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TABLE OF CONTENTS A Letter from David Herbster............................1 Inspiring Victories.............................................2 Inspiring Achievements..................................10 Inspiring Moments..........................................16 Inspiring Legacies..........................................22 Inspiring Vision...............................................25 Mission Statement..........................................34

The 2015-16 University of South Dakota Athletics Annual Report is published by the USD Athletics Department. The publication was written and edited by Bryan Boettcher and Britni Waller. Design by Britni Waller. Principal photography by Aaron Packard, Dave Eggen, Peter Chapman and Thomas Hatzenbuhler. USD Athletics Department DakotaDome 1101 N. Dakota Street Vermillion, SD 57069



- South Dakota Director of Athletics David Herbster

FIGHT SOUTH DAKOTA! In a year filled with lasting memories, perhaps none was more picture perfect than when our women’s basketball team celebrated its WNIT championship on its home floor in what was truly the final Coyote basketball game played inside the DakotaDome. The crescendo of the team’s run through the tournament went hand-in-hand with the support from the community until the hardwood was flooded with USD players, students and fans celebrating a job well done. The tournament was six games, five at home, including a sold-out DakotaDome crowd of more than 7,000 that watched South Dakota beat Florida Gulf Coast in a nationally-televised game. I couldn’t think of a better way to lead us into the future where a state-of-the-art facility in the Sanford Coyote Sports Center awaits. In many ways, the future has already arrived to USD. We christened the Lillibridge Track Complex this spring and hosted the Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Championships in mid-May. The Coyotes won 12 Summit titles during the three-day event. Next to Lillibridge Track sits two new soccer fields – one a competition field of AstroTurf and another made of natural grass. Our soccer players have already begun breaking in the nets at the First Bank & Trust Soccer Complex. Joe Glenn retired at the end of the fall season, but not before beating defending national champion North Dakota State in Fargo 24-21. The win ended the Bison’s 26-game home winning streak in MVFC play. Glenn went on to earn his 200th coaching victory by beating Southern Illinois inside the DakotaDome. He’s only the 76th coach in NCAA history to reach the milestone.

season crown. The Yotes were 15-1 in Summit play and finished with a 32-6 mark including WNIT wins against Minnesota, UNI and Oregon. Summit MVP Nicole Seekamp and point guard Tia Hemiller led the way for one of the most successful seasons in program history. Bob Nielson now leads the football program while Dawn Plitzuweit heads women’s basketball. Nielson is a three-time national coach of the year recipient who led Western Illinois to the playoffs last season. Plitzuweit, who has spent the last four seasons at Northern Kentucky, led Grand Valley State to a national title and has served as an assistant at Michigan Tech, Green Bay and Michigan. Those are just a few of the highlights found throughout this year’s annual report, but let me provide you with a few more. We saw 75 studentathletes earn their degrees during the 2015-16 academic year. These students and their teammates combined to earn a 3.27 grade point average in the classroom for the 2015-16 academic year. Nearly 70 percent of USD student-athletes currently carry a 3.0 GPA or higher. All of this would not be possible without the tireless efforts of a firstclass group of coaches and staff. The Howling Pack continues to raise the bar and provide resources to ensure our success and Coyote Sports Properties has broadened our reach in the state and the region. The administration and faculty of USD are second to none and have positioned not only athletics, but also the University for long-term success. With the opening of the new facilities, the next chapter of Coyote athletics begins.

Amy Williams returned to Nebraska, her alma mater, but not before winning South Dakota’s second consecutive Summit League regular 2015-16 ANNUAL REPORT




South Dakota captured its first-ever Dr. Helen Smiley Standings for the 2015-16 Commissioner’s Cup and Women’s All-Sports Award following the conclusion the Dr. Helen Smiley Women’s All-Sports Awards can of the 2015-16 academic year. The Coyotes bested be found below. the Summit League on the women’s side with 59.5 points. Summit League Commissioner’s Cup Women’s basketball and women’s cross country each defended their Summit League titles to lead Coyote sports in 2015-16. The Coyote women’s basketball team went on to win the Summit League’s first-ever national title, in any sport, as they were crowned champions of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. The Coyotes finished runner-up in Summit League standings for women’s indoor and outdoor track & field, while also tying for second in women’s tennis. Women’s swimming & diving placed third. Women’s soccer and softball each took fourth. Women’s golf and volleyball were both tied for fifth in league standings. South Dakota also finished third in the Summit League Commissioner’s Cup, which combines the women’s and men’s team finishes across all sports. The men’s award is named for former Valparaiso Director of Athletics Dr. Williams Steinbrecher, who guided the Crusaders from 1979-2004, while the women’s award is named for former Western Illinois Director of Athletics Dr. Helen Smiley, who headed WIU’s athletic program from 1994-2001. 2


1. South Dakota State 2. North Dakota State 3. South Dakota 4. Oral Roberts 5. IUPUI 6. Omaha 7. Denver 8. Western Illinois 9. Fort Wayne

98.5 79.5 75.5 71.5 67.5 66.5 62.0 42.0 41.0

Dr. Helen Smiley Women’s All-Sports 1. South Dakota 2. South Dakota State 3. North Dakota State 4. Oral Roberts 5. Omaha 6. Denver 7. IUPUI 8. Western Illinois 9. Fort Wayne

59.5 58.0 51.5 40.0 39.0 38.5 37.5 24.0 18.0





A CHAMPIONSHIP SENDOFF There were six “final” games played on the DakotaDome hardwood and the crescendo of each crowd grew louder and louder until the final horn sounded in South Dakota’s 71-65 win against Florida Gulf Coast in the championship game of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament on April 2. It marked the first postseason national title for South Dakota women’s basketball, and is the first national title garnered by any Summit League team, men or women, in any sport. A sold-out crowd of 7,415 witnessed the championship game, which was televised nationally by CBS Sports Network. The Coyotes hosted five of the six WNIT games en route to the title and nearly 20,000 fans flocked to the DakotaDome during the run. The scheduled final game for the women was played Feb. 20 when the Coyotes beat South Dakota State 80-75 in front of 3,600 on Senior Day, a win that all but guaranteed the team’s second consecutive Summit League regular season title. The Coyotes had beaten the Jacks in Brookings back in mid-January and entered the Summit League Tournament on a 14-game win streak. USD and SDSU met in the Summit’s title game in Sioux Falls for the second consecutive season, and like the previous year, it was the Jacks advancing, sending them to the NCAA tournament and USD to the WNIT.

Amy Williams

2015-16 Summit League Coach of the Year



Nicole Seekamp

2015-16 Summit League Player of the Year

“There’s no doubt losing at the tournament was a disappointment,” South Dakota head coach Amy Williams said. “It was our number one goal, and we fell short of it.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL “The best thing about this program, and the one indicator to me as to why they are going to be successful after basketball, is their uncanny ability to deal with a disappointment, shelf it and then refocus on new goals quickly. People who can do that in life, as well as teams who can do that in basketball, are the ones who can keep moving forward. I’m proud of our team for being able to do that.”

Tia Hemiller It was a seasoned coach with an experienced senior class that served as the program’s catalyst for its unprecedented postseason run. The team’s leader was do-everything guard Nicole Seekamp, who was granted a fourth year of eligibility by the NCAA and ran with it. She was named Summit League Player of the Year and MVP of the WNIT. She finished second on USD career lists for points (2,056), assists (628) and steals (265), and broke Summit records for career and single-season assists (232). Seekamp averaged a team-high 15.9 points per Kelly Stewart game.

