Augsburg will induct Boots

Augsburg will induct Boots Dave Boots, the winningest coach in South Dakota basketball history with a record of 227-94, was inducted into the Augsburg College Athletic Hall of Fame Thursday, Oct. 7.

Boots, a 1979 Augsburg College graduate, is one of three individiuals inducted into Augsburg Hall of Fame. This year's ceremony celebrated 75 years of Auggie athletics and featured Hall of Famer Lute Olson as the guest speaker. Olson is a 1956 graduate of Augsburg College.

Boots, who is beginning his 12th season at the Coyote helm, has an all-time coaching record of 342-157 (.685) in 18 years. When USD plays its first game this season it will mark Boots' 500th game as a collegiate head coach. Three times named North Central Conference Coach of the Year, Boots has directed the Coyotes to NCC championships in 1993, 1994 and 1999.

USD, which has had 11 consecutive winning seasons under Boots, advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite 8 National Tournament in 1993 and 1994. Along the way, Boots has directed the Coyotes to seven 20-win seasons. In addition, USD has the most NCC wins of any league school over the last 11 years with 130 compared to only 68 losses (.657).

Prior to USD, Boots was the head coach at Augsburg College guiding the school to a pair of Minnesota Intercollegiate Conference titles during his six-year tenure there. A native of North Branch, MN, Boots constructed a record of 100-56 at Augsburg � winning conference titles in 1984 and 1985.

As a senior basketball player at Augsburg during the 1978-79 campaign, Boots was named team captain, most valuable player, MIAC all-conference and all-District 13. He is still holder of the MIAC single-season free throw percentage record (.971) and Augsburg's career free throw percentage mark (.881).

After graduation, Boots served as an assistant coach at Augsburg for two seasons. In 1981-82 he was named head coach at Anoka-Ramsey Community College where he guided his team to a third-place conference finish at 15-7.

South Dakota opens the 1999-2000 basketball season Nov. 19-20 in the Quad State Classic hosted by Morningside College in Sioux City, IA.

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