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The University of South Dakota is the state’s

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designated liberal arts university. We’re the bigtime university with a small-college feel. We’re the home of extraordinary academic and athletic opportunities. Click through these pages to learn more about....  The University  Vermillion  Coyote Athletics


The University

The University of South Dakota Dakota offers 132 undergraduate programs and 65 graduate programs. From accounting to health science, business to art, computer science to education, pre-med to pre-law, there’s a pretty good chance we have just what you’re looking for at USD as you build for your career.

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Graduates of South Dakota have traveled the world and accomplished great things. Famous alumni include USA Today founder Al Neuharth (top left), and three-time Super Bowl champion Matt Chatham (top right). U.S. Senators Tim Johnson (bottom left) and John Thune (bottom middle) earned degrees at USD, along with President James Abbott.

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More than 10,000

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students passed through the halls of the University of South Dakota in 2011, including more than 7,400 undergraduates and nearly 2,500 graduates. More than 80 percent of the school’s 423 faculty members have the highest degree in their field, but a 15:1 student-faculty ratio gives a great education a personal touch. The renowned and driven students make USD the premier higher education institution in the state.


We aren’t the only ones to feel that way about USD. South Dakota once again has been recognized among the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review and its 2012 “Best Colleges” issue. The University of South Dakota is the only institution from the state named to this year’s prestigious list.


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The University’s 286-

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acre tree-lined campus, manicured green lawns, sculptures and displays of seasonal flowers create a lush park-like educational setting. All across campus, visitors will notice significant campus iimprovement projects as South Dakota is investing more than $100 million in projects that have recently been completed or are currently under construction.


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Today, more than 10,000 adventurers, farmers,

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manufacturers, professionals and scholars call Vermillion home. Downtown restaurants, movie theaters, cafes and specialty shops are all within walking distance of the campus. Fishing, kayaking and boating are available on the majestic Missouri River (top). Vermillion is also home to a scenic 18-hole golf course and numerous parks, where you can do anything from play frisbee golf to play soccer. And if you’re up for a road trip, you can make Sioux Falls or Sioux City in less than an hour, Omaha in about two and Minneapolis and Kansas City in five.


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Success for South Dakota student-athletes is measured on the field and in the classroom. The Coyotes have excelled, not only at the conference level, but also on a national scale and as professionals. Below are some outstanding accomplishments:

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23 NCAA Championships 775 All-Americans (including 2012 first-team All-American Bethany Buell, top) 47 Academic AllAmericans 87 conference titles 41 NFL players 2 Olympians


Coyotes have also gone on to achieve great things at the professional level, including three-time Olympian Derek Miles (top), NFL player Stefan Logan (bottom right) and basketball player Tyler Cain (bottom left).

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One of the finest competition and training facilities in the region, the DakotaDome is home to all 17 Coyote teams. The complex serves South Dakota’s 350 student-athletes on a daily basis and is one of the state’s most recognizable man-made landmarks.

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Coyote student-athletes enjoy giving back to the community, whether it is working on projects in the region through the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), or volunteering -- such as helping with move-in day (top right), being involved in Girls on the Run (bottom left) or helping to clean up Prentis Park (bottom right).

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Kaitlyn Jefferson - All-Summit League

Kassie Loe - AllSummit League first team (softball)

With the transition to Division I now completed, South Dakota has had plenty of success, including in the Summit League. The Coyote women(top, left ) qualified for the WNIT to earn their second straight postseason trip. In the first four years of the transition, won eight conference titles. The 2011-12 athletic season saw 68 South Dakota athletes earn all-conference honors.


Jeff Mettler All-Summit first team (cross country)

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A faithful following of fans always support South Dakota student-athletes. Coyote Nation loves its studentathletes and wears the red and white proudly at all home events. Their die-hard enthusiasm help make gameday a memorable experience for everyone involved.

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South Dakota passion makes gameday on campus one of the best days in Vermillion. Everyone gets involved from the color guard to the dance squad and cheerleaders to the school band. Even the baton twirler catches the USD spirit.


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Student-athletes at South Dakota are given support in all areas of their college experience. Coyote staff members trained in academic support, strength training, sports medicine and more work on a oneon-one basis with each student-athlete.

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Coyote Track and Field

Head coaches Dave Gottsleben (left) and Lucky 2012-13 Coyote Athletics

Huber (right) bring a wealth of experience to the Coyotes. In nearly 50 combined years of coaching at USD, the two have guided more than 330 Coyotes to All-America honors and have earned numerous coach of the year accolades along the way.


Gottsleben and Huber have surrounded themselves with a top-flight coaching staff for the field events also. Derek Miles (top) was a four-time All-American pole vaulter for USD and is a threetime Olympic qualifier, including advancing to the Summer Games in London in 2012. Throwing coach Tyler Custis (middle) competed in the Big 12 Conference as a student-athlete at Texas A&M, while graduate assistant coach Ben Jasinski (below) was a twotime Summit League champion in the high jump and set two school records during his collegiate career.

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South Dakota’s cross country and distance squads

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are instructed by head coach Dan Fitzsimmons (left) and volunteer assistant Matt Hoyt (right), who were stand-out Coyotes during their competition days. Fitzsimmons set the school record in the steeplechase, which stood until 2000, and Hoyt was an eight-time All-American between track and cross country and was inducted into the Coyote Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.


Coyote cross country has its own home as well in the Don Baker Cross Country Course. Located just across the street from the DakotaDome, the tree-filled 10 acres has a permanently-marked course that gives USD an area to train and host meets on.

