By Chris Palmquist
Vermillion, SD—University of South Dakota Men's Head Basketball Coach Dave Boots announced today he is stepping down.
Boots was a head coach for 32 years, and spent 25 of those leading USD. He is the winningest coach in program history, going 503-235 for a .681 winning percentage. During his tenure, he led the Coyotes to 23 consecutive winning seasons, 10 NCAA Division II tournaments, and six North Central Conference championships.
Since South Dakota made the jump to Division I in 2008-09, Boots led the ‘Yotes to a Great West Championship in 2010. That same season they played in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Since then the Coyotes have moved to the Summit League.
"For the past 25 years, I have enjoyed leading the Coyote basketball program. The time has come for a new face and new voice to now lead," Boots said. "Peggy and I want to thank everyone who supported us and made our experience so enjoyable. USD was truly a special place for our family."
South Dakota director of athletics David Herbster accepted Boots' resignation with appreciation for his career.
"Coach Boots has left an impact on basketball in the state of South Dakota, and his 25 years of service to the game here on this campus has left the foundation of an incredibly strong program," Herbster said.