SAUGET, Ill. - Former Southeast Missouri baseball student-athletes Dan Holst and Brian Lees have signed to play for the Gateway Grizzlies in Sauget, Illinois.
The Grizzlies, an independent organization, play out of the Frontier League. The pair joined the team on Sunday, June 25 and played that evening against the Florence Freedom.
Outfielder Holst finished his senior season with the Redhawks earning First Team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors while Lees, a catcher, was named to the Second Team.
Holst, a St. Louis native, put together a stellar senior season finishing as one of Southeast's top hitters with a .375 batting average. He started all 55 games in centerfield while scattering 78 hits, knocking 10 home runs, 13 doubles, and driving in 55 runs to contribute to a .601 slugging percentage. He drew 49 walks to finish the season with a .509 on base percentage. On the base paths, he stole a team-leading 13 bags this season. In his position, Holst committed just two errors in center for a .989 fielding percentage. He concluded his career with a 43-game on base streak with a 12-game hitting streak.
Lees made 50 starts behind the plate for SEMO during his senior campaign. He hit .326 with 61 hits, four home runs, and a team-leading 18 doubles. He drove in 37 runners in 2017. From behind the plate, he threw 13 runners out attempting to steal.
Phil Warren, manager of the Grizzlies, is a SEMO baseball alum (1997-2000). Assistant coach Darin Kinsolving (1997-2000) is also an alum. Kinsolving was a 2000 First Team All-OVC performer.


MSU Lady Bears Add Houts, Stewart to Support Positions

SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State University announced Monday (June 26) that a pair of open positions with its women’s basketball program have been filled. Ashley Houts is the Lady Bears’ new Director of Operations, and Kristian Stewart joins the MSU Athletics staff as an assistant athletic trainer.

Among her duties as director of operations, Houts will oversee Missouri State’s film exchange and equipment operations, coordinates team travel arrangements and operates Lady Bear basketball camps.

“We are very excited and fortunate to have Ashley Houts joining our staff,” MSU head coach Kellie Harper said. “Her playing experience and knowledge of the game will be valuable assets to our staff. Ashley’s work ethic and outgoing personality will provide positive examples for our players. We will also miss Matt Bolger and wish him well. He has been terrific and we appreciate all he has done for our program this past year.”

Houts was a four-year standout at Georgia, starting 130 career games and playing in four NCAA Tournaments during her time in Athens. She finished her Bulldogs playing career with 1,514 points, 565 assists, 319 steals and 398 rebounds, earning first-team all-SEC honors and All-America nods from two publications as a senior, second-team all-conference accolades as a junior and sophomore, and SEC Freshman of the Year laurels in 2007.

A native of Trenton, Ga., Houts represented the United States internationally at the 2007 U21 World Championships and 2009 World University Games, and was drafted 16th overall by the New York Liberty in the 2010 WNBA Draft. Houts played with the Washington Mystics of the WNBA in 2010, and spent each winter through the 2016-17 season playing professionally in Israel, France and Spain

Houts graduated from Georgia in 2010 with a degree in recreational and leisure studies.

Stewart took over the athletic training duties for Lady Bears in July as a new assistant for MSU Athletic Medical and Rehabilitation Services. The Bolivar, Mo., native has served as the head athletic trainer at Coffeyville Community College since 2015. At Coffeyville, her duties included the overall administration and supervision of the athletic training department and facilities while working with all Red Ravens’ athletic teams.

Prior to her stint at Coffeyville CC, Stewart worked with her alma mater Southwest Baptist University’s women’s volleyball and baseball teams. Stewart completed her M.S in Athletic Training at Missouri State in 2014 while assisting with the development of the new entry level Master’s program, and earned her undergraduate degree from SBU in 2012. She is a NATA BOC certified athletic trainer and member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. 

Houts is slated to begin her duties on June 26, and Stewart will start July 5. Both hires are contingent upon final approval by the Missouri State University Board of Governors at its next scheduled meet.