Senior | Watertown, S.D.

Senior | Amery, Wis.

Point guard Tia Hemiller, another all-Summit pick, was the Coyotes’ second-leading scorer and top rebounder. She scored a career-high 22 points in the championship game against Florida Gulf Coast to earn a spot on the WNIT all-tournament team and made her 1,000th collegiate point on the road to the final. Hemiller was one of two Coyotes singled out by ESPN’s SportsCenter top plays during the WNIT Caitlin Duffy run, when her one-handed heave from near mid-

Junior | Rapid City, S.D.

court against Oregon in the semifinals splashed through the net. The shot reached number one on the top-10 ranking. Jasmine Trimboli made SportsCenter’s list earlier in the week when she hit a three-quarter shot at the end of the first quarter in the Coyotes’ quarterfinal win against Western Kentucky. South Dakota won 22 if its final 23 games to finish with a 32-6 record. The Coyotes set program records for points, rebounds and assists, and were the 12th-highest scoring team in the nation at 78 points per game. The team’s average win was by 18 points. South Dakota’s women’s basketball program won 377 games inside the DakotaDome spanning 37 seasons against 148 defeats. In four seasons under Williams, the team went 50-8. Its one DakotaDome defeat in the last two years came against Washington just before the holiday break. The Huskies, by the way, advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. USD led them by five at halftime and the game was tied at 50-50 with less than 11 minutes to go. The 2016-17 basketball season will be the first played in the new Sanford Coyote Sports Center, a state-of-the-art, 6,000-seat arena. But what a lasting memory Coyote fans have of the DakotaDome. Hollywood couldn’t have written a better script. 2015-16 ANNUAL REPORT




Two hours north of Vermillion on a chilly October morning, South Dakota’s women’s cross country team lived up to the pressure as defending Summit League champions in 2015. The Coyotes scored 38 points, eight less than runner-up and meet host South Dakota State, to capture their second-straight crown.

Also competing on the championship squad were redshirtfreshman Lindsay Joyce, junior Jessica Feldman, sophomore Erin Wetzstein and sophomore Bailey Oettel. Joyce, Feldman and Wetzstein took places 24-26. Oettel finished 35th.

"TALK ABOUT HAVING A TARGET ON YOUR BACK ALL YEAR. Everyone knew coming in that our 1-2-3 punch was our strength. All year they have been focusing on how to break that up. Meanwhile we developed our next four runners and they had a great day today. Their performance is what put us over the top.” - Head coach Dan Fitzsimmons Senior Amber Eichkorn led the Coyotes as she crossed the finish line as runner-up to North Dakota State’s Erin Teschuk for the second consecutive season. Eichkorn clocked 21:07.43 at the Summit meet. She would go on to qualify for her second NCAA Cross Country Championships in November. Fellow senior Kelsey Barrett pushed through the fatigue with a hard-closing finish to take fourth place in 21:46.19. It was one second off her season best. Katie Wetzstein completed the senior trifecta in eighth place. Wetzstein crossed the finish line in 21:59.60. The Coyote scoring was rounded out by junior Nicole Schmidt in 11th place and freshman Megan Billington in 13th. Both earned second-team all-league honors for their performances. Schmidt clocked 22:38.19, while Billington finished in 22:47.14.



Fitzsimmons repeated as the Summit League Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. Women’s cross country has now captured six conference titles. Four were won in the North Central Conference and the previous two under Fitzsimmons in the Summit League. South Dakota went on and finished 14th at the NCAA Midwest Regional held at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kan. Eichkorn individually placed eighth in 20:32.9. It was the program’s highest individual finish in Division I, improving her own 10th-place finish from a year ago. Eichkorn earned all-Midwest Region honors for the performance and qualified for the NCAA Championships.


Dan Fitzsimmons

2015 Summit League Coach of the Year

Amber Eichkorn

Senior | Wichita, Kan.

Kelsey Barrett

Senior | Britton, S.D.

Katie Wetzstein

Senior | Hudson, Wis.





Danielle Waldner

Junior | Redfield, S.D. Outdoor shot put - 53-1 1/2

Kelsey Barrett

Teivaskie Lewin

Senior | Britton, S.D.

Senior | Montego Bay, Jamaica

Indoor 5,000m - 17:10.33 Outdoor 5,000m - 17:10.26 Outdoor 10,000m - 35:58.03

Indoor 60m hurdles - 7.79 Indoor long jump - 24-0 1/4 Outdoor 110m hurdles - 13.62

Gawain Williams

Tyler Frank

Sophomore | Hanover, Jamaica

Junior | Burke, S.D.

Indoor 60m - 6.80 Outdoor 100m - 10.26

Indoor high jump - 7-0 1/2 Outdoor high jump - 6-9 1/2

Jeff O’Connell

Senior | Philip, S.D.

Outdoor long jump - 23-11 3/4




Jay Cooper

Emily Grove

Junior | Rapid City, S.D.

Senior | Pontiac, Ill.

Outdoor 400m hurdles - 52.48

Indoor pole vault - 14-1 3/4 Outdoor pole vault - 14-2 1/2

Shanice Cannigan

Sophomore | Lucea, Jamaica Indoor pentathlon - 3,890 points Indoor 60m hurdles - 8.64 Outdoor 100m hurdles - 13.88

Analisa Huschle

Senior | Bagley, Minn. Indoor 60m - 7.60 Outdoor long jump - 19-8

Jake David

Sophomore | Ventura, Calif. Outdoor pole vault - 17-5





Junior Greysen Hertting became the first female to be named Summit League Diver of the Year for three consecutive seasons in 2016. Hertting was voted Diving Championship MVP for the third time after sweeping the one-meter (293.35) and three-meter (294.10) dives at the championship meet in February. Hertting is also the first female diver to sweep both boards at three consecutive championships in Summit history. The Appleton, Wis., native broke her own school record in the three-meter dive with a score of 333.22 points during the season. She won 20 events and collected five Summit League Diver of the Week awards. Hertting also qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships, where she finished 32nd in the three-meter and 51st in the one-meter. 10


Senior Nicole Seekamp became the first Coyote to earn Summit League Women’s Basketball Player of the Year honors. Seekamp also earned a spot on the Summit’s first team and was named the Women’s National Invitation Tournament MVP.

The 5-10 guard from Renmark, South Australia, led the Coyotes to a regular season Summit League title and the WNIT championship. Seekamp averaged 15.9 points, 6.4 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. During league play, Seekamp scored the second-most points per game in the league at 17.1. She shot 49.5 percent (99-of-200) from the field and a league-leading 44.4 percent (20-of-45) from 3-point range. Seekamp graduated ranked second all-time in program history for points (2,056), assists (628) and steals (265). She holds school records for single-season assists (232), career starts (130) and career free-throw percentage (85.8%).


Summit Setter of the Year Sophomore setter Brittany Jessen was named the 2015 Summit League Setter of the Year. She kept the Coyote offense going with 1,260 assists, an average of 10.77 per set, while also contributing 288 digs, 147 kills and 35 service aces. Jessen also earned a spot on the all-league team.