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The Coyotes enjoy a home track advantage with one of the top indoor facilities in the nation. A spacious, eight-lane, 200-meter track is flanked with two runways for jumps and a top-of-the-line throw and pole vault area. USD also hosts outdoor meets at Williams Field in Yankton, a multi-million dollar Mondo facility.

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The Coyotes have been dominant as a team at the conference and national level for more than 85 years, including capturing a men’s cross country national title in 1997. USD has captured 46 conference titles in the North Central and Great West, including a rare triple crown by the Coyote women in 2005 and 2006. The Coyotes have amassed an impressive 18 individual national titles and 425 AllAmerican awards.


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USD’s triumphs on the track have resulted in impressive school records in a variety of events.

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Outdoor 100 Meters 200 Meters 400 Meters 800 Meters 1,500 Meters Steeplechase 5,000 Meters 10,000 Meters 400-Meter Hurdles 110/100-Meter Hurdles 400-Meter Relay 1,600-Meter Relay 4x1,600 relay Decathlon/Heptathlon Pole Vault High Jump Triple Jump Long Jump Shot Put Discus Javelin Hammer

Men 10.10 20.77 46.06 1:48.85 3:48.45 8:58.95 14:14.09 29:24.60 51.35 13.82 40.80 3:09.39 16:59.62 7,251 17-8 1/2 7-1 53-7 25-2 58-10 3/4 186-8 221-0 200-0

Women 11.44 23.46 53.59 2:07.26 4:31.85 10:48.28 16:53.23 35:01.05 57.40 13.83 45.94 3:40.90 20:39.43 5,301 14-5 1/4 5-9 1/4 41-4 20-7 1/4 50-3 165-9 152-3 177-6


Indoor 60 Meters 60 Hurdles 200 Meters 400 Meters 800 Meters Mile 3,000 Meters 5,000 Meters Shot Put High Jump Long Jump Triple Jump Pole Vault Weight Throw 1,600-Meter Relay Distance Medley Relay Pentathlon


Men 6.73 7.84 21.42 47.08 1:49.98 4:04.57 8:15.46 14:18.37 57-3 7-1 1/2 24-10 54-6 17-4 1/2 61-0 3/4 3:10.74 9:50.23 3,916

Women 7.55 8.71 24.41 54.65 2:06.80 4:52.50 9:45.35 16:49.27 48-0 5-9 1/4 19-11 41-9 3/4 13-7 1/4 57-3 3:45.40 11:41.51 3,777

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In 2012, South Dakota sent three individuals to the finals of the NCAA National Championships. Sophomore Bethany Buell, left, took third, in the pole vault while freshman Emily Grove was seventh in the pole vault. Both were first-team All-Americans. Junior Alexa Duling, right, was 12th in the 400-meter hurdles and was second-team All-American. The trio combined to score eight points at the national meet, helping the Coyotes to finish in a tie for 34th in the nation.

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The Coyotes capped a highly-successful 2012 campaign by sending a Summit League-best 13 athletes to the first round of the NCAA National Championships in Austin, Texas, in May. South Dakota also recorded 14 Summit League titles at the indoor and outdoor championships.

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NCAA Division I Outdoor -- Preliminary Round Qualifying 100 Meters 200 Meters 400 Meters 800 Meters 1,500 Meters 3,000 Steeplechase 5,000 Meters 100 Hurdles/100 Hurdles 400 hurdles 4x100 relay 4x400 relay High jump Pole vault Long jump Triple jump Shot put Discus Hammer Javelin

Women 11.68 24.09 47.39 2:09.00 4:27.20 10:36.98 16:45.63 13.92 1:00.25 45.37 3:40.64 5-8.5 (1.74m) 13-0.5 (3.98m) 19-2.25 (5.85m) 40-4.5 (12.31m) 48-11.5 (14.93m) 161-4.75 (49.21m) 187-6.5 (57.18m) 144-9 (44.13m)

Men 10.56 21.32 54.35 1:50.06 3:47.03 9:01.75 14:12.41 14.32 52.27 40.29 3:10.52 6-11 (2.11m) 16-10.5 (5.15m) 24-1.25 (7.35m) 49-4.75 (15.06m) 55-11 (17.05m) 171-7.25 (52.32m) 191-1.5 (58.27m) 203-5.75 (62.04m)

Note: The top 48 marks from the West Region qualify for the preliminary round of the outdoor championships. In 2012 the marks to the left were the 48th times/ marks in the respective events. The NCAA West Preliminaries will be held in May 2013 in Austin, Texas, with the NCAA Outdoor National Championships set for June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore.

NCAA Division I indoor Championships

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The top 16 individuals in each event qualify for the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, which are set for March 8 and 9, 2013 in Fayetteville, Ark.


Competition on the road prepares USD athletes for competing on the national stage, as the Coyotes regularly travel to some of the best meets in the nation. USD has traveled to:  Des Moines, Iowa for the nationallyrecognized Drake Relays. One of the top collegiate meets in the country, the Coyotes annually travel to the event and face some of the best athletes in the nation (top).  Phoenix, Arizona, to take advantage of a early-season warm weather.  Los Angeles, California, for the prestigious Mount SAC Relays.  Lawrence, Kansas, for the Kansas Relays (middle).  Austin, Texas, for the nationally-recognized Texas Relays.  Palo Alto, Calif., home of the Stanford Relays.


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Academics is a huge focus for South Dakota student-athletes, and track and field and cross country are a perfect example. The Coyote men’s and women’s cross country teams placed a combined 21 athletes on the Academic All-Summit League team, while the track and field programs combined for 56 academic allconference selections. Collectively, South Dakota cross country and track and field athletes combined for a 3.395 GPA in 2001-12 and also earned USTFCCCA All-Academic team honors.

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