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April 8, 2010
Chris Hmielewski

Hello Mustang fans!

Wednesday, we announced Allison Kruger will be the seventh Mustang head women's basketball coach at Southwest Minnesota State University. I am excited about the energy and passion Allison will bring to our program. Allison was on campus Wednesday afternoon to meet with our current players and staff members as she prepares to join the Mustang family full-time next week.

I would like to thank all the SMSU staff and community members who participated in the search process. All of our candidates were impressed with the people they were able to meet and spend time with while interviewing in Marshall.

The SMSU tennis team (5-7, 3-4 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) will host Minnesota-Morris in its 2010 home opener Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Legion Field. The Mustangs will then travel to St. Benedict's on Saturday for an 11 a.m. match. The team will finish out the weekend in Sartell for an NSIC matchup against Minnesota-Duluth at 10:30 a.m.

The Mustang softball team (9-10, 2-2 NSIC) split a doubleheader Wednesday versus Concordia, St. Paul winning 11-6 in game one while the Mustangs fell in game two 8-6. SMSU continues its eight-game homestand this weekend, hosting Northern State on Saturday at 2 p.m. and the University of Mary on Sunday at noon.

The SMSU baseball team (9-11, 5-5 NSIC) also split a doubleheader Wednesday versus Bemidji State (12-19, 3-11 NSIC) at Legion Field. The Mustangs lost Game 1 8-4 and Adam Schrader threw his second shutout of the season to lead his team to an 8-0 victory in the second game. The Mustangs will head to the road this weekend for a four-game series at Minnesota, Crookston starting on Saturday at noon.

The SMSU women's golf team will return to action on Saturday and Sunday, competing at the Augustana Invite at Prairie Green Golf Club in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Mustangs are coming off a successful finish at the Wayne State Spring Invite where they took second place.

Good luck to our Mustang teams this weekend. Go Mustangs!

n Congratulations to Neil Kruse, an SMSU alum, who provided the correct answer to the last Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: What SMSU head baseball coach has coached in the most games for the Mustangs in his tenure?

Former head coach Jim Denevan coached in 797 games at SMSU, compiling a 347-449-1 record during his tenure. Current head coach Paul Blanchard has coached in 616 games at SMSU with a 359-256-1 overall record.

Hoofprints Trivia Question

What head softball coach has coached in the most games for the Mustangs?

The first person to email me at with the correct answer to this question will receive an SMSU Ag Bowl t-shirt. The winner will be announced on The Saturday Morning Mustang Show between 9-10 a.m. on 1400AM each week.



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