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COACHING STAFF

Kyle Owens  |  Assistant Coach

Kyle Owens is in his 15th season on the coaching staff at Simpson in 2018. Owens has been an assistant for 14 seasons and served as the interim head coach in 2016. That year, he led Simpson to a 31-11 mark and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament, guiding the Storm to a second-place finish in the Iowa Conference. He moved back into an assistant coaching role with the hiring of Brent Matthias in 2017.

Since joining the staff in 2004, Owens has helped the Storm to five NCAA Tournament appearances and an Iowa Conference title in 2010.

Owens is a long-time travel coach in Central Iowa. Owens-coached teams have won six Iowa State Championships at various age levels - U-10, U-12, U-16, U-18, including a U-16 ASA Northern National Championship in 2005. He's served on the board of the South Des Moines Girls Softball Association and was a founding board member of the Mid Iowa Girls Softball Association (MIGS).

A 1981 Simpson graduate, Owens was a letterwinner on the football team during his career. He and his wife, Pam Feldman Owens '83, have four daughters: Emily, Carlye '09, Annie and Jaycie. Jaycie is a freshman at Simpson in 2015-16.

Owens graduated from Simpson with degrees in economics and business administration. He has served as the Vice President of Investments at Raymond James & Associates for the last 18 years. In 2013, he earned Simpson's Dick Buxton Award for community members who willingly give his or her time and effort in support of athletics at Simpson College.

 

Mickey Moeneck  |  Assistant Coach

A former Division II softball standout, Mickey Moenck is in her second season as an assistant softball coach for the Storm in 2018. She coaches the infielders.

Moenck played collegiately at Augustana (S.D.) as a pitcher and infielder, graduating in 2011. She earned four varsity letters for the Vikings, making 53 appearances in the circle throughout her career. She went 6-1 as a senior in 2011.

Moenck is an elementary teacher in the Carlisle Community School District in Carlisle, Iowa. She is married to Simpson's head cross country coach, Heath Moenck.

 

Jon Nachtical

Coach Nachtigal joins the Simpson College softball program in 2018-19. Jon’s previous coaching experience includes two years as an assistant women’s softball coach at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges. In 2016, Jon helped CMS to their best record in school history at 37-10-1 and a trip to the NCAA tournament. His background includes coaching tournament softball teams in South Dakota for a decade, predominately for the Hartford Sparx. His teams twice made trips to national tournaments. He coached softball at Tea Area High School in Tea, S.D. for five years. He also coached baseball, from youth to the American Legion ranks.

In addition to coaching, Dr. Nachtigal teaches Sport Administration at Simpson College. He received his Ph.D. in Sport Administration from the University of New Mexico, an MBA from Colorado Technical University, and a BA in English from the University of Nebraska. Jon published his dissertation on the effects of handedness on women’s college softball.

Nachtigal is an author of the book Outfielding: An Introduction for Baseball and Softball Coaches. He posts his softball-related research to his site FastpitchAnalytics.com.