USD to honor Jack Doyle February 12

USD to honor Jack Doyle February 12 The University of South Dakota will honor former Coyote Athletic Director Jack Doyle when the USD basketball team hosts North Dakota on Saturday, Feb. 12.

Doyle will be recognized during halftime of the men's game.

Doyle, who served as South Dakota's director of athletics for 15 years, earned his undergraduate (1957) and master's degree (1966) from the University of Wyoming. A high school graduate of Power Memorial in New York, Doyle had a successful 14-year coaching career in South Dakota high schools, including stops at Lead and Faith.

Doyle joined the USD athletic family in 1971 as an assistant basketball coach. He was named the school's 13th head coach in 1973, and he assumed the dual position of executive assistant athletic director in charge of fund raising in 1981.

Doyle led the Coyote basketball fortunes for nine years before resigning in 1982, departing as USD's third winningest coach to devote full-time attention toward administrative duties.

Doyle was named athletic director at USD in April, 1983, after serving as acting athletic director since May, 1982. During his tenure as athletic director, South Dakota won 21 North Central Conference championships, seven regional titles and advanced to the NCAA playoffs on several occasions. USD earned a trip to the 1986 NCAA football championship game and made consecutive appearances in the Division II Elite Eight national basketball tournament.

In addition, Doyle oversaw a number of positive changes that took place within the DakotaDome.

During the summer of 1996 the DakotaDome experienced two major improvements. In June a new eight-lane 200-meter track (48-inch lanes) was installed, and in July a new artificial football turf was put down for the 1996 season. The year before, a new Bose public address system and a Daktronics custom scoreboard were installed. In addition, in the west side of the DakotaDome experienced major renovations over the years. It contains a state of the art weight room along with a regulation basketball and volleyball court.

Doyle constantly met the challenge of the rising costs of athletic scholarships through cooperation of alumni and friends of USD.

Doyle served as chairman of the NCAA Division II national basketball committee from 1995-97 and was the chairman of the North Central Region advisory committee in basketball. Doyle also served on the NCAA President's Commission Liason Committee and was a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

In May of 1999 Doyle received the North Central Conference Honor Award.

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