Jack Doyle inducted into NACDA Hall of Fame

Jack Doyle inducted into NACDA Hall of Fame
Jack Doyle, who served as the athletics director at The University of South Dakota for 15 years, was inducted into the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Hall of Fame on Thursday, June 22 during NACDA's 41st annual convention in New Orleans, LA.

Doyle, who now works at the USD Foundation, and 21 other distinguished administrators were honored during the Hall of Fame ceremony, at the U.S. Sports Academy Director's Cup Awards Luncheon in New Orleans.

"I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to serve as athletics director at USD," said Doyle. "I am appreciative and honored that the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics decided to honor me."


From 1995-97, Doyle served as chair of both the NCAA Division II National Basketball Committee and the North Central Region Advisory Committee for basketball. He also served on the NCAA President's Commission Liaison Committee and was a member of NACDA's Executive Committee.

NACDA is the professional and educational association for more than 6,100 college athletics directors, associates, assistants and conference administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. The NACDA also operates the Sports Academy Directors' Cup program, which honors the all-sport champion in each of the NCAA Divisions.

Doyle joined the USD athletic department in 1971 as an assistant men's basketball coach and was named the Coyote's head basketball coach in 1973. He also served as the executive assistant athletic director. Doyle was the men's basketball coach for nine years before resigning in March of 1982 to become the acting athletic director. During his tenure as basketball coach, Doyle compiled the fourth-best record in school history with a mark of 106-119.

In April of 1983, Doyle was named the athletic director at USD. Doyle served as USD's Athletics Director for 15 years before retiring in 1998. Under Doyle's leadership, USD won 21 North Central Conference championships in various sports. USD played in the 1986 NCAA football championship game and earned consecutive appearances in the Division II Elite Eight national basketball tournament while Doyle was A.D.

In addition, Doyle initiated numerous upgrades in the DakotaDome, including an eight-lane 200-meter track that was installed in 1996; installation of a Bose sound system; a new Daktronics custom scoreboard; artificial turf for football; and other renovations. In May of 1999, he received the NCC Honor Award.

"I feel fortunate that I was able to assemble a very successful coaching staff during my time as athletic director," said Doyle. "I give most of the credit for our success as a department to the coaches, who helped foster a team atmosphere. I am grateful for their hard work and effort," he said.

Doyle remains active with USD Athletics by serving on the Coyote Sports Hall of Fame Committee. Doyle and his wife, Lois, live in Vermillion and they have seven children.

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