South Dakota Coyotes

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South Dakota Coyotes
University University of South Dakota
Conference The Summit League
Missouri Valley Football Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletic director David Herbster
Location Vermillion, South Dakota
Varsity teams 15 (6 men's, 9 women's)
Football stadium DakotaDome
Basketball arena DakotaDome
Mascot Charlie Coyote
Nickname Coyotes
Fight song Hail, South Dakota!
Colors Red and White[1]

The South Dakota Coyotes, also known as the USD Coyotes (pronounced KI YOATS), are the athletic teams for the University of South Dakota. Their team colors are vermilion and white. They have been members of The Summit League of the NCAA's Division I since the 2011-12 season. 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.

Many of the Coyotes' athletic events are held in the multi-purpose DakotaDome, located in Vermillion, South Dakota. Football and basketball are the main events for the venue, followed by volleyball, indoor track, and swimming.

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]

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


  1. ^ University of South Dakota Graphic Standards and Editorial Guide. Retrieved 2016-04-16. 
  2. ^ "(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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