Brittany Jessen

Missouri Valley Freshman of the Year Redshirt-freshman Andrew Van Ginkel was named the 2015 Missouri Valley Football Conference Freshman of the Year. Van Ginkel finished second in the MVFC in both sacks (9.0) and tackles-forloss (18.0). He ranked 12th and 14th, respectively, nationally in those categories. He was the Coyotes’ fifth-leading tackler with 56. Andrew Van Ginkel

Emily Grove

Summit Indoor/Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year Senior pole vaulter Emily Grove was named the 2016 Summit League Indoor and Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year after winning the pole vault at both Summit League Championships. Grove set a Summit record outdoors, placed seventh at the NCAA Championships during the indoor season for first-team All-America honors and earned secondteam All-America honors outdoors. Summit Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year Senior hurdler Teivaskie Lewin was voted the 2016 Summit League Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year. He captured a Summit League title in the 110 hurdles and scored the second-most points at the championship meet with 24. He went on to finish 21st in the 110 hurdles at the NCAA Championships.

Teivaskie Lewin

2016 ALL-AMERICANS Senior Emily Grove earned a pair of All-America honors in 2016 at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Ala., and the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. A native of Pontiac, Ill., Grove has accumulated five All-America accolades in her career. Grove placed seventh indoors in the pole vault with a vault of 14-1 1/4 and 15th outdoors after clearing 13-3 1/2. Junior Emily Brigham joined Grove in Eugene for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Brigham also tied for 15th with a clearance of 13-3 1/2. Both earned second team All-America honors for their vaults. It was the first career honor for Brigham.

Emily Grove

Senior | Pontiac, Ill.

South Dakota now has 16 All-America distinctions at the NCAA Division I level.

Emily Brigham

Junior | Shawnee, Kan.




ACADEMIC ALL-SUMMIT LEAGUE Men’s Cross Country Mubarik Musa

Men’s Indoor Track & Field Mubarik Musa

Women’s Cross Country Kelsey Barrett Amber Eichkorn Katie Wetzstein

Women’s Indoor Track & Field Kelsey Barrett Emily Grove Katie Wetzstein

Women’s Soccer Kasha Meyer Elena Tsakakis

Women’s Softball Yvon Minogue

Women’s Basketball Nicole Seekamp Men’s Swimming & Diving Adam Fenton

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Jeff O’Connell Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Kelsey Barrett Emily Grove Katie Wetzstein

Women’s Swimming & Diving Women’s Volleyball Julia Gorham Brittany Jessen Greysen Hertting Rachel Svendson


Football Miles Bergner



2015 ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA Senior midfielder Elena Tsakakis was named to the 2015 Academic AllAmerica women’s soccer second team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Tsakakis is the second Coyote in program history to be named an Academic All-American and the first since 2006. It is South Dakota’s 54th honor across all sports. With three teams with 11 athletes each, Tsakakis was one of nine midfielders who earned Academic All-America honors. Tsakakis played an integral role in the Coyotes’ midfield, working as both a defender and advancing the ball to the strikers. She totaled 4,101 minutes on the pitch for her career, which ranks 15th in program history. Tsakakis tallied seven goals and five assists over four seasons. She also helped the Coyotes advance to the Summit League Tournament for the first time in 2015. A native of Edina, Minn., Tsakakis graduated with a perfect 4.00 grade-point average with a degree in biology. She carried a double-minor in French and sustainability.

SUMMIT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP AWARDS Women’s Soccer Kasha Meyer, All-Tournament Corey Strang, All-Tournament Women’s Volleyball Audrey Reeg, All-Tournament Women’s Basketball Nicole Seekamp, All-Tournament Kelly Stewart, All-Tournament Softball Jamie Holscher, All-Tournament Yvon Minogue, All-Tournament Women’s Golf Brenna Lervick, All-Tournament Women’s Swimming & Diving Greysen Hertting, Diver of the Championship

ALL-SUMMIT LEAGUE Men’s Cross Country Mubarik Musa, 1st Isaac Allen, 2nd Women’s Cross Country Amber Eichkorn, 1st Kelsey Barrett, 1st Katie Wetzstein, 2nd Nicole Schmidt, 2nd Megan Billington, 2nd Women’s Soccer Kasha Meyer, 2nd Corey Strang, 2nd Women’s Volleyball Brittany Jessen, 1st Audrey Reeg, 1st Women’s Basketball Nicole Seekamp, 1st Tia Hemiller, 2nd Men’s Swimming & Diving Ian Ford, 200 backstroke Chase Testa, 1-meter Women’s Swimming & Diving Greysen Hertting, 1-meter, 3-meter

Women’s Indoor Track and Field Shanice Cannigan, Track Championship MVP Karina Dufoe, Newcomer of the Championship

Women’s Softball Madison Frain, 1st Yvon Minogue, 1st Katie Cochran, 2nd

Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Joe Reagan, Newcomer of the Championship

Men’s Golf Jordan Rykal, 1st

ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL CONFERENCE Football Andrew Van Ginkel, 1st Miles Bergner, 2nd

Women’s Golf Brenna Lervick, 1st Women’s Tennis Ellie Burns, 1st Yuliya Sidenko, 1st Elise van Zijst, 1st

Men’s Indoor Track & Field Peter Chapman, pole vault Mach Dojiok, mile Tyler Frank, high jump Teivaskie Lewin, 60m hurdles, long jump Mubarik Musa, 3,000m Gawain Williams, 60m Women’s Indoor Track & Field Liz Bohn, distance medley relay Cami Brenner, distance medley relay Shanice Cannigan, pentathlon, 60m hurdles, 4x400m relay Karina Dufoe, 4x400m relay Emily Grove, pole vault Analisa Huschle, 60m, 200m, 4x400m relay, long jump Brooke Ireland, 4x400m relay Lindsay Joyce, distance medley relay Madison Mills, pole vault Kati Nelson, distance medley relay Ashley Thompson, 60m hurdles, triple jump Danielle Waldner, shot put Katie Wetzstein, mile, 3,000m Hunter Wilkes, pole vault Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Peter Chapman, pole vault Jay Cooper, 400m hurdles Jake David, pole vault Ethan Fenchel, discus Tyler Frank, high jump Teivaskie Lewin, 110m hurdles, 4x100m relay Kyle McKelvey, shot put Mubarik Musa, 10,000m Jeff O’Connell, 4x100m relay, long jump Joe Reagan, 100m, 4x100m relay, long jump Gawain Williams, 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Kelsey Barrett, 10,000m, 5,000m Shanice Cannigan, 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles Meghan Dennis, javelin Karina Dufoe, 4x100m relay Emily Grove, pole vault Analisa Huschle, 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay, long jump Brooke Ireland, 4x100m relay Riley Johnson, discus Ravan Kott, 4x100m relay Ashley Thompson, 100m hurdles, long jump Danielle Waldner, shot put Katie Wetzstein, 1,500m



INSPIRING ACHIEVEMENTS 4.0 CUMULATIVE GPA as of the end of spring 2016 Bartlett, Kathryn Bruggeman, Haley Butterfield, Madeline Embray, Jacy Fossum, Christian Gorham, Julia Homoly, Madeline Ireland, Brooke Kozak, Bethany Leighton, Hunter Pandya, Maria Rytz, Parker Simmons, Jacob Svendson, Katie Tsakakis, Elena Villwock, Sammie Wetzstein, Erin Young, Hunter

Golf Track and Field Soccer Track and Field Swimming and Diving Swimming and Diving Basketball Track and Field Cross Country/Track Track and Field Tennis Soccer Cross Country/Track Swimming and Diving Soccer Soccer Cross Country/Track Football

3.50-3.99 CUMULATIVE GPA Anderson, Danielle Anderson, Tayler Arens, Allison Arens, Bridget Arkfeld, Isabella Aune, Madeline Bagley, Caitlyn Baker, Courtney Barrett, Kelsey Benes, Brook Bergner, Miles Bohn, Elizabeth Boman, Lara Bonar, Megan Borchers, Alex Borchers, Tyler Bradley, Jaycee Braghini, Kelly Bratland, Shay Brown, Andrew Brown, Lindsey


