Longtime South Dakota coach David Boots walks off after 25 years

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

With less than a month before the start of practices, South Dakota is now in need of a head coach. Longtime coach David Boots abruptly announced his retirement Wednesday, ending a 25-year tenure with the school.

In total Boots won 503 games with the Coyotes. The 57-year-old coach leaves as the winningest one in USD basketball history. He won 618 games over 32 years on the bench. South Dakota notes the program was .500 or better for 23 straight years, from 1989-2011. The team moved from Division II to Division I in 2009.

"For the past 25 years, I have enjoyed leading the Coyote basketball program," Boots said in a statement. "The time has come for a new face and new voice to now lead. ... USD was truly a special place for our family. I would like to thank all of the assistant coaches that worked with me over the years and a special thanks to Coach (Joey) James and Coach (Chris) Kassin for their many years of commitment and loyalty. They made my job easy."

South Dakota athletic director s David Herbster said in a statement, "Timing is never ideal and I know he didn't reach this decision without careful thought and consideration. Coach Boots has left an impact on basketball in the state of South Dakota, and his 25 years of service to the game here on this campus has left the foundation of an incredibly strong program.”

The Coyotes finished 10-20 last season.

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