Colleges – South Dakota

Rogers leads the Summit in Home Runs

Rogers leads the Summit in Home Runs

VERMILLION, SD…With a bat in her hands during Coyote softball games, Jessica Rogers checks all the boxes. Jessica Rogers, USD Junior Catcher:”I try not to think about the past at-bats during the game. I just try to go in with a new mind-set thinking like okay, I still have to go in and do my job…” It was the mental…

Bison Sweep Coyotes

USD Fails To Score In Three Game Series After Dropping Finale 2-0

VERMILLION, S.D.—Jacquelyn Sertic tossed a four-hit shutout and Zoe Stavrou was 4-for-4 with a home run in leading North Dakota State to a 2-0 win against South Dakota Sunday in the final game of a three-game series at Nygaard Field. The Bison (25-14, 5-2 Summit), behind Sertic and Saturday’s game two starter KK Leddy, did not permit a run in…

Bison Blank Coyotes In Softball Doubleheader

USD Loses 1-0 & 5-0

VERMILLION, S.D.—North Dakota State pitchers Jacquelyn Sertic and KK Leddy turned in equally dominant performances in leading the Bison to a pair of shutout victories Saturday at Nygaard Field. Scores went 1-0 in eight innings and 5-0.   Both pitchers allowed three hits in their complete-game efforts. Sertic (18-7) struck out 12 in outdueling Coyote hurler Alexis Devers in game…

Allen’s Jaw Dropping Snag Highlights USD Spring Game

Coyotes Open 2018 Season At Kansas State September 1st

VERMILLION, S.D.—If you are a fan of big plays in the passing game, then you enjoyed the annual South Dakota Spring Game held Friday evening inside the DakotaDome.   Austin Simmons completed 11 of 17 throws for 254 yards, Dakarai Allen made a SportsCenter Top 10-worth catch and the Coyote offense overtook the defense to earn a 33-27 win.  …

USD Gives Dawn Plitzuweit Three-Year Contract Extension

52-16 In Two Seasons As Women's Basketball Head Coach

VERMILLION, S.D.—University of South Dakota director of athletics David Herbster announced Friday a three-year contract extension for head women’s basketball coach Dawn Plitzuweit through the 2020-21 season.   Plitzuweit led the Coyotes to an undefeated Summit League regular season title in her second season at the helm. The Coyotes advanced to their second-straight Women’s National Invitation Tournament and reached the…

Nielson Gets Contract Extension From USD

Nielson Gets Contract Extension From USD

VERMILLION, S.D.—University of South Dakota head football coach Bob Nielson has inked a contract extension thru the 2020-21 academic year athletic director David Herbster announced Thursday. Nielson completed his second season with the team this past fall, leading the Coyotes to eight wins, a top-five national ranking, and their first trip to the FCS playoffs. “Winning championships is a process,…

Matt Mooney Leaving USD

Has Yet To Decide Where He Will Play His Final Season

VERMILLION, S.D.  —  After nearly two weeks of speculation since announcing that he was considering his transfer options, USD guard Matt Mooney made official what many expected on Sunday afternoon. The Coyotes leading scorer and All-Summit League guard will not return to Vermillion next season. Calling it the hardest decision of his life, Mooney took to Twitter to thank coaches,…

Coyotes Crush Jackrabbits On Tennis Court

USD Drops SDSU 7-0

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—The South Dakota tennis team claimed its third Summit League victory after defeating the South Dakota State Jackrabbits in a clean sweep 7-0 Friday afternoon at Huether Family Match Pointe. The win gives USD a 9-8 lead over SDSU in the South Dakota Showdown Series.   “It’s a great day anytime you beat your rival,” USD tennis coach…

Coyote Men To Play At Kansas Next Year

USD Visits Phog Allen Fieldhouse On December 18th

VERMILLION, S.D. – South Dakota men’s basketball coach Todd Lee announced today that the Coyotes will play the Kansas Jayhawks inside Allen Fieldhouse on Dec. 18 in Lawrence, Kansas. It will be the first meeting between the programs.   “Kansas is one of the premier programs in the country and Allen Fieldhouse is one of the most legendary places to…

2017-18 Winter Sports Plays Of The Year

The Best Sights, Sounds & Moments From An Historic Season

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  —  Despite today’s evidence to the contrary, one of the best winter sports seasons in state history has come to a close. From national to state champions, rivalries and buzzer beaters, there was plenty of action to fire up cold nights.  We look back at some of the best sights, sounds and moments with our annual winter sports…

