Shannon Pivovar | Assistant Coach
Shannon Pivovar joined the Jackrabbit softball staff in August of 2014 after working for one season as a graduate assistant at Wayne State College for current SDSU head coach Krista Wood.
A native of Ralston, Neb., Pivovar graduated from Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo., after a standout playing career with the Griffon softball team. A four-year starter in the middle infield, she earned All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association honors three times, adding All-North Central Region honors in 2008. She also helped lead Missouri Western to a pair of NCAA Tournaments.
The 2010 Missouri Western Female Athlete of the Year, Pivovar ranks in the top-10 in six career categories at MWSU, including; games played, hits and runs batted in. She also ranks in the top-10 in home runs, walks and total bases in a single season.
Pivovar also excelled in the classroom, earning All-MIAA academic honors three times, finishing her Griffon career with a 3.80 grade point average. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in sports management, with a minor in business.
In addition to her work on the field and in the classroom, Pivovar also served on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee throughout college as president, vice-president and secretary, and also worked for the Missouri Western sports information department helping with football, women's soccer and men's and women's basketball.
After her time at Missouri Western, Pivovar moved on to Creighton where she worked as a sports information intern for two years before landing a full-time position as the assistant sports information director in 2012-13.
Kristi Villar | Assistant Coach
Kristi Villar joined the Jackrabbit softball staff in July 2017 as assistant softball coach, bringing more than nine years of collegiate coaching experience to the program.
Villar spent the last seven years at Northern State (2010-17), where she won over 160 games while building a program that had previously never won more than 20 games before her arrival. The Oakdale, Minnesota native won 20 or more games four times, and helped the team to its first 30-win season while earning 2015 NSIC Coach of the Year honors.
While at Northern, she worked with the program's first All-Region pick, five All-Conference selections, five gold glove winners and an NSIC Newcomer of the Year.
Outside of the lines, Villar took an active role in improving the team's academic performances, raising the team grade point average by a full point (to a 3.8 in 2016-17) over her seven years while grooming 58 Academic All-League awardees. Her team's GPA has ranked in the top five of NCAA Division II the last four years as well.
Prior to NSU, she worked for two seasons (2007-09) as a graduate assistant coach at Southwest Minnesota State, where she helped the Mustangs to consecutive NSIC championships and worked with one All-American, three All-Region players and seven All-NSIC picks.
Villar taught and coached at Lennox High School during the 2009-10 academic year, assisting the girls' basketball and softball squads.
A standout shortstop at Augustana College, Villar played under NFCA Hall of Fame coach Sandy Jerstad for one season before continuing her stellar play under a new staff. She earned All-North Central Conference honors four times in her career and led the team in hitting as a junior and senior. She was the NCC Freshman of the Year in 2003 and was a two-time All-Region performer. In her final season, she led the team to the NCC Conference Championship and an NCAA Tournament berth.
Villar earned her bachelor of arts in mathematics from Augustana in 2006, and a master's degree in educational leadership from SMSU in 2010.