South Dakota Coyotes

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South Dakota Coyotes
University University of South Dakota
Conference Summit League
Missouri Valley Football Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletic director David Herbster
Location Vermillion, South Dakota
Varsity teams 17 (7 men's, 10 women's)
Football stadium DakotaDome
Basketball arena Sanford Coyote Sports Center
Mascot Charlie Coyote
Nickname Coyotes
Fight song Hail, South Dakota!
Colors Red and White[1]
Summit League logo in South Dakota's colors

The South Dakota Coyotes, also known as the USD Coyotes (locally pronounced (US: /ˈkts/ [a]), are the athletic teams for the University of South Dakota. Their team colors are vermilion and white. They have been members of Summit League of the NCAA's Division I since the 2011–12 school year. The football team plays in Division I's Football Championship Subdivision as a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Coyotes were charter members of the Division II North Central Conference and were members until 2008 when it upgraded to Division I.

Before the 2016–17 school year, most of the Coyotes' athletic events were held in the multi-purpose DakotaDome, located in Vermillion, South Dakota. Football and basketball were the main events for the venue, followed by volleyball, indoor track, and swimming. The basketball and volleyball teams moved to the new Sanford Coyote Sports Center upon its opening in August 2016; the other aforementioned sports remain at the DakotaDome.

Athletic teams[edit]

A member of The Summit League, the University of South Dakota sponsors teams in seven men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[2]

Men's Intercollegiate Sports Team Article Head Coach Women's Intercollegiate Sports Team Article Head Coach
Basketball Coyotes men's basketball Craig Smith Basketball Coyotes women's basketball Dawn Plitzuweit
Cross Country Dan Fitzsimmons Cross Country Dan Fitzsimmons
Football [v 1] Coyotes football Bob Nielson Golf Nick Hovden
Golf Nick Hovden Soccer Mandy Green
Swimming & Diving Jason Mahowald Softball Robert Wagner
Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor) Dave Gottsleben Swimming & Diving Jason Mahowald
Tennis Brett Barnett
Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor) Lucky Huber
Volleyball Leanne Williamson
  1. ^ The football team competes as a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

The Coyote softball team appeared in one Women's College World Series in 1971.[3]


  1. ^ Respelled US KY-ohts


  1. ^ University of South Dakota Graphic Standards and Editorial Guide. Retrieved April 16, 2016. 
  2. ^ "(SD logo)". University of South Dakota. Retrieved May 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ Plummer, William; Floyd, Larry C. (2013). A Series Of Their Own: History Of The Women's College World Series. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States: Turnkey Communications Inc. ISBN 978-0-9893007-0-4. 

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