concordia to its sixth and seventh NCAA Division II National titles. This past season the Golden Bears posted a 35-3 overall record.
Working with the setters and the defense, Cowles helped setter Amanda Konetchy earn American Volleyball Coaches Association all-American honors.
Cowles has also spent seven seasons as a head and assistant coach with the highly successful Mizuno Northern Lights Club team. As assistant coach of the 15 and 17 teams, Cowles won a pair of AAU National titles.
A native of Eden Prairie, Minn., Cowles played four seasons at the University of Minnesota, helping the Gophers advance to the NCAA Final Four in 2009. The two-time team captain was named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team after leading the Gopher offense with 12 kills in a loss to No. 2 Texas. She also added two assists, two service aces and six digs. In the five tournament games, Cowles collected eight service aces.
For the 2009 season, the outside hitter played in 35 of 36 matches, averaging 2.71 digs and 1.46 kills per set.
After tearing an ACL in 2010, Cowles returned to the lineup for her senior year. She ranked first on the squad in total attacks (807), second in service aces (21) and digs (370), and fourth in kills (255, 2.06 per set) and assists (74).
Cowles played club ball for Northern Lights. She was named to the all-tournament team when the club went undefeated and won the national championship in the 17 & Under Junior Nationals in 2006.
A 2007 graduate and four-year letterwinner from Eden Prairie High School, Cowles was named Ms. Minnesota Volleyball and was the Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year in 2006. She was named a prepvolleyball.com high school all-American as a senior and to the prepvolleyball.com "Senior Aces" list. Cowles earned all-state honors in her final two seasons, was named Star Tribune All-Metro in 2005 and was a Pioneer Press First-Team All-Metro honoree in 2006.
The 2011 Minnesota graduate with a degree in business and marketing education, Cowles replaces Angela Mooney on the SDSU staff, who left the program to take the assistant coaching position at Ole Miss.