HEAD COACH DAWN PLITZUWEIT
Dawn Plitzuweit was named the 10th head coach in women’s basketball program history on April 22, 2016. Plitzuweit (PLITTS-zoo-white) enters her second season at South Dakota in 2017-18.
In her first season at USD, Plitzuweit guided the Coyotes to a 23-9 record with an at-large bid to the Women's National Invitation Tournament. South Dakota finished fourth in the Summit League, the 11th-best conference in the nation this season, with an 11-5 record. It was the program's third-straight 20-win season and seventh consecutive postseason appearance at the Division I level.
Plitzuweit has compiled a 211-102 record for a winning percentage of .674 in 10 years as a head coach. She has guided programs to 20 winning seasons in 22 years of coaching experience at the NCAA Division I and Division II levels including 10 NCAA tournament appearances.
As a head coach, Plitzuweit led her teams to nine postseason appearances highlighted by a 2006 NCAA Division II Championship at Grand Valley State. She also guided Northern Kentucky through the NCAA Division I transition with four consecutive WBI berths. South Dakota reached the second round of the WNIT in her first season at the helm.
Plitzuweit began her coaching career at her alma mater, Michigan Tech, under her collegiate coach, Kevin Borseth, in 1995. The pair teamed up for 11 seasons with stops at Michigan Tech, Green Bay and Michigan.
A 1995 graduate of Michigan Tech, Plitzuweit earned back-to-back Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year awards, four all-conference honors and three all-defensive team nods. She led the Huskies to a 99-22 record and four trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament. She was a Division II Bulletin second-team All-America selection and a two-time Kodak All-America honorable mention pick (1994, 1995). She earned WBCA All-Academic accolades in 1994 and 1995 and was named Michigan’s NCAA Woman of the Year in 1995.
A native of West Bend, Wis., Plitzuweit and her husband, Jay, have a son, A.J., and a daughter, Lexi.