USD athletics to host dinner auction June 2

USD athletics to host dinner auction June 2
The University of South Dakota Athletics Department, using a theme of "A Coyote Celebration – Approaching a Century of Men's Basketball History," will host its annual dinner auction at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 2 in the Ramkota Conference Center (3200 W. Maple) in Sioux Falls.

The event, which will raise funds to support scholarships for student-athletes at USD, will include a silent auction followed by the dinner and the live auction.

For the auction, tables of eight are being sold for $400, while individual tickets may be purchased for $60. The auction will feature silent and live auction items, including sports memorabilia and trips.


KSFY News co-anchor Nancy Naeve and former Coyote basketball player, Doug "Joe" Moeller of San Diego, CA, both graduates of USD, will serve as the emcees for the auction. Moeller is the president of the San Diego International Sports Council.

The program will include short talks by former Coyote men's basketball players Rick Nissen, MD, of Edina, MN, Greg Lansing of Iowa City, IA, Shane Murphy of Sioux Falls, Jeremy Kudera of Rochester, MN, and Turner Trofholz, of Schuyler, NE, who was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches National Men's Division II Player of the Year in 2005-06, as he led the Coyotes to the national playoffs. USD Athletics will also recognize former Coyote basketball players and coaches as well as members of the 1958 USD team that won the small college national championship.

Nissen, USD's captain and team MVP for two years (1974-76), was an Academic All-America selection in 1975 and Academic All-NCC in both 1974-75 and 1975-76. When he left USD, the Miller, native had scored the third most points (1,452, which currently ranks 10th) in school history and was first (currently ranks third) in career assists (598). He was selected All-NCC at guard in both 1974-75 and 1975-76. He averaged double digits all four seasons at USD, including 18.7 points per game as a senior. He was a four-year starter and started 100 straight games in his career.

Lansing, who received both a B.S. degree in education and a M.A. degree in counseling in 1992, is a former Iowa men's basketball assistant coach. A four-year letter winner at USD from 1986-90, Lansing played a key role for the 1989-90 USD team that went 22-10, won the initial NCC post-season tournament title and finished third at the NCAA Division II North Central Region tournament. A native of Harlan, IA, he also played baseball at USD and was a graduate assistant for two years for USD head men's basketball coach Dave Boots.

Murphy, who served as an assistant coach for seven-years under USD head basketball coach Dave Boots, is the head men's basketball coach at the University of Sioux Falls (115-54, five seasons). Murphy was selected All-NCC in 1994, the same year he also was selected Academic All-NCC. Murphy, who transferred to USD from Drake in 1992, led USD to consecutive North Central Regional crowns and berths in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight Championships in 1992-93 and 1993-94. A native of Harlan, Iowa, he scored 752 points and secured 268 rebounds in two seasons as a Coyote.

Kudera, originally of Dell Rapids, was a three-time Academic All-NCC selection and a two-time Academic All-American (1999-00). He was also All-NCC three years, and led the Coyotes to three straight league titles from 1999 to 2001. Kudera, who led USD to appearances in the NCAA Division II playoffs in 1998-99 and 2000-01, ranks 11th in scoring at USD (1,352 points) and is fourth on the career three-point chart (225). Kudera, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in 2001 and an M.D. degree in 2005, is a resident at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Kudera was selected the recipient of the NCC's Stan Marshall Award (highest honor accorded a student-athlete in the NCC) in 2002 and also received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Trofholz, who was also the Division II Men's Bulletin National Player of the Year in 2005-06, is the first student-athlete in school history to accumulate both 1,900 points (1,931; 3rd) and 900 rebounds (917; 2nd). He is the only NABC Men's National Player of the Year in USD or NCC history. A two-time MVP of the NCC, Trofholz led USD to an 88-35 record in his career at South Dakota. He scored in double figures 91 times, including 65 straight games to conclude his career. Recently, Trofholz was named the USD Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was selected one of 14 honor athletes by the NCC. This year, he was selected to four All-America teams (NABC; Men's Division II Bulletin; Daktronics, Inc.; and Basketball Times). He received six All-American recognitions while at USD.

For more information about the Dinner Auction, call USD Athletics, at 605-677-5309 or go to www.usdcoyotes.com.

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