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 Coaching Staff

Mike Jewett | Associate Head Coach

Veteran collegiate coach Mike Jewett is in his third season as associate head coach and his fourth season overall with the South Dakota State University women’s basketball coaching staff.

Jewett oversees the team’s recruiting and is responsible for game scheduling, opponent scouting, post play development and team defense.

A Flandreau, S.D. native, he has coached at the collegiate level throughout the Midwest for 20 years. Prior to coaching the Jackrabbits, Jewett served as head coach at Southwest Minnesota State from 2006-10. The Mustangs improved their win total each of his four seasons on the bench, compiling a 15-12 record his final season.

His career record as a head coach stands at 110-85, including a three-year run at Franklin College (Ind.). At Franklin, Jewett guided the Grizzlies to the 2004 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles and a trip to the Division III National Tournament.

Jewett began his coaching career as a student and volunteer assistant at Augustana (S.D.) from 1992-97 where he helped the Vikings to four appearances in the NCAA Division II National Tournament and the NCAA regional in 1992. He was elevated to a full-time assistant in 1997 before moving to Franklin in 2001. Jewett returned to the North Central Conference as an assistant coach as St. Cloud State (Minn.), where he helped guide the Huskies to back-to-back NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearances in 2005 and 2006.

Jewett also served as head girls’ basketball coach at Brandon Valley High School from 1994-97 and was an English teacher at Marshall (Minn.) High School for two years before returning to collegiate coaching.

He and his wife, Michelle, are the parents of three children: Michaela, Kaden and Kate.

 

Katie Falco | Assistant Coach

Katie (Miller) Falco returns for her ninth season as an assistant coach with the South Dakota State University women’s basketball team.

Since joining the SDSU coaching staff in June 2008, Falco has played a key role in the Jackrabbits’ success the past eight seasons—during which the Jackrabbits have qualified for eight postseason appearances, won five Summit League regular-season titles and compiled a 199-70 overall record. Additionally, Falco is responsible for recruiting, opponent scouting, working with perimeter players while also overseeing the team’s individual camps and the team’s offense.

Another primary responsibility with the Jackrabbits is to serve as academic coordinator for the program that has finished in the top three among Division I programs in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for 7? of the past 11 seasons. Additionally, the Jacks led all of women’s basketball in team GPA four times—including three consecutive seasons (2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08)—and again during the 2010-11 campaign.

An assistant coach at Montana State for three seasons, Falco was part of a dramatic rebuilding process directed by head coach Tricia Binford. The Bobcats won only three games during the 2005-06 season but improved to 13-16 in 2006-07. MSU continued its upward swing in 2007-08, posting an 18-13 overall record and reaching the Big Sky Conference championship game.

A native of Solon, Iowa, Falco was a standout player at Northern Iowa, ending her career fifth on the career scoring charts with 1,343 points. A first-team all-Missouri Valley Conference performer in 2003, she finished second in the league with 18.2 points per game in leading the Panthers to their second Women’s NIT appearance in three years. She also set a UNI record for career free-throw percentage at 82.4 percent, making an MVC-record 53 consecutive free throws as a freshman.

Falco also excelled in the classroom, earning Verizon Academic All-America honors in 2003 while completing a bachelor of arts degree in sports psychology. She pursued a master’s degree in physical education at Utah State, where she served two years as graduate assistant for an Aggie women’s basketball team that was reinstated following a 16-year hiatus.

She and her husband, David, are the parents of a Dominic, Jillian and Sullivan.

 

Haylie Linn | Assistant Coach

Haylie Linn is in her second season as assistant coach and third season overall as a member of the Jackrabbit women’s basketball coaching staff. She served as the Director of Basketball Opertations during the 2014-15 season, and was elevated to a full-time position in August 2015.

Linn is responsible for recruiting and scouting, and works with the Jackrabbits point guards, team defense and runs the Jackrabbits’ team camps.

Prior to SDSU, Linn was a graduate assistant for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women’s basketball program, assisting with recruiting, scouting, practice and game planning, video, summer camps and assumed the interim director of operations role in spring 2014.

The Madison, Wis., native, Linn transferred after her sophomore season at Indiana and played two years collegiately at the University of Toledo where she was an Academic All-MAC Team recipient and earned the 2011-12 Roy & Gail Hummel Scholarship, awarded each year to women’s basketball player with the highest GPA.

As a senior for the Rockets, Linn appeared in all 34 games, making 29 starts at guard.
She also participated in Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s “So You Want To Be A Coach” program in conjunction with 2012 NCAA Women's Final Four in Denver, Colo.

Linn earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting at the University of Toledo in 2010, and completed a master’s degree in business administration in 2012.

 

Abby Oakland | Director of Operations

Abbey Oakland is her first season as the Jackrabbits’ Director of Basketball Operations.

Oakland coordinates the team’s travel, life skills and scheduling, while assisting with recruiting, scouting and working with the sports information and marketing/promotion offices.

The Fulda, Minn., native comes to SDSU after spending three seasons with Southwest Minnesota State University where she helped with recruiting, player development, alumni relations and summer camps.

Prior to SMSU, Oakland spent the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Bemidji State University, helping lead the Beavers to an 11-16 record. She also recruited and signed the 2015 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Freshman of the Year.

Oakland spent the 2011-12 season as the assistant women’s basketball coach and head junior varsity coach at Central College in Pella, Iowa. She began her coaching career in 2009, spending two seasons (2009-11) as a graduate assistant at Northern State University.

Oakland competed on both the women’s basketball and golf teams at SMSU (2005-09), earning Academic All-NSIC honors three times in both sports.

On the court, she played in 114 games, starting 103, and scored 689 points and dished 330 assists, which ranked seventh in school history. Oakland finished her career shooting a school record 85.6 percent (125 of 146) from the free-throw line, while her 96 career 3-pointers ranked tied for ninth in program history.

On the golf course, Oakland helped lead SMSU to two NCAA Tournament appearances, while earning All-NSIC honors three times. She finished her career with an 82.6 stroke average, ranking eighth in program history.

Oakland is a 2009 graduate of SMSU in sports management, while earning her master’s degree from Northern State in 2011 with a degree in education.