VERMILLION, SD—South Dakota assistant athletic director for sports medicine Colby Kegan is pleased to announce the hiring of Jessie Abbott, Bridget Fenger and Brooke Opdahl as sports coaches.

Abbott, a native of Cedar City, Utah, earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in southern Utah. She was valedictorian of the SUU College of Education and Human Development in 2020. She has spent the past two years working with a variety of Thunderbirds athletic programs. While completing her master’s degree in athletic training, she also worked as an adjunct teacher in southern Utah. Abbott will primarily work with the Coyote track and field and triathlon programs.

Fenger, a native of Tiffin, Iowa, returns to his alma mater after spending the past two years completing his master’s degree in Iowa. She has worked with Hawkeye’s volleyball, basketball and rowing programs for the past two years. She also gained postgraduate experience working at West High School in Iowa City, Iowa, and Coe College in Cedar Rapids. As an undergrad at SHU, she helped with the Coyote football and soccer programs. She graduated from USD in 2020 with her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Sport Management, with a focus on exercise science. Fenger’s main sports will be swimming, diving and triathlon.

Opdahl, a native of Hazel, South Dakota, joins the Coyote Athletic Training Squad full-time this summer. She spent the spring semester gaining clinical experience in the SHU athletic training room and helping the Coyote football and basketball teams. Other clinical experience includes working with the University of Colorado women’s soccer team, the SDSU athletic training department, and several South Dakota clinics. Opdahl earned both his degrees from South Dakota State, earning his bachelor’s degree in exercise science in 2020 and his master’s degree in athletic training in 2022. Opdahl will work with the Coyote football team.