Soccer Track and Field Basketball Basketball Soccer Track and Field Cross Country/Track Soccer Cross Country/Track Cross Country/Track Football Cross Country/Track Soccer Basketball Track and Field Basketball Basketball Volleyball Track and Field Golf Volleyball


Academic Honor Roll Burns, Ellie Carnazzo, Anna Christensen, Colette Cochran, Katie Cooper, Jay Cowman, Brice Dotseth, Hayley Drazick, Anthony Duffy, Caitlin Dufoe, Karina Dufrane, Abby Eichkorn, Amber Feldman, Jessica Fenton, Adam Fine, Mallory Fisher, Clayton Fitzsimmons, Connor Floysand, Katelyn Fogg, Abigail Frain, Madison Godlewski, Theresa Grasso, Victoria Grove, Emily Gupton, Hannah Hagedorn, Tyler Hancock, Sydney Hastings, Kaitlyn Hertting, Greysen Hodges, Brooklynn Hoff, Heidi Holscher, Jamie Hopkins, Spencer Howell, Kelly Hubert, Brooke Huffman, Olivia Huglen, Madeline Jessen, Brittany Johnson, Matthew Joyce, Lindsay Juffer, Kathleen Junkroski, Julia Kamenik, Tomas Keil, Shelby Kidd, Taylor Kirtley, Tayler

Tennis Soccer Track and Field Softball Track and Field Cross Country/Track Volleyball Swimming and Diving Basketball Track and Field Golf Cross Country/Track Cross Country/Track Swimming and Diving Track and Field Football Track and Field Soccer Basketball Softball Swimming and Diving Golf Track and Field Swimming and Diving Basketball Softball Volleyball Swimming and Diving Cross Country/Track Basketball Softball Football Swimming and Diving Track and Field Softball Cross Country/Track Volleyball Football Cross Country/Track Swimming and Diving Track and Field Track and Field Softball Swimming and Diving Swimming and Diving

Kott, Ravan Kramer, Benjamin Krzyzanowski, Kaitlyn Lake, Allison Law, Kelly Lekavy, Kellee Libbey, Pierce Lint, Caitlyn Liveringhouse, Kate Lundstrom, Emily Mattison, Lauren McCloud, Margaret McNeal, Kyle Meyer, Kasha Meyers, Nicholas Mills, Madison Nichols, Anna Nichols, Emily Noga, Janelle Nowlan, Berkley O’Connell, Jeffrey Oettel, Bailey Power, Logan Ptacek, Katlin Reeg, Audrey Rogers, Jessica Schiermeyer, Molly Schilmoeller, Matthew Schmidt, Brennan Schmidt, Nicole Schmidt, Rachel Seekamp, Nicole Simmons, Austin Sparkman, Rebecca Steinfeldt, Taylor Stewart, Kelly Storebo, Brandon Susak, Kristina Svendson, Rachel Szymonski, Elizabeth Thompson, Ashley Valind, Dustin Vasa, Morgan Wallis, Audrey Warner, Eldon

Track and Field Football Golf Track and Field Volleyball Swimming & Diving Cross Country/Track Softball Basketball Swimming and Diving Volleyball Basketball Swimming and Diving Soccer Football Track and Field Softball Softball Track and Field Swimming and Diving Track and Field Cross Country/Track Basketball Soccer Volleyball Softball Volleyball/Track Cross Country/Track Track and Field Cross Country/Track Volleyball Basketball Football Soccer Softball Basketball Football Volleyball Swimming and Diving Track and Field Track and Field Track and Field Softball Cross Country/Track Cross Country/Track

Academic Honor Roll Warnock, Christy Watson, Brooke Wester, Mary Wetzstein, Kaitlyn Wich, Hannah Wilkes, Hunter Wilson, Sydney

Softball Soccer Track and Field Cross Country/Track Tennis Track and Field Soccer

3.00-3.49 CUMULATIVE GPA Albrecht, Courtney Allen, Isaac Anderson, Tanner Armstead, Isaac Axtell, Hailey Banks, Nile Barkley, Kayl Billington, Megan Bills, Brenna Biltoft, Kelsey Bouma, Trevor Bredl, Sean Brenner, Cami Breyer, Aaron Brigham, Emily Brown, Alyssa Bryant, Madison Buelte, Natalie Burmeister, Makenzie Campbell, Grant Cannigan, Shanice Chancellor, Derek Chapman, Peter Coker, Alex Colpitts, Brandon Cornell, Kassidie David, Jake Death, Miles Dennis, Meghan Dessler, Taylor Dimke, Sydney Eberle, Teagan Erlenmeyer, Eric Esser, Abby Fawcett, Quinn

Track and Field Cross Country/Track Football Football Track and Field Football Football Cross Country/Track Soccer Volleyball Football Football Track and Field Cross Country/Track Track and Field Track and Field Swimming and Diving Swimming and Diving Soccer Golf Track and Field Football Track and Field Football Football Swimming and Diving Track and Field Golf Track and Field Swimming and Diving Volleyball Soccer Swimming and Diving Softball Swimming and Diving

Felice, Hanna Fenchel, Ethan Fields, Kayla Garlock, Benjamin Godsey, Brandon Green, Megan Greenfield, Darin Grimshaw, Lottie Gutknecht, Madyson Hale, Joshua Hannah, Haley Hemiller, Tia Hennessy, Liam Hollub, Abigail Holmstrom, Carly Howell, Steven Huschle, Analisa Jackson, Shamar James, Ethan Jech, Dan Jensen, Nick Johnson, Tyler Jorgensen, Erik Kaiser, Viktor Karas, Tayler Kasperbauer, Casey Kennedy, Edward Kiddoo, Ean Kilgore, Khorey Kleiner, Erin Knowles, Jacob Kranendonk, Emma Lage, Keyen Lambert, Taylor Leohr, Jake Lervick, Brenna McKelvey, Kyle Meyer, Nicholas Meyers, Justin Minogue, Yvon Musa, Mubarik Nelson, Katherine Nivala, Taylor Norlin, Samantha Parkinson, Jovane

Track and Field Football/Track Softball Football Football Softball Football Cross Country/Track Soccer Football Swimming and Diving Basketball Track and Field Swimming and Diving Cross Country/Track Swimming and Diving Track and Field Football Football Basketball Football/Track Football Track and Field Football Soccer Basketball Football Swimming and Diving Football Swimming and Diving Swimming and Diving Tennis Football Football Football Golf Track and Field Football Football Softball Cross Country/Track Track and Field Soccer Swimming and Diving Football/Track

Paulsen, Hunter Pavlovic, Milica Peguero, Luis Petersen, Alexis Pfauth, Allison Pospisil, Christian Quinlivan, Sarah Ramsey, Aaron Resseguie, Graham Ruzicka, Cora Rykal, Jordan Saunders, Brady Schank, Sarah Schuster, Ryan Seal, Cody Severyn, Kaitlyn Shufford, Eric Sidenko, Yuliya Smith, Marguerite Stodola, Courtney Suarez, Coral Thau, Cooper Torres, Rebecca Vacanti, Taya Van Roekel, Brandt Vang, Madeline Vaughan, Alyna Waldner, Danielle Welch, Zachary Wendt, Nathan Wessel, Douglas Whitcomb, DeValon Williams, Alanisse Williams, Alex Williams, Gawain Winckler, Emily Withrow, Hannah Yasgar, Ricki Yaw, Charlotte Zabel, Anastasia

Cross Country/Track Tennis Football Golf Swimming and Diving Swimming and Diving Track and Field Football Football Swimming and Diving Golf Swimming and Diving Swimming and Diving Football Golf Basketball Football Tennis Swimming and Diving Soccer Soccer Soccer Soccer Cross Country/Track Football Soccer Golf Track and Field Cross Country/Track Cross Country/Track Football Football Track and Field Track and Field Track and Field Softball Golf Soccer Swimming and Diving Swimming and Diving






Women’s Soccer

outh Dakota freshman Sammie Villwock netted a hat trick, which included the game’s golden goal in the 92nd minute, in a 4-3 win over Green Bay at USD Soccer Complex. Villwock’s hat trick was the 13th in program history.

