Hemenway is USD assistant BB coach

Hemenway is USD assistant BB coach South Dakota Head Basketball Coach Dave Boots has announced that former Coyote standout John Hemenway has been named the school's fulltime assistant men's basketball coach.

"John will be a welcome addition to our staff," said Boots. "As a former player, John is familiar with our system. He brings many positive qualities to our program. He excels at recruiting and has a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be important to our program," said Boots, whose team went 19-8 and 11-7 (fifth) in the North Central Conference last year.

Most recently, Hemenway was the men's basketball assistant coach and sports information director at Chaminade University. His new responsibilities began at South Dakota on Aug. 1.

Hemenway replaces former Coyote assistant Andy Markowski, who took a position with Bowling Green earlier this summer.

"This is a great opportunity for me," said Hemenway, who was a two-time all-NCC (1995, 1996) selection. "South Dakota has a great tradition of success in basketball. I enjoyed my time as a student-athlete at USD and now I have the opportunity to make a solid contribution to one of the best programs in the NCC and NCAA Division II," he said.

Hemenway spent two seasons at Chaminade where he was an assistant coach to Aaron Griess, as the Silverswords went 32-22 (2000-02). He served as recruiting coordinator for a program that produced Chaminade's first winning season since 1987 and consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1985-87. Previously, he was an assistant coach for Jerry Schmutte at Morningside College in Sioux City, IA, from 1997-2000. While at Morningside, the Mustangs were 65-44 and Hemenway served as co-head coach for 14 games during the 1998-99 season, compiling a 10-4 record and winning eight of the last nine games for a second place finish in the NCC.

From 1992-96, Hemenway was a standout point guard for the Coyotes. A three-year starter and two-year co-captain for South Dakota, he earned all-North Central Region honors and was a CoSIDA second team all-American in 1996. He helped lead the Coyotes to a remarkable 89-25 mark, two NCC titles and two NCAA Division Elite 8 appearances.

During Hemenway's senior season (1996), he averaged 19.6 points and 6.8 assists per game while earning first-team all-North Central Region honors. When he left USD, he held six Coyote school records. Hemenway ranks fourth all-time at South Dakota with 486 career assists. His 197 assists during the 1994-95 season is the third best seasonal total in school history. He scored over 30 points three times in his career including a high of 34.

The Rockton, IL native earned a bachelor of science degree in education in 1996 and a master of arts degree in health, physical education, and recreation in 1998, both from USD.

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