Blackney comes to Southern after two seasons with Division I George Washington University. n 2018, Blackney helped guide the program to a record 33 wins and a return to the A-10 Championship behind a nationally ranked offense that averaged more than six runs per game. The Colonials set new program bests for batting average (.328), on-base percentage (.394), slugging percentage (.493), hits (493), runs (331), home runs (42), total bases (741), steals (108) and more.
Thanks to that impressive production, GW equaled a program record with its six A-10 postseason honorees.
In her first season in 2017, Blackney helped GW to a then-record 28 victories, including 11 in A-10 play. The Colonials set program records for hits (426), batting average (.302), RBI (243), extra-base hits (125), total bases (626), slugging percentage (.444), fewest strikeouts (201) and best fielding percentage (.964).
Blackney joined the Colonials after serving as assistant coach at the University of South Dakota for three seasons. Blackney coached 15 All-Summit League selections, three NFCA All-Region honorees and one academic All-American for the Coyotes.
Blackney helped South Dakota amass 72 wins during her tenure and worked primarily with the hitters, leading the squad to a Summit League-record 77 home runs in 2015, ranking 17th nationally.
Prior to her stint at South Dakota, Blackney helped the Fort Wayne Mastodons in Indiana claim a Summit League Tournament Title to earn a trip to NCAA Regionals during her two years as assistant coach.
Blackney began her Division I coaching experience at Southeast Missouri State University during the 2011-12 season. She is a 2008 graduate of Truman State University where she was an All-MIAA utility player. She served as a graduate assistant coach at Division II Bemidji State University from 2009-11.
Jakki Schneider was named an assistant coach with the Missouri Southern Softball program on November 14, 2018.
Prior to Southern, Schneider spent two seasons as the head softball coach at Joplin High School. Prior to that, she was a member of the coaching staff at Kickapoo High School, serving as a pitching coach, while also serving as a JV coach.
Schneider also served as a student assistant coach at her alma mater, Central Missouri for one season.
A native of Nixa, Mo., Schneider graduated from Nixa High School, before going on to star at the University of Central Missouri. She holds 28 career and season records at Central, including games played, at bats, batting average, runs scored, hits, doubles, home runs, total bases, RBIs, slugging percentage, appearances, games started, innings pitched, walks, strikeouts, strikeouts per seven innings, and wins.
She was a three-time All-MIAA performer for the Jennies, while also picking up All-Region honors as a senior. She was named the Dr. Peggy Martin Award Winner as the top senior female student-athlete at Central Missouri. She helped the Jennies to a 49-16 record as a senior, including an MIAA Title, the Central Region Title and a trip to the Division II World Series.