09.29.15 Men’s Golf


enior golfer Jordan Rykal shot a program record 14-under par for 54 holes and won SIUE’s Derek Dolenc Invitational at Gateway Golf Links in Madison, Ill.


Women’s Volleyball


ydney Dimke and Hayley Dotseth recorded 15 kills apiece in a 3-2 win over Notre Dame. The Coyotes scored the first six points in the decisive fifth set, which USD won 15-6.

10.17.15 Football


unior Miles Bergner drilled a 33-yard field goal as time expired to give the Coyotes a 24-21 win against defending national champion North Dakota State in Fargo, ending the Bison’s 26-game home winning streak in MVFC play. 16



Men’s Cross Country


enior Mubarik Musa earned allMidwest Region honors after placing 15th at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Lawrence, Kan. Musa crossed the finish line in 30:22.4, a half-minute faster than his previous cross country best for 10,000 meters. Musa led the Coyote men to a fourth-place finish at the Summit League Championships two weeks prior.


Women’s Soccer


outh Dakota qualified for its first Summit League Tournament with a program-best 5-3 record in Summit play. The Coyotes took regular season champion NDSU to double overtime in the semifinal before the Bison escaped 4-3 with a golden goal in the 101st minute. Junior striker Corey Strang tallied two goals and an assist in the match.


Men’s Basketball

11.07.15 Football


outh Dakota head football coach Joe Glenn earned his 200th collegiate victory with a 34-31 win against Southern Illinois inside the DakotaDome. Glenn is the 76th coach in NCAA history to reach the milestone. The Coyotes finished 5-6 in Glenn’s final season.


outh Dakota ended Minnesota’s 47-game, non-conference home winning streak (second-longest in the nation) by beating the Gophers in double-overtime 85-81 inside Williams Arena. Casey Kasperbauer scored a team-high 17 points and Eric Robertson tied his career high with 16 points. 2015-16 ANNUAL REPORT




Women’s Basketball


outh Dakota defeated South Dakota State 63-58 for the program’s first win inside Frost Arena since 1990, ending a 20-game skid. Nicole Seekamp drilled a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left and finished with a gamehigh 23 points. The win came near the start of what would become a 16-game winning streak for the Coyotes.


Women’s Basketball


eniors Nicole Seekamp and Tia Hemiller scored 21 and 20 points, respectively, to lead South Dakota past Illinois 85-76 at the State Farm Center. Freshman Jaycee Bradley shot 5-for-7 from outside the arc in a career game with 17 points. It was the program’s fourth win against a Big Ten member. The Coyotes would later go on to defeat Minnesota during the WNIT run.


Men’s Basketball


enior Casey Kasperbauer scored a career-high 31 points and sophomore DJ Davis scored six points in the final 20 seconds of overtime to lead South Dakota to an 89-81 win against Florida Gulf Coast at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.




Women’s Track & Field


enior Emily Grove sailed over 14 feet, 9 ½ inches, to win the pole vault at the Iowa State Classic. The mark tied her own school record and was the second-best in the NCAA at the time. It is also above the Olympic “A” standard, qualifying her for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. Grove went on to place seventh at the NCAA Indoor Championships to earn her fourth All-America honor.


Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving


he Coyotes finished in third place on the women’s side and fifth on the men’s side at the Summit League Swimming & Diving Championships in Indianapolis. Junior Greysen Hertting became the first female diver in Summit history to sweep the one- and three-meter dives in three consecutive seasons. Hertting was also named Summit League Diver of the Year for the third time and advanced to compete in the NCAA Zone Diving meet.

03.12.16 Softball


outh Dakota head coach Amy Klyse earned her 200th coaching win with the program in a 4-3 nine-inning victory against Army at the Under Armour Showcase in Florida. Klyse compiled 211 wins in 10 seasons with the program before resigning in May.


Women’s Track & Field


outh Dakota finished runner-up for the third consecutive season at the Summit League Indoor Championships held in Fort Wayne, Ind. Sophomore Shanice Cannigan earned Track Championship MVP honors while freshman Karina Dufoe was named Newcomer of the Championship.


Women’s Tennis


outh Dakota won five of six singles matches to beat South Dakota State in a Summit League dual in Sioux Falls. The win helped propel the Coyotes to a second-place finish in the Summit standings - the team’s highest finish since joining the league. USD finished 11-12 overall and 4-2 in league play.




Men’s and Women’s Track & Field



outh Dakota men’s and women’s track and field teams finished runner-up at the Summit League Outdoor Championships hosted at the Lillibridge Track Complex in Vermillion. Coyote athletes won 12 events in all, led by senior Kelsey Barrett’s pair of titles in the 10,000-meter and 5,000-meter run. Senior Emily Grove was one of four Summit League athletes to break a meet record, clearing 14-2 1/2 in the women’s pole vault. Freshman Joe Reagan was voted Newcomer of the Championship.

04.20.16 Women’s Golf


unior Brenna Lervick tied for third place at the Summit League Championships at Arborlinks Golf Course in Nebraska City. Lervick moved up three spots in the final day and finished at 6-over par with a score of 222.

05.11.16 Softball


enior Yvon Minogue broke the Summit League’s all-time hits record as part of a three-home run performance against South Dakota State at the Summit League Tournament in Fargo, N.D. Minogue, one of the best players in USD and Summit history, was 6-for-10 with six home runs and 11 RBIs in three tournament games.


Men’s and Women’s Track & Field




eivaskie Lewin, Emily Grove and Emily Brigham competed at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Grove and Brigham finished 15th in the pole vault to earn second-team All-America honors. Lewin took 21st in the 110-meter hurdles.



Seniors Tia Hemiller and Keyen Lage Carl & Hazel Hoy Award


he University of South Dakota athletic department announced its 2015-16 Howling Pack award winners Wednesday, April 27, at a ceremony in the Muenster University Center ballroom. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee organized the ceremony, which recognized Coyote individual and team accomplishments on the playing field, in the classroom and in the community. Track and field athlete Teivaskie Lewin and women’s basketball guard Nicole Seekamp both repeated as the Dr. John Van Why Male Athlete of the Year and Catie Tobin Female Athlete of the Year award winners.

Women’s Basketball team

Senior Nicole Seekamp, Catie Tobin Female Student-Athlete of the Year

Senior Teivaskie Lewin, Dr. John Van Why Male Student-Athlete of the Year

Track and field athlete Jeff O’Connell and women’s soccer midfielder Elena Tsakakis earned scholar-athlete of the year honors. The scholar-athlete is reserved for accomplished senior student-athletes with a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade-point average. The Carl & Hazel Hoy Award, presented by Nancy McCahren, honored football linebacker Keyen Lage and women’s basketball guard Tia Hemiller for their outstanding leadership, athletic and academic achievement. The event was divided into three sections: SAAC awards, athletic department awards and coaches awards.

