History of the Coyotes
The South Dakota Coyotes have a long and storied history of success in college sports. The program was founded in 1889 when the University of South Dakota (USD) was established. Since then, the Coyotes have been among the most successful NCAA Division I athletics programs.
Throughout their history, the Coyotes have won numerous conference championships and made multiple appearances in NCAA tournaments across various sports such as football, basketball, volleyball, and track & field. In addition to these successes on the court or field, USD has produced some outstanding individual athletes who became professional stars domestically and abroad.
In 2019-2020 alone, several standout performances from Coyote athletes led them to great success throughout all levels of competition: Football QB Austin Simmons earned All-American honors while leading his team into postseason play; Basketball guard Stanley Umude became a two-time Summit League Player Of The Year; Volleyball player Elizabeth Juhnke set school records for kills per set during her senior campaign; Track & Field athlete Chris Nilsen broke three world records en route to becoming an eight-time NCAA Champion!
These accomplishments are just a few examples demonstrating why USD is considered one of America’s premier collegiate athletic programs today – they consistently produce excellent teams and remarkable individuals who go above expectations yearly! Whether you’re an avid fan or simply looking for something new to follow this season, keep your eyes peeled for what else this fantastic university can offer next!
College Sports Established
Vermillion, South Dakota
University of South Dakota
2011 - Present / NCAA Division I
2011 - Present / Summit League
Coyotes - Sports fans in South Dakota have been cheering on the Coyotes for years, but do you know where the nickname originated from? The University of South Dakota’s athletic teams are known as the Coyotes, and their mascot is named Charlie Coyote. But where did this unique name come from?
The origin story dates back to 1903 when USD was still called the University of South Dakota School of Law. At that time, a group of students had formed an unofficial football team called “the Coyotes” due to their tenaciousness and determination while playing against other teams. This nickname stuck around until 1911, when it became official after being adopted by faculty members and students.
Since then, there has been much debate over why precisely these law schoolers chose such an unusual moniker for their team – some believe it was because coyotes were common in rural areas near Vermillion at that time; others suggest it could be related to Native American culture or even a reference to William Fetterman who fought off Sioux warriors during Red Cloud's War in 1866 (Fetterman famously shouted “Come on! You sons-of-bitches! Do you want me? Here I am!"). Whatever its true origins, though, one thing is sure: The spirit behind this fierce animal lives strong today with every roar heard inside Sanford Stadium whenever USD takes center stage!
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