link to Bismarck Public School District
Century High School CHS
 - link home CHS
 - link home
Announcements Staff Powerschool Library Calendar


Printer Friendly Page
you are here:   CHS  >>  Athletics  >>  Softball  >>  Patriots Coaching Staff

Patriots Coaching Staff

Kevin Ziegler
Head Varsity Coach

Kevin Ziegler-Head Coach-7th Season

Kevin Ziegler returns for his seventh year as the head coach of Bismarck Softball. For the first 2 years he coached the Bismarck Sparks, a team made up of athletes from the Bismarck area. Since then, the Sparks have divided into the two schools in town and this is his second year as head coach of the Century High Patriots. Previously, he spent six years as an assistant baseball coach and eleven years as an assistant girls basketball coach with the Century High School Patriots. Before this, he has been at Columbus, Towner and Wahpeton, ND coaching track, football and basketball and teaching science. He has taught chemistry at Century High School for the past 12 years. Kevin and his wife, Cecilia have 1 child; Nathaniel. To contact Coach Ziegler, send e-mail to

Assistant Head Coach

Brian Neuhardt-Assistant Coach-7th Season

Coach Brian Neuhardt returns for his 7th season as assistant varsity coach for Patriot softball. For the first 2 years he coached the Bismarck Sparks, a team made up of athletes from the Bismarck area. Since then, the Sparks have divided into the two schools in town and this is his second year as assistant coach of the Century High Patriots. Previously Coach Neuhardt served as head coach for the first two years of the Bismarck High School Softball club from 2007-2008. He's the founder and former President of Bismarck Youth Fast pitch Softball Association which was established in 2007. While attending college at Valley City State, he was the assistant softball coach for 2 years. He then went on to coach assistant coach at the University of Mary for their 1st two seasons. Also, NDASA JO Commission since 2012. Coach Neuhardt is a self made pitcher, played 17 seasons of softball, participated in 12 regional's and 4 National Class A tournaments.

Assistant Varsity Coach

Steve Chuppe-Assistant Varsity Coach- 1st Season

Coach Chuppe brings baseball and fastpitch coaching experience to his first year as CHS assistant varsity coach. From 2003-10, his Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken baseball teams won 4 state titles and 3 2nd place finishes. In 2004, the 13-year-old Babe Ruth team won the Midwest Plains Regional title and and finished third place in the Babe Ruth World Series.
He started coaching fastpitch in 2011. From 2011-2014, his teams won three state titles, with his 2014 team finishing third in the 16U Nationals tournament.
Coach Chuppe is also a chiropractor who works with emphasis on sports injuries. Steve and his wife, Deb, have four children, Sarah, Alexis, Matt, and Maya.

Katie Lee
Head JV Coach

Katie Lee-Head JV Coach-5th Season

Coach Lee is in her fifth season of coaching JV softball at Century. Previous to coaching CHS softball Lee was Assistant Varsity coach at Skyview High School in Denver, Colorado from 2007-2010. Previous to coaching Lee was a member of the Salt Lake Community College softball team from 2001-2003 and a member of the University of Illinois-Springfield team from 2003-2005. Lee played the position of pitcher in college and had a beautiful knuckle ball. Coach Lee is a native of California and competed in fastpitch travel ball tournaments around the US. She has her Master's in Social Work. Coach Lee and her husband, Mike, who is a North Dakota native, were married in June 2011. Katie and her husband, Mike have 1 child;Kallie. She enjoys the outdoors, Colorado Rockies baseball team, Illini football games, Chicago Blackhawks,snowboarding, slow-pitch softball, traveling, hockey and cooking.

Assistant JV Coach

Jennifer Phillips-Assistant JV Coach-2nd Season

Coach Phillips is in her 2nd season as an assistant JV coach at Century. Previous to this position she has been in the education field for 5 years and has coached other sports in the Bismarck area. As a Bismarck native, Coach Phillips grew up watching her father play softball and also started playing herself at a very young age and still continues to play. Jen is a graduate of Bismarck High School, has earned her degree in Education through Minnesota State University Moorhead, and has earned her Master's in Education through UND. Jen and her husband, Kenny, were married in July 2012 and have one child; Brooklyn. She enjoys the outdoors, various kinds of sports, traveling, and being with family.

Assistant JV Coach

Troy Nelson-Assistant JV Coach- 1st Season

Played men's fastpitch softball from 1986-1998. Won the JO 18u State Tournament in 1986 and went to the Regional Tournament. Played in 1 A National Tournament. Coach Troy coached Bismarck Youth Fastpitch for 6 years winning 2 State Championships. Troy and his wife, Loraine have two children, Emily and Carly.

Bismarck Public Schools - link to district home