Seniors Jeff O’Connell and Elena Tsakakis, Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year





THE MOUNT RUSHMORE OF COYOTE BASKETBALL To celebrate 37 years of South Dakota basketball inside of the DakotaDome, the USD athletic department selected 16 Coyote men and 16 Coyote women who excelled during the DakotaDome era and pitted them bracket style into two tournaments. Fans were asked to vote for their favorites to narrow the selections down to an Elite Eight and eventually a Final Four.


The four Mount Rushmore women were Mandy Koupal, Nicole Seekamp, Amber Hegge and Katie Dailey. They were honored during halftime of the South Dakota State game on Feb. 20. Fans selected Randy Rosenquist, Josh Mueller, Tim Hatchett and Nate Tibbetts to make up the men’s Mount Rushmore through the online vote. They were honored at halftime of the Denver game on Feb. 21, the final men’s game in the DakotaDome. The Coyote women left the DakotaDome with a 377-148 (.718) record, ending on a WNIT Championship. South Dakota’s men boast a 396-131 (.751) DakotaDome record.



South Dakota’s basketball teams, along with volleyball, move into the Sanford Coyote Sports Center in the fall of 2016.



South Dakota head football coach Joe Glenn announced his retirement following the conclusion of the 2015 season. Glenn, 66, compiled a 200-1341 record in 28 seasons as a head coach that included stops at Doane, Northern Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota, his alma mater. He is one of 76 coaches in NCAA history to win 200 games. Glenn led Northern Colorado to back-to-back NCAA Division II National Championships in 1996 and 1997. He compiled a 39-6 record in three seasons with Montana from 2000-02 and led the Griz to an FCS National Championship in 2001. He was 12-34 in four seasons at South Dakota. “I’m overwhelmed. I think you can see that,” Glenn said at the press conference announcing his retirement. “Thanks to the Davids for their confidence to bring me to Vermillion four years ago when USD was ready to move into the Missouri Valley Football Conference. USD’s move up from Division II to Division I FCS and then to the powerful Missouri Valley Football Conference would be akin to a team from our conference joining the Big Ten.” The Coyotes finished 5-6 this season - the program’s most wins since 2011 - with the highlight being a 24-21 win against four-time defending national champion North Dakota State in Fargo back on Oct. 17. It ended the Bison’s MVFC record 27-game home winning streak. South Dakota finished with an NCAA SRS of 46 and received votes to the top 25 most of the season.

Amy Klyse, the second-winningest coach in the history of USD softball, announced her resignation after 10 seasons with the team including the last nine as head coach. She left following 211 wins and trips to the Summit League Tournament in all four years of the program’s eligibility. The Coyotes were tournament runners-up in 2015. “It has been an incredible journey that has been so great because of my staff along the way, our wonderful support staff here, and my awesome players and alumni,” Klyse said. “Our program is one of honor and integrity and I am lucky to have been a part of something so special for so long. I know that the administration will put our players in good hands and I can’t wait to follow the team’s future success.”




SUMMIT LEAGUE SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD The University of South Dakota received the 2015-16 Summit League Sportsmanship Award as voted on by fellow league institutions. It marks the first time the Coyotes have earned the prestigious award since joining the Summit in 2011-12. The Summit League Sportsmanship Award is given annually to the institution that is judged by its peers to be the best in the league in living up to the ideals of sportsmanship. Areas for evaluation include studentathlete conduct, staff/administrator conduct, coaches’ conduct and event management.

Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple presents the Sportsmanship Award to South Dakota Director of Athletics David Herbster. 24


Once a Coyote, Always a Coyote

The University of South Dakota awarded degrees to nearly 2,000 candidates between the winter and spring commencement ceremonies. Of those candidates, 75 were student-athletes. Their names are listed below. Isaac Allen Nile Banks Kayl Barkley Brenna Bills Kelsey Biltoft Lindsey Brown Tre Burnette Colin Buscarini Makena Cameron Peter Chapman Katie Cochran Shannon Daly Miles Death Sydney Dimke Teagan Eberle Melissa Firtko Connor Fitzsimmons Ian Ford Blake Frederick

Victoria Grasso Alex Guelcher Sydney Hancock Kaitlyn Hastings Riley Haug Ryan Hillier Heidi Hoff Carly Holmstrom Analisa Huschle Nick Jacobs Auston Johnson Kayla Johnson Matley Jones Haley Jorgensen Casey Kasperbauer Benjamin Kramer Kendall Kritenbrink Teivaskie Lewin Michael Lilly

Rymma Maslova Duol Mayot Margaret McCloud Kasha Meyer Nick Meyer Madison Mills Bailey Milne Yvon Minogue Fisher Mollett Mubarik Musa Madilyn Myers Kati Nelson Taylor Nivala Janelle Noga Trey Norris Devon O’Farrell Nick Olson Milica Pavlovic Kaiti Porter

Colleen Reeves Eric Robertson Mason Ruiz Jordan Rykal Ryan Saeger Eric Shufford Maggie Smith Becca Sparkman Kyle Staples Connor Stephens Kelly Stewart Rachel Svendson Elena Tsakakis Chris Tyler Alyna Vaughan Hannah Veselik Katie Wetzstein Katelyn Wudel


SOUTH DAKOTA TO OFFER FULL COST OF ATTENDANCE IN 2016-17 beginning of 2015 and put into place Aug. 1, 2015, University of South Dakota department of athletics announced it will provide cost of attendance stipends now allow for scholarships to include expenses such as academic-related supplies, transportation in all 17 sports beginning with the 2016-17 season. and other personal incidentals. The value of those benefits at the University of South Dakota will be up “Being a student-athlete at South Dakota is a fulltime commitment and as such, it is important that we to $4,145 per full scholarship. support our athletes in any way we can,” said South Since gaining full Division I membership in 2012Dakota Athletics Director David Herbster. “We are fully committed to a Division I championship mindset 13, USD athletics has quickly established itself with multiple conference championships, NCAA and this is the next step for Coyote athletics.” appearances and a national champion pole vaulter. Academically, Coyote student-athletes achieved a Cost of attendance is the gap between the full cost of attendance and the value of tuition, fees, room, 3.27 grade-point average in 2015-16 and nearly 70 percent carry a 3.0 GPA or higher. board and books, which is the traditional definition of a full scholarship. NCAA rules adopted at the




FACILITIES DEBUT The finish line of the 2016 Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Championships in mid-May marked the beginning of a new era for University of South Dakota athletics. The championship marked the first major event held at one of three newly constructed athletic facilities the University will introduce in 2016. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place near the finish line on the final day of the championship meet that served to officially 26


dedicate the Lillibridge Track Complex and the First Bank and Trust Soccer Complex. The soccer and track teams began regularly practicing in the facilities in April. A summer ago, the Beynon track surface had yet to be installed, the AstroTurf for the main competition field for soccer wasn’t in place, and sod for soccer’s practice field and the track infield had yet to be laid. Over at the arena

– named officially the Sanford Coyote Sports Center near the end of the 2015-16 academic year – the roof was halfway complete, the glass windows hadn’t been installed nor had concrete for the main arena floor been poured. What a difference a year makes. Before the winter cold arrived, the roof was completed, the windows installed, and all of the large duct work was complete, which allowed heat to flow throughout the facility. Across University Street, the lines were painted by hand on the track, drainage systems were installed, the AstroTurf was set in place, trees were planted and the sod was laid. The University held a topping-off event in October where coaches, administrators and donors signed one of the last steel bar joints to be set to seal in the arena. That step allowed contractors to work inside the facility during the winter months.