SDSU Softball Slams USD In Rubber Game

Improved Jackrabbits Win 7-0 To Take Two Of Three From Coyotes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota State took advantage of two big innings to claim a 7-0 victory over South Dakota in Saturday’s series finale at Bowden Field. The Jackrabbits (23-11, 4-2 Summit League) racked up seven hits in the game, led by Brittney Morse’s 2-for-3 effort that included a three-run home run and five RBIs. Abbey Murphy was 2-for-4 with a…

Todd Lee Era Begins For Coyote Men’s Basketball

18th Head Coach In USD History Introduced

VERMILLION, S.D.  —  The last time the South Dakota men’s basketball team hired a new coach they were at the bottom of the Summit League. Four years later Todd Lee will look to build on a program that was one win away from the NCAA Tournament last season. USD officially introduced the 18th head coach in Coyote men’s basketball history…

New USD Coach Hopeful, But Ready, If Mooney Transfers As Suitors Line Up

Interest High In Coyote Star

VERMILLION, S.D.  —  Perhaps the biggest thing on new USD men’s basketball coach Todd Lee’s plate immediately is trying to keep leading scorer Matt Mooney in Vermillion. Yesterday Mooney tweeted out that he had been granted his release by the school and was exploring his options as a graduate transfer, with the ability to go anywhere and play immediately. I…

Mooney Gets Release from USD

Mooney Gets Release from USD

VERMILLION, SD… Friday the new USD men’s basketball coach Todd Lee will be introduced to Coyote faithful and the media in Vermillion. But the Huron native could possibly be without the star of USD’s team the last two years and arguably the 2nd best player in the Summit League. Thursday Matt Mooney was granted a release from his scholarship so…

Todd Lee Named Men’s Basketball Coach for USD

Todd Lee Named Men's Basketball Coach for USD

VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota alum Todd Lee, who has garnered a national title and multiple championships throughout a prestigious coaching career, is returning to Vermillion to lead the Coyotes’ men’s basketball program athletic director David Herbster announced Wednesday. Lee will be formally introduced at a press conference at 1 p.m. Friday in the DakotaDome Club on the…

Big Day for Rogers, But Coyotes Swept by WIU

Big Day for Rogers, But Coyotes Swept by WIU

VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota blasted six home runs Friday, but it was 25 hits from Western Illinois that scored the Leathernecks a doubleheader sweep at Nygaard Field. Western Illinois won by scores of 5-3 and 7-4. It was the first Summit games for the Leathernecks (9-22, 2-0 Summit) who are picked to finish second behind favored North Dakota State. South Dakota…

Plitzuweit Proud of Team’s Selfless Attitude

Plitzuweit Proud of Team's Selfless Attitude

VERMILLION, SD… The USD women’s basketball team lost Sunday night to TCU 79-71 in the 4th round of the WNIT. But no-one is prouder of the team than head coach Dawn Plitzuweit who saw her team go unbeaten in 14 Summit League games only to lose in the conference tournament title game to SDSU. But just like 2 years ago,…

Herbster Knows Program In Great Place Because of Smith

Herbster Knows Program In Great Place Because of Smith

VERMILLION, SD… Coyotes faithful were certainly disappointed with the news that Men’s Basketball Coach Craig Smith was leaving after just 4 years for Utah State. But Athletic Director David Herbster knows the program is in a much better place because of Smith and the new facilities where the team plays. As a result, it makes the job far more desirable….

Miles, Gottsleben Honored by Drake Relays

Miles, Gottsleben Honored by Drake Relays

DES MOINES, Iowa—Longtime South Dakota track and field coach Dave Gottsleben, along with Olympic bronze medalist and Coyote alumnus Derek Miles will be inducted to the Drake Relays Hall of Fame on Thursday, April 26. Miles will join the Drake Relays Athletes Hall of Fame while Gottsleben will be inducted to the Drake Relays Coaches Hall of Fame. Gottsleben retired…

Craig Smith Moves on to Utah State

Craig Smith Moves on to Utah State

VERMILLION, S.D. – South Dakota head men’s basketball Craig Smith has accepted the same position at the Mountain West Conference’s Utah State. Smith spent four seasons with South Dakota tallying a 79-55 record, including a Division I-era record 26 wins this season. The Coyotes captured the 2016-17 Summit League Regular Season Championship and have played in the postseason in each…