4/25/16 – Dawn Plitzuweit Named Head Coach at South Dakota

Original article (Plitzuweit Introduced as Head Coach) on the University of South Dakota athletic website goyotes.com.

Dawn Plitzuweit was introduced as the 10th South Dakota women’s basketball coach in program history during a press conference held Monday morning in the Muenster University Center on the USD campus.
 
USD athletic director David Herbster introduced Plitzuweit after President Jim Abbott provided opening remarks.
 
“It’s a great day to be a Coyote and it’s a great year to be a Coyote,” said Abbott. “Today is a particularly fun and wonderful day as we announce our great new hire for our women’s basketball program.”
 
Herbster addressed Plitzuweit’s championship background, remarking on her history of conference championships, NCAA tournaments and how she coached Grand Valley State to the 2006 NCAA Division II national title.
 
“The values that we live by in this athletic department and on campus are evident in Dawn’s philosophy,” said Herbster. “Words like integrity, passion, responsibility, accountability and confidence are what drive us to be successful in competition, in the classroom and in life.”
 
Plitzuweit has compiled a 188-93 record with a .669 winning percentage in her nine years as a head coach. In her 21 years of coaching experience, 19 programs have had winning seasons including 10 NCAA tournament appearances.
 
“I learned very quickly why the University of South Dakota is a very special place,” said Plitzuweit. “It really starts with the people who are here, and because of the commitment this university has made to excellence. There is great tradition here for the Coyotes.”
 
Plitzuweit also mentioned her excitement for the opening of the Sanford Coyote Sports Complex.
 
“I felt like a 6-year-old kid on Christmas when I toured the brand new Sanford Coyote Sports Center,” said Plitzuweit. “It’s now time to pack the stands and blow the roof right off that thing.”
 
Plitzuweit spent the last four years guiding Northern Kentucky through the Division I transition, as the Norse accumulated a 71-54 record and reached four WBI tournaments.
 
A native of West Bend, Wis., Plitzuweit and her husband, Jay, have a son, A.J., and a daughter, Lexi.