The track and field complex was officially turned over to USD in April ahead of a Twilight Meet, which served as a test-run of sorts for the new facility. Soccer, meanwhile, hosted a number of exhibition matches on its new competition field. In the arena, the wood floors for the competition court and two practice courts were installed, sealed and painted. Final touches will be provided during a 2-3 month span from late spring to early summer.

What’s Next The keys to the arena were handed to USD in late July when coaches, administrators and staff began to occupy the new facility. In addition to the competition court and two practice courts, student-athletes now have access to new locker rooms and state-of-the-art athletic training facilities including a 7,500-square foot weight room.

By February, the seating areas were installed around the competition court, the first coat of paint had been applied and the elevators were functional. February also saw the two end video boards and 360 degree ribbon boards brought to life, the bathrooms were set and the locker room areas were being touched up. The final coats of paint were applied and carpet was rolled out.

An overlook of the DakotaDome and the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.

Looking down on the new First Bank & Trust Soccer Complex.




NIELSON NAMED FOOTBALL COACH South Dakota athletic director David Herbster announced Bob Nielson as the 30th head football coach in program history last December. “I’m deeply honored,” Nielson said at his introductory press conference. “Over the past week, through my discussions and research, I found that this is truly a special place and its strong leadership holds a bold vision for this University, the athletic program and Coyote football. “While leaving a place with established connections is never easy, it became obvious to me that this was a team I wanted to be a part of and this vision is definitely the kind of vision that I want to be a part of as well.” Nielson has compiled a 186-80-1 record for a win percentage of .698 in 23 seasons as a head coach. He has been the head football coach at Western Illinois University in Macomb for the last three seasons. He has also served as the head coach at Ripon College (1989-90), Wartburg College (199195), Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1996-98) and Minnesota Duluth (1999-2003, 2008-12). “Championships for the pride of the western plain will be our goal,” Nielson said. “And we will do it in a way that all of you can radiate pride in being part of something special. “I feel I’ve got 12-15 really good years left and I want to invest those years in a place that is truly committed to doing things the right way, and without question the University of South Dakota is committed to doing that.” Nielson was named the Missouri Valley Football Conference Coach of the Year in late November after leading Western Illinois to a 7-6 record and to the second round of the FCS playoffs. It was the first playoff appearance for the Leathernecks since 2010. Western Illinois played the toughest regular season schedule in the nation according to NCAA rankings. Nielson led Minnesota Duluth to NCAA Division II national championships in 2008 and 2010. Both teams finished with 15-0 records. Nielson was voted Division II National Coach of the Year following both championship seasons.



Nielson grew up in Marion, Iowa, and is a 1982 graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. He received his master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1988. He and his wife, Terri, have two daughters, Amanda and Kasey, and a son, Kyle.

PLITZUWEIT TAKES OVER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL South Dakota athletic director David Herbster announced the hiring of Dawn Plitzuweit as the 10th women’s basketball head coach in program history in April. Plitzuweit has compiled a 188-93 record for a winning percentage of .669 in nine years as a head coach. She has guided programs to 19 winning seasons in 21 years of coaching experience at the NCAA Division I and Division II levels including 10 NCAA tournament appearances. As a head coach, Plitzuweit led her teams to eight postseason appearances highlighted by a 2006 NCAA Division II Championship at Grand Valley State. She also guided Northern Kentucky through the NCAA Division I transition with four consecutive WBI berths. Plitzuweit began her coaching career at her alma mater, Michigan Tech, under her collegiate coach, Kevin Borseth, in 1995. The pair teamed up for 11 seasons with stops at Michigan Tech, Green Bay and Michigan. A 1995 graduate of Michigan Tech, Plitzuweit earned back-to-back Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year awards, four all-conference honors and three alldefensive team nods. She led the Huskies to a 99-22 record and four trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament. She was a Division II Bulletin second-team AllAmerica selection and a two-time Kodak All-America honorable mention pick (1994, 1995). She earned WBCA All-Academic accolades in 1994 and 1995 and was named Michigan’s Woman of the Year in 1995. A native of West Bend, Wis., Plitzuweit and her husband, Jay, have a son, A.J., and a daughter, Lexi.

A.J., Lexi, Dawn and Jay Plitzuweit

WAGNER NAMED SOFTBALL COACH USD athletic director David Herbster announced the hiring of Robert Wagner as the head softball coach in June. Wagner has more than 20 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level including eight years at Arizona State where he produced two national championships. Wagner was associate head coach at ASU from 2006-11, the program’s top assistant in 2015 and its co-interim head coach throughout this past season. Arizona State qualified for the NCAA Tournament in all eight seasons with Wagner on staff. The Sun Devils advanced to the Women’s College World Series five times and won national championships in 2008 and 2011. ASU was 392-127 under Wagner (.755) including a 45-13 record in the NCAA Tournament. In addition to Arizona State, Wagner has been an assistant softball coach at his alma mater, University of Washington (2005), at University of Utah (2001-02), and at Central Arizona College (19992000). His first head coaching gig at the collegiate level was at Odessa College from 2003-04. His second was at Scottsdale Community College from 2012-14, in between his two stints with Arizona State. 2015-16 ANNUAL REPORT





The mission of the Howling Pack is to promote and financially support the University of South Dakota athletic department and all of the individual athletic teams while encouraging the development of the student-athlete. Each year the Howling Pack sponsors events to raise money, generate interest and engage alumni, fans and friends. Gifts by Howling Pack members support scholarships and provide all Coyote student-athletes the necessary resources to be successful academically and athletically. During the 2015-16 season, Howling Pack membership increased to over 1,000 members who contributed $1,189,582.



$12,000 GREAT






$2,000 GOLD CLUB






Enrolled in Scholarship Match Program Invite to Scholarship Banquet Access to Dome Club Area USD Season Pass for Two (Soccer, Track, Volleyball)* Ability to Purchase Courtside Season Tickets for Basketball** Access to CorTrust Club Area (Basketball)* Ability to Purchase Club Level Tickets for Basketball** Access to Coyote Landing (Football)* Football Priority Parking (Lots C& D) & FB Tailgating ** Basketball Priority Parking (Lots C & D)* Football & Basketball Priority Seating** Membership Key chain & Car Window Decal 10% Discount at USD Barnes & Noble Bookstore Program & Website Recognition


Howling Pack Insider E-Newsletter (email address needed) Invitations to Special Events & Athletic Functions Ticket Purchase Priority Tax Deduction



80% of your gift is tax deductible, less the cost of individual benefits. *Season 5icket )olders 0nly **Season Ticket Holders Only & Based on Coyote Points Note: Gifts are tax deductible, up to 80% of first $3,000 and 100% above that with further reduction for cost of individual benefit.

ENDOWMENTS The department of athletics currently holds 48 endowments with a market value annual report16.indd 6

2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 In the first six months of 2016, the Howling Pack has raised $1,054, 504.

