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 third season at South Dakota in 2018-19.
Plitzuweit garnered Summit League Coach of the Year honors in just her second year at the helm after the Coyotes swept the Summit League regular season, advanced to the WNIT quarterfinals and compiled a 29-7 record in 2017-18.
In her first two seasons at USD, the Coyotes compiled a 52-16 record with a pair of Women's National Invitation Tournament berths. USD won the 2017-18 Summit League regular season title with a 14-0 record, becoming the first Summit League champion to go undefeated in league play in 24 years. In the postseason, the Coyotes reached the WNIT quarterfinