Rilee Dawson was named the new head softball coach in July 2015 after serving eight years as an assistant on the staff.
Dawson, an Eveleth, Minnesota native, worked mainly with the pitchers in her time as an assistant and coached 2013 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Rookie of the Year Rendi Johnson and 2014 UMAC Rookie of the Year of the Chrisi Mizera, who was also named the 2015 UMAC Player of the Year.
Prior to her time as an assistant, Dawson had a successful four-year playing career for the Saints. She was named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Second Team All-American in 2007. That year, she was also named the UMAC Player of the Year and was on the UMAC All-Defensive Team. She was a three-time All-UMAC choice. Dawson holds the NCAA Division III record for consecutive at-bats with a home run at six. She was named to the program's 25th anniversary team in 2008.
"I'm very humbled and excited for the opportunity to continue to build on the success of CSS softball," said Dawson. "This is a role I've been preparing for over the past eight years. Being a head coach at my alma mater makes it even more special. As a player and assistant coach, CSS softball has provided some of the best experiences of my life. My goal is to provide those same experiences for both present and future Saints."
Dawson earned her Bachelor's Degree in Health Science from St. Scholastica in 2006 and later earned her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from the college in 2008. Dawson is a member of the NFCA as a 2-star Master Coach.
Dawson has also been the head coach of the Red Corvettes 16U softball team in the offseason and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.