Four to be inducted at USD Four individiuals closely associated with The University of South Dakota will be inducted into the Coyote Athletic Hall of Fame Friday, Oct. 8 on the USD campus during Dakota Days homecoming activities.
The Coyote football team will take on St. Cloud State Saturday, Oct. 9 with a 3 p.m. kickoff. The Hall of Fame ceremony will take place Friday at the Commons Dining Hall with the banquet starting at 6 p.m.
The 1999 Coyote Hall of Fame class consists of Katie Dailey (basketball), Ann Pancoast (basketball), Dave Garner (football) and Greg Willey (track and field coach).
A native of Jefferson, Dailey starred for the Coyotes from 1981-85. A three-time all-North Central Conference selection, Dailey finished her career holding six USD school records, including career assists (665), career steals (304), assists in a season (212), steals in a season (103), assists in a game (16) and steals in a game (eight).
Dailey, who led the North Central Conference in assists three times, was also the starting shortstop on the USD softball team. Dailey never played on a losing basketball team. Dating back to her sophomore year at Jefferson where she was a member of three straight Class B championship teams, Dailey won 82 percent of the games she played in with 155 wins and only 34 losses.
Pancoast, a native of Sioux Falls, played for the Coyotes from 1981-85 and was a three-time all-North Central Conference performer. Named the NCC's most valuable player as a senior, Pancoast finished her career as USD's second all-time leading scorer with 1,591 points. A two-time academic all-NCC selection and three times named the league's player of the week, Pancoast led the NCC in scoring during her junior year with 18.3 points per game and that year she set USD's single-game scoring mark with 37 points.
During her career, she was the Coyotes' leading scorer in 43 of the 86 games in which she was a starter. Pancoast, who was also a starting outfielder on the USD softball team, was the recipient of the Miss South Dakota Basketball Award after leading Sioux Falls Washington to the state championship as a senior with a 23-0 record.
Garner, a native of Sioux Falls and a prep standout at Sioux Falls O'Gorman, Garner played nose guard for the Coyote football team and he was voted the most valuable defensive lineman in the North Central Conference as a senior in 1973. That year Garner and his teammates allowed opponents only 2.8 yards per rush. A member of two NCC championship teams in 1972 and 1973, Garner established a school record for fumble recoveries with six during his junior campaign.
Willey, a native of Onawa, IA, was the head women's cross-country and track and field coach from 1984 to 1994. Willey directed the Coyotes to their first ever North Central Conference championship when USD claimed the league's indoor crown in 1989. For his efforts he was named the College Women's Coach of the Year by the South Dakota Sportswriters Association.
That season the Coyotes finished sixth at the NCAA indoor meet and were second at the conference outdoor meet. By season's end South Dakota had broken five state records, 15 school marks and had six athletes earn seven NCAA all-America certificates. The following season the Coyotes captured both the 1990 NCC indoor and outdoor titles. Named NCC Coach of the Year four times, Willey coached the Coyotes to their highest national finish ever when the 1994 contingent of only four athletes finished seventh with 30 points � which was also the highest point total in school history at the time.
A former Iowa State champion in the 220 and high jump while attending West Monona High School, Willey was a conference champion for the Coyotes in the 400 and the decathlon. Willey earned all-America honors twice in the decathlon in 1979 and 1980 with third-place national finishes. He set the USD school record in the decathlon and he also ran on the record-setting distance medley relay team.