South Dakota Hires Dawn Plitzuweit as Women’s Basketball Coach
The University of South Dakota women's basketball team, the reigning WNIT champions, will be led by a new head coach who has a NCAA title on her resume'.
Northern Kentucky head coach Dawn Plitzuweit (pronounced PLITTS-zoo-white) has been hired as the tenth head coach in USD history. She replaces Amy Williams, who left earlier this month to take over at Nebraska.
Plitzuweit has compiled a 188-93 record in nine years as a head coach. Her teams have advanced to the postseason eight times, including four straight WBI appearances at Northern Kentucky since 2013. The Norse advanced as far as round two in 2014.
At Division II Grand Valley State, Plitzuweit's teams made the post postseason four times in five years. The Lakers advanced to the Elite Eight in 2005 and won the NCAA National Championship in 2006.
Plitzuweit, a former player at Michigan Tech, also has 11 years as an assistant coach, working under her college coach, Kevin Borseth, at Michigan Tech, Wisconsin - Green Bay and Michigan.
The West Bend, Wisconsin native will be formally introduced at a press conference in Vermillion, Monday, April 25, 2016.
The Coyotes are losing the most successful senior class in the school's Division I history, saying good bye to their top three scorers (Nicole Seekamp, Tia Hemiller, and Kelly Stewart) and most accurate shooter (Margaret McCloud).
Caitlin Duffy is the lone returning starter. She averaged nine points and four rebounds a game last year. Fellow incoming seniors Jasmine Trimboli, Bridget Arens, and Abigail Fogg all played big roles on a very deep USD team last season, combining for 14 points and eight rebounds a game.
Junior Kate Liveringhouse played in all 38 games last season, averaging seven points and four rebounds a game. South Dakota State transfer Kaitlyn Severyn, a former high school all-state player at Pierre, will join the Coyotes as a sophomore next season.