BY JEREMY HOECK
VERMILLION — David Herbster had the interim athletic director tag removed from his title at the University of South Dakota on Thursday during an athletic department meeting with president Jim Abbott.
Herbster, in his sixth year with the department, was named interim A.D. last December after athletic director David Sayler resigned to take the same position at Miami University in Ohio.
The news that Herbster is now the permanent athletic director was greated with praise by his coaches and staff, according to USD volleyball coach Matt Houk.
“I feel like we’ve built a solid relationship, and there’s a lot of trust between myself and him, from coach to administrator,” Houk said. “I feel extremely confident in his ability to lead this department, to keep pushing us to bigger and better things.”
Abbott told the Press & Dakotan last December that Herbster’s interim status would stay the same until at least June 2013. An early decision, however, speaks to Herbster’s “groundwork,” Houk said.
“From a coaches standpoint, it would’ve been a little scary to bring someone brand new into this,” Houk said. “We’ve all been through the foundation that’s been laid through this transition process.”
Herbster previously served as director of athletic development for the USD Foundation. He was also interim A.D. from April 2010 to July 2010.
The Press & Dakotan will have more on this story in Friday’s edition.