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of $3,580,932 as of February 2016.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS The Howling Pack is overseen by a strong and knowledgeable board of directors that helps increase membership and promotes the mission of the Howling Pack. Board members are comprised of the alumni, business, and/or community leaders from across the state of South Dakota. Aaron Clayton Sioux Falls, S.D. Sheila Prosser Vermillion, S.D. David Herbster Director of Athletics Jim Clement Rapid City, S.D. Daniel Radigan Sioux Falls, S.D. David Williams Deputy Athletic Director Chris Daniel Sioux City, Iowa Adam Schwab Sioux Falls, S.D. Jon Schemmel Senior Assoc. AD for Development Dan Doyle Sioux Falls, S.D. Torrey Sundall Sioux Falls, S.D. Chris Kassin Asst. AD for Howling Pack Scott Fiedler Sioux Falls, S.D. Luke Tibbetts Sioux Falls, S.D. Erica Schilling Asst. AD for Donor Relations Tom Freiberg Beresford, S.D. David Zimbeck Sioux Falls, S.D. Matt Martin Asst. AD for Major Gifts Thomas Holland Dakota Dunes, S.D. Elliot Powell Asst. Director of Development Jennifer Kudera Yankton, S.D. Torie Buberl Development Coordinator Jeff Nelson Sioux Falls, S.D.



CALLING ALL COYOTES AUCTION RAISES $325,000 FOR STUDENT-ATHLETES The third annual Calling All Coyotes auction held at the Sioux Falls Convention Center raised more than $325,000 which will help support the Howling Pack and South Dakota student-athletes. The night included silent and live auctions, live music from the JAS Quintet, drinks, hors d’oeuvres and dinner. More than 600 people attended the event, including more than 60 Coyote student-athletes and many members of South Dakota’s coaching staff. “This night represents everything that is great about the University of South Dakota,” said USD Associate

Athletic Director Jon Schemmel. “It is a celebration of our two most valuable assets - our student-athletes and supporters. This has become a can’t miss event for Coyotes everywhere and is something everyone looks forward to each year.” A trip to St. Johns U.S. Virgin Islands, two customized golf carts, a football package to Albuquerque for the Coyotes’ 2016 season opener against New Mexico, and a dinner with USD President Jim Abbott were among the many items sold during the auction. The $325,000 raised was a record for the event, which has brought in close to $750,000 in three years. 2015-16 ANNUAL REPORT




Division I-level coaching, staffing, scholarships, services and travel require a significant investment. USD athletics is committed to being careful stewards of the funds received from fans, corporate sponsors and donors. That support, as well as the funds received from the State of South Dakota and from the University, is critical to the continued success and integral to the future growth of Coyote athletics.

TOTAL ATHLETIC EXPENSES: 13,598,537 Scholarships: $3,626,630

Other Expenses: $4,419,608


Debt Service: $760,294

Salaries & Benefits: $4,792,005

TOTAL ATHLETIC INCOME: 13,759,383 External Revenue: $6,013,976

Student Support: $1,668,409

Tuition Fees Housing Board Books University Support: $6,076,998



With a 4 percent tuition hike and an overall scholarship cost increase of 3.41 percent between the 2014-15 and the 2015-16 school years, contributions to The Howling Pack and The Great Expectations Scholarship Campaign are two ways USD keeps pace with the rise in costs. Generous gifts to these two areas help fund more than 180 student-athlete scholarships. 2014-15 $5,829.60 $4,244.80 $5,693.10 $3,106.00 $800.00 $19,673.50

2015-16 $6,077.40 $4,501.10 $5,781.30 $3,185.20 $800.00 $20,345.00

Increase 4.25% 6.04% 1.55% 2.55% 0.0% 3.41%

Cost is based on 14 credits per semester for non-resident student living at Coyote Village.

COYOTE SPORTS PROPERTIES/LEARFIELD SPORTS Major Partners The University of South Dakota partnered with prominent collegiate sports marketer Learfield Sports to serve as its multimedia rights holder and exclusive athletics marketing partner beginning with the 2011-12 athletic season. Learfield Sports established a locallybased entity known as “Coyote Sports Properties” to handle all related aspects of the multi-year rights partnership that went into effect July 1, 2011, and includes signage and sponsorship at all athletic venues, certain radio and television programming and management of the Coyote Sports Network, as well as corporate hospitality, print sponsorships, event marketing and advertising for GoYotes. com. For over 40 years, Learfield Sports has been dedicated to representing collegiate institutions, conferences and associations. A&B Business Solutions ABC Rentals Alkota Cleaning Systems, Inc. American Foods Group Anheuser-Busch / Conkling Dist. Avery Outdoor Bank of the West Barnes & Noble at USD Bierschbach Equipment Blaine’s Body Shop Brunick Furniture & Flooring Buffalo Wild Wings Café Brule CenturyLink CHS, Inc. Clay-Union Electric Coffee Cup Fuel Stop CorTrust Bank Culver’s Yankton Curry Seed Czeckers Sports Bar & Grill Dairy Queen Grill and Chill

Dakota PC Warehouse Dakota Realty Dakota Roots Dakota Sports & Dakota Lettering Farm Credit Services of America Fast Auto Glass First Bank and Trust First Dakota National Bank Fred Haar Co. GEICO Grand Falls Casino Resort Herren-Schempp Building Supply HyVee - Vermillion Keller Williams Realty / Nelson Team Jolly Time Popcorn Little Italy’s Main Street Pub Marina Inn Conference Center

Corporate Partners Mark’s Machinery, Inc. McDonald’s - Vermillion Meierhenry Sargent LLP Midcontinent Communications Midwest Ready Mix Mohr Designs Northland Ford Dealers Nygren’s True Value Hardware Old Lumber Company Bar & Grill Pedersen Machine Pepsi Pepsi-Cola of Siouxland Pizza Hut Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 300 POET - Hudson Polaris Prairie Inn Premier Bankcard / First Premier Bank

Premier Real Estate, LTD Pride Neon Signs Print Source / Equalizer RDL Rooster’s Harley Davidson Sanford SAPA Extrusions Schoeneman’s Building Materials Center Screening America Sedgwick Publishing Slumberland Furniture South Dakota Beef Industry Council South Dakota Corn Utilization Council South Dakota Pork Producers Council Southeast Technical Institute State Farm - Richard Sunde State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company

Stockmen’s Sturdevant’s Auto Parts The Bluffs The Roadhouse University Center USD Alumni Association USD Beacom School of Business USD Foundation USD Graduate School Varsity Pub Vermillion ACE Hardware Vermillion Auto Works Vermillion Chamber Wellmark BCBS Yankton Press & Dakotan



Mission Statement The University of South Dakota is the comprehensive university within the South Dakota System of Higher Education. The University’s mission is to provide graduate and undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences and in professional education; to promote excellence in teaching and learning; to support research, scholarly and creative activities; and to provide service to the State of South Dakota and the region. The University of South Dakota’s Intercollegiate Athletic Department, as an integral part of the University’s educational mission, is committed to cultivate academic and athletic excellence in our student-athletes. The following points serve as a roadmap on this path to excellence. • • • • • •

Academic Integrity and Leadership: Dedication to the principles of academic excellence, the encouragement of degree completion, the development of the whole person, and support in securing a productive place in society for all student-athletes. Athletic Achievement: Dedication to maximum athletic performance. Fiscal Integrity: Development and maintenance of comprehensive fiscal policies and practices to ensure control and accountability throughout the program. Governance: Compliance with Federal, State, University, NCAA, and conference regulations. Personal Development: Encourage all personnel and student-athletes toward personal and professional growth. Quality Support: Dedication to providing the finest staff, facilities, services, and equipment to ensure that all student-athletes have the opportunity to train and compete in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

2015-16 Annual Report  

A look back on Coyote athletics in the 2015-16 school year. #GoYotes

2015-16 Annual Report  

A look back on Coyote athletics in the 2015-16 school year. #GoYotes