Committee named to review USD athletics

Committee named to review USD athletics President James W. Abbott has announced that an athletics review committee will conduct a comprehensive review of all athletic programs at The University of South Dakota.

The committee, to be chaired by USD alumna Julie Ehret Greenfield, vice president and trust officer of First American Bank and Trust in Sioux Falls, includes current athletic staff, student athletes, alumni and members of the regional business community. Members of the committee affiliated with the University include athletics faculty representative and business school professor Jack Powell; head track and field coach Dave Gottsleben, head softball coach Kim Zarling, as well as students Bill Gassen of Rapid City, and James Stapleton of South Sioux City, NE. Committee members from the business community include Cathleen Tobin, vice president and managing director of Dain Rauscher, Edina, MN; Jim Ahrendt, president of First Dakota Bank, Yankton, and Kelby Krabbenhoft, chief executive officer of Sioux Valley Hospital & Health System in Sioux Falls.

"I'm confident that this knowledgeable committee will help the University think through the best course of action for our sports programs as we continue the strong tradition of Coyote athletics," said Abbott. "I'll be looking forward to receiving their recommendations."

According to Abbott, the committee will review and submit a recommendation about the long-term programmatic and financial plan for athletics. Specifically, the committee will do the following:

* Examine other NCAA Division II and Division I-AA athletic programs with the objective of comparing national and regional trends in varsity, club and recreational sports as well as finances and scholarships.

* Review and recommend possible changes to the U's athletic programs, based on recent developments in the North Central Conference.

* Recommend a long-term programmatic and financial plan that ensures a broad offering of competitive varsity, club and recreational sports programs that meet student demand. In addition, the committee will assess and make recommendations about fund-raising strategies that will assist the University in meeting future resource needs.

South Dakota athletics includes 16 programs, including nine women's (volleyball, softball, basketball, indoor track, outdoor track, swimming and diving, golf, tennis and soccer) and seven men's sports (football, basketball, baseball, indoor track, outdoor track, swimming and diving and golf.)

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