Dickinson State Softball Camps

COACHING STAFF

KRISTEN FLEURY

Title: Head Coach

Coach Fleury is entering her tenth season at the helm of the program. In 2018 the Blue Hawks finished 30-21overall, 16-10 in North Star conference play. The Blue Hawks won the 2018 North Star Athletic Association Conference Tournament and made their 5th appearance in six years at the NAIA National Tournament. In 2017 three Blue Hawks were named to the North Star All Conference team, senior Rachael Dillon, junior Sonja Lawrence were named 1st team all-conference and junior Claire Shoffit was named 2nd team. In addition Rachael Dillion was named a 1st team NAIA All American and NFCA 1st team All American.

In 2017 the Blue Hawks finished 22-24overall, 17-9 in North Star Conference play. Four Blue Hawks were named to the NSAA All-Conference team, senior McKenzie Kenobbie, senior Brianna Grayson, junior Rachael Dillon and sophomore Abi Brooks. MeKenzie Kenobbie was also named a NAIA Honorable Mention All-American.

In 2016 the Blue Hawks finished 46-12, breaking a program record which was set in 2015. The Blue Hawks were North Star regular season champions with a conference record of 19-3, North Star Conference Tournament Champions and made their 4th straight appearance at the NAIA National Tournament. In 2016 Fleury helped guide seven players to North Star All Conference Honors, including senior Alex Vargas who was named NSAA Player of the Year, Alex Watson NSAA Pitcher of the Year and Abi Brooks NSAA Freshman of the Year. Infielder Alex Vargas was also NAIA 1st Team All-American and Alex Watson was NAIA Honorable Mention All-American. Both Vargas and Watson were honored during the season with National Player of the Week honors and National Pitcher of the Week honors. The Blue Hawks finished the 2016 season ranked # 20 in the final NAIA top 25 coach’s poll.

In 2015 the Blue Hawks finished with a program record of 44 wins. Coach Fleury led the Blue Hawks to a program best 44-13 record by winning the North Star Athletic Association Conference Tournament and 3rd straight appearance at the NAIA National Tournament. The Blue Hawks went on to win the NAIA Concordia Bracket National Tournament Opening Round and advanced to the 2015 NAIA World Series, finishing 10th in the nation. In 2015 Fleury helped guide six players to North Star All Conference Honors, including senior Regan Lawrence who was named NSAA pitcher of the year and NAIA All-American Honorable Mention.

In 2014 the Blue Hawks finished with a 39-15 record and 2nd straight appearance at the NAIA National Tournament. After an impressive 20-1 record in North Star Athletic Association/ Frontier Conference play, the Blue Hawk won the NSAA/FC conference tournament out right by going 4-0 in the tournament and received an automatic bid to the National Tournament. Fleury coached eight players to the NSAA/FC all-conference team.

The Blue Hawks have had winning seasons in all eight of nine seasons with Coach Fleury.

Under Coach Fleury, the Blue Hawks have reached the NAIA National Softball Tournament times in 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018. The Blue Hawks also have won regular season conference championships in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2016. The Blue Hawks are conference tournament champions in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018

Fleury has accumulated a career record of 247- 105 (.702) at Dickinson State.  In seven years she has coached the Blue Hawks to five 30-plus win seasons.  In 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2010 she received Coach of the Year honors. In 2015 Coach Fleury was named North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Female team Coach of the Year and in 2016 the Blue Hawks were named NDAPSSA Female Team of the Year.

Prior to Fleury's appointment to the head post, she served as an assistant coach of the Blue Hawks for two seasons.

In Fleury's two years as an athlete with the Blue Hawks, she started 90 games at third base. Her .353 career batting average helped DSU to 2007 and 2006 DAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships. Dickinson State were 2007 Region III Champions and finished in the "Elite 8" at NAIA National Tournament. In 2006, the Hawks finished as Region III Runner-Up. Fleury was a First Team All-DAC selection in both 2007 and in 2006.

Prior to Dickinson State, Fleury attended West Valley Junior College in Saratoga California from 2003-05 where she helped the Vikings to a pair of 3rd place finishes in the state championships. In 2005, she was named to the All-Coast Conference Second Team.

A native of San Jose, California, Fleury graduated from Dickinson State in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in University Studies with minors in Coaching and Sociology.

In the spring of 2012, Fleury completed her Masters of Arts in Human Performance and Physical Education with an emphasis in Coaching from Adams State University. Coach Fleury is also the assistant athletic director at Dickinson State University.


TODD JOHNS

Title: Assistant Coach

Coach Johns is entering his fifth season as an assistant coach with the Blue Hawk Softball team. Coach Johns brings over 20 years of coaching experience to the Blue Hawks and has been instrumental in the program’s success. He has coached at all levels, high school, college and ASA Gold. His primary focus is with the hitters and outfielders.

Originally from Visalia, CA Coach John’s and his wife Chris moved to Dickinson in 2014 to be close to their daughters and grandchildren. His daughters Nicole Johns (Kittleson) and Megan Johns (Gietzen) both attended Dickinson State University and currently still live in Dickinson. Nicole played softball for the Blue Hawks and Megan golfed. Johns is a retired police officer who spent 24 years in law enforcement in California and four years in North Dakota.


JANELL LARONT

Title: Assistant Coach

Janell LaRont enters her fourth season as an assistant coach with the Blue Hawk Softball team. Coach LaRont has been with the program for the past eight years, as a player and coach. Coach LaRont has be instrumental in the program’s success. LaRont works with the pitchers and catchers.

As a player LaRont was a four year starter for the Blue Hawks from 2012-2015 as an infielder and pitcher. She helped lead the Blue Hawks to three conference championships, three NAIA National Tournament appearances and one NAIA World Series appearance. She was a four time 1st Team All-Conference selection. LaRont finished her career with an overall .385 batting average, 24 home runs, 15 triples, 45 doubles, 54 stolen bases and 162 RBI’s. On the mound she pitched a career 108.2 innings with a 2.64 ERA. One of her greatest playing moments playing for the Blue Hawks came in 2015 when she hit a walk off grand slam to send the Blue Hawks to the NAIA World Series.

Janell LaRont came to Dickinson State University from San Jose, CA. LaRont attended Valley Christian High School and was a standout athlete there as well. LaRont graduated from Dickinson State University in 2016 with a BA in Exercise Science with minors in coaching and psychology. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sports psychology from Adams State University and will graduate in summer of 2016. She resides in Dickinson with her dog Cali.


BRIANNA GRAYSON

Title: Assistant Coach

Brianna Grayson enters her second season as an assistant coach for the Blue Hawk Softball team. Grayson has been with the program for the past five years, as a player and coach and has be instrumental in the program’s success. Grayson works with the catchers and outfield.

As a player Grayson was a four year starter for the Blue Hawks from 2014-2017 as a catcher and outfielder. She helped lead the Blue Hawks to three conference championships, three NAIA National Tournament appearances and one NAIA World Series appearance. She was a three time 1st Team All-Conference selection and gold glove recipient behind the plate. Grayson finished her career with an overall .365 batting average, 9 home runs, 59 doubles, and 126 RBI’s.

Originally from Willmington, CA Grayson graduated from Dickinson State University in 2017 with a BA in University Studies.