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Hailey Cowles | Assistant Coach

Hailey Cowles is in her fifth year as the assistant coach at South Dakota State. She is the Jackrabbits’ recruiting coordinator and is responsible for their outside hitters and defensive specialists along with coordinating the squad’s travel.  
Prior to joining the SDSU program, Cowles spent two seasons as an 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 U15 and U17 teams, Cowles won a pair of AAU national titles.

A native of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, 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 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 finished her career eighth in career digs (1,286).

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 U17 Junior Nationals in 2006.

A 2007 graduate and four-year letterwinner from Eden Prairie High School, Cowles was named Ms. Minnesota Volleyball, Gatorade Player of the Year 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 a 2005 Star Tribune All-Metro and 2006 Pioneer Press First-Team All-Metro honoree. She is the only Eagle to record over 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs.

The 2011 Minnesota graduate has a degree in business and marketing education.


Darin Weber | Volunteer Coach

Darin Weber joins the Jackrabbits volleyball program as a volunteer coach after previously coaching at South Dakota from 2000-02.

Weber led South Dakota to a 16-17 (6-10 in the North Central Conference) record in 2002, the school's best mark since the 1982 season (17-28-1). During his tenure, Weber resurrected a volleyball program that had won just four matches of its previous 62 matches.

In his first season, Weber guided the Coyotes to a 10-25 (2-16 in the NCC record). During that season, the Coyotes ended a 47-match losing streak in the NCC and won a home conference match for the first time in three years. A year later, the Coyotes were 7-19 (4-14 in the NCC). In 2002, the Coyotes won the most matches in conference play in school history, winning six of 16 league matches. Overall, Weber had a 33-51 mark at USD.

Weber’s squads broke five school records and three season records during his three years. He also had a honorable mention AVCA All-Region selection in Amber Abrams and all-NCC team members, Abrams and Becky Olson.

Prior to South Dakota, Weber was the head volleyball coach at Western State College for five years, registering an 82-73 record. He was named the 1999 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and the 1999 NCAA Division II Southwestern Region Coach of the Year.

Weber’s coaching experience dates to his undergraduate days. His first collegiate coaching position was as a student assistant for the women’s athletic program at Mid Plains Community College in North Platte, Nebraska, from 1989-91. He was an assistant coach for the volleyball and women's basketball teams at Dakota Wesleyan from 1991-93.

Weber graduated from Dakota Wesleyan in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He is currently an agency business consultant for American Family Insurance in Brookings. The 13-year Brookings resident is married to Anita Weber and they have two sons, Reece and Jake, and a daughter, Mackenzie.


Carly Gerving | Graduate Assistant

Carley Gerving joins the Jackrabbits volleyball program as a graduate assistant coach after playing for the Jackrabbits from 2014 to 2015.

The Lead-Deadwood, native finished her career averaging 1.12 kills and 0.31 blocks per set in 55 matches. Gerving was named to the 2015 Summit League Academic Honor Roll and the 2014 Distinguished Scholar on The Summit League Academic Honor Roll. She was also named to The Summit League Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence.

Prior to SDSU, Gerving played at Sheridan College for two seasons. She was a 2013 all-conference selection and was named to the Region IX All-Tournament Team. Gerving also helped lead the team to a 20-win season.

Gerving attended Lead-Deadwood as a junior and Rapid City Stevens, one of the state’s top volleyball programs, as a senior. She helped the team to a 20-5 overall record and a No. 3 South Dakota state ranking in 2010.

Gerving graduated from South Dakota State in 2016 with a degree in health education. She currently pursing a degree in nursing at SDSU and is a nurses aid at Sanford Heart Hospital.