South Dakota Coyotes

The South Dakota Coyotes, also known as the USD Coyotes (locally pronounced (US: /ˈkts/ [lower-alpha 1]), 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.

South Dakota Coyotes
UniversityUniversity of South Dakota
ConferenceSummit League
Missouri Valley Football Conference
NCAADivision I / FCS
Athletic directorDavid Herbster
LocationVermillion, South Dakota
Varsity teams18 (7 men's, 11 women's)
Football stadiumDakotaDome
Basketball arenaSanford Coyote Sports Center
MascotCharlie Coyote
Fight songHail, South Dakota!
ColorsRed and White[1]

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.

Sports sponsored

Men's sports Women's sports
Basketball Basketball
Cross CountryCross Country
Swimming and DivingSoftball
Track and FieldSwimming and Diving
Track and Field
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor

A primary member of the Summit League, the University of South Dakota sponsors teams in seven men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports. The football program competes in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

The Coyote softball team appeared in one Women's College World Series in 1971.[2]

The Coyote women's basketball team made its first NCAA Division 1 Tournament appearance in 2014.

The Coyote women's basketball team won the WNIT Championship over Florida Gulf Coast in 2016.

The Coyote Volleyball team made its first NCAA Division 1 Tournament Appearance in 2018.


  1. Respelled US KY-ohts


  1. University of South Dakota Graphic Standards and Editorial Guide. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  2. 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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