Genzler moves across campus as new SID for Coyote sports Dan Genzler, former director of Media Relations at The University of South Dakota, is now sports information director for Coyote athletics. by M. Jill Karolevitz A familiar figure on The University of South Dakota campus has left his job � but not USD.
Dan Genzler, 40, who has been associated with the office of Media Relations since 1986, is now sports information director for Coyote athletics. He replaces former SID Kyle Johnson and began his new duties July 1.
�This will be a very interesting and fun change, working with Coyote sports,� Genzler said. �USD athletics have been a passion of mine since high school. I appreciate the opportunity to assist the sports program in getting information out as accurately, swiftly and concisely as possible.�
Genzler graduated from Gettysburg High School in 1978. He earned his undergraduate degree in political science and mass communications at USD in 1982. He received his master�s degree in political science in 1996, also from USD.
Prior to joining the staff at USD Media Relations in 1986, Genzler was employed with Oahe Publishing for two and a half years in Gettysburg where he worked for three weekly newspapers. He served as editor of the Potter County News for two of those years. He has also been a staff writer at the Mitchell Daily Republic.
At USD, Genzler served as a public information officer from 1986 to 1988. He was acting director of Media Relations from 1988 to 1990, and in January of 1991, he was named director. His resum� also includes serving as sports editor of the Volante, counselor/advisor for Journalism City of South Dakota�s Boys State from 1989 to 1999, press steward at the Drake Relays for eight different meets and volunteer for four men�s NCAA Division I road to the final four tournaments and one women�s Division I regional.
Genzler believes in the team approach to writing college sports stories.
�Promoting Coyote sports is very important to the institution,� he said. �But it can�t be done without a team concept. Everybody has to work together and I�m just one part of the team.�
Genzler will be working closely with Athletic Director Kelly Higgins, along with Eric Schoh, assistant athletic director, and Tina Coulston, marketing manager. He will also have close contact with area media and each of the USD coaches as sporting events are covered.
�Kelly will be a great person to work for,� Genzler said, �as will the people in this department and the coaches. I will also have to develop a working relationship with area media, which won�t be much different from my other position in Media Relations.�
Genzler also credits the Media Relations staff and USD Vice President Roger Kozak for aiding in his career move.
�All of the people in Media Relations have been great in making this transition possible,� he said. �I also appreciate what Roger Kozak has done for me. He has been at USD for a long time and served as a good mentor to me. Experience is a great teacher and he shared things with me that allowed me to grow. That has truly helped me believe that it�s people � both within USD and others � that make this institution work.