Higgins resigns as USD athletic director

Higgins resigns as USD athletic director The University of South Dakota has announced that Dr. Kelly Higgins has decided to step down from his position as athletic director, effective July 1, for personal reasons.

Higgins will remain at the university and the athletic department as a special assistant to the vice president for an interim period working on compliance and facility issues, as well as assisting in the transition to a new athletic director.� Higgins may also take on a role in the HPER department as an assistant professor if needed during this interim period.

Under Higgins' leadership since 1998, the athletic programs have seen considerable success including 12 North Central Conference Championships, over 120 All-Americans, several individual national champions, and over 80 All-NCC performers.

Higgins has also been responsible for a number of successful initiatives including improved funding for women's athletics, the founding of a corporate sponsorship program, development of a sports medicine partnership with Sioux Valley Hospital, starting three new women's sports (golf, soccer and tennis), departmental reorganization and facility renovations inside and outside the DakotaDome.�

The university will conduct a national search for his replacement. The athletic review committee appointed by President Abbott several months ago will be asked to broaden the scope of their duties to identify the leadership qualities required to lead Coyote athletics into the future.�

Once the committee has made its recommendations a national search for a new director will commence. Greg Redlin, vice president for finance and administration, will assume the duties of athletic director on an interim basis effective July 1.�

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