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Hailey Cowles | Assistant Coach

Hailey Cowles is in her second year as assistant coach at South Dakota State and is responsible for the Jackrabbits’ outside hitters and defensive specialists along with recruiting and coordinating the squad’s travel. 

Prior to joining the SDSU program, Cowles spent three seasons as assistant coach at Concordia University in St. Paul.

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. In 2013, 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-America 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.

In 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 high school all-American as a senior and to the “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 has a degree in business and marketing education.