Dave Boots will remain at USD

Dave Boots will remain at USD South Dakota head men's basketball coach Dave Boots, the school's career wins leader, has made a long term commitment to stay at The University of South Dakota, according to USD Athletic Director Kelly Higgins.

"As far as I'm concerned Dave Boots is the best men's basketball coach in the North Central Conference and NCAA Division II, and I'm extremely happy that he has given me his personal commitment to remain with the USD Athletic Department as head coach and assistant athletic director well into the future. He is a class individual that runs a first class program. He is a pleasure to work with at all times, and his personal commitment insures us that the future of Coyote men's basketball is a bright one," said Higgins.

During Boots' tenure, the Coyotes have a 271-106 record, including a 157-77 (.671) mark in the North Central Conference. He has won five NCC titles, including the last three NCC titles in succession. His teams have won 162 of 184 home games. His teams have averaged 21 wins per season during his 13 years at South Dakota.

"With the help of many people, we have been able to build a strong tradition at The University of South Dakota," Boots said. "I thank the players, past and present, my coaching staff, the administration, fans and so many others. I believe it is in the best interest of my family, my staff and others close to me that we continue to build our program at South Dakota.

"The past 13 years have been a lot of fun," he continued "Peggy and I, with our sons Nathan and Jordan, very much enjoy Vermillion and The University of South Dakota. I feel very good about the decision to stay at USD."

Boots was named the NCC Coach of the Year for the third consecutive season. This is the fifth time Boots has been named the NCC's Coach of the Year. He was named the NCAA Division II North Central Region Kodak District Coach of the Year in 1993, 1994 and 2000. Twice (1994 and 2000), Boots has been named the South Dakota Men's College Coach of the Year and twice he was the MIAC Coach of the Year.

This year, his team had a 22-6 overall record including 14-4 in the NCC. His team was ranked as high as #3 nationally the NABC/Division II Bulletin. During the last three conference winning seasons, the Coyotes have won 41 of 54 games for 76 percent.

During his tenure, nine Coyote squads have won 20 games and two squads coached by Boots won regional titles and advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight National Championships. All 13 of his teams have posted winning records.

A total of 26 players have been named all-NCC and 19 players have been named to the academic all-NCC squad. He has had two academic all-Americans and an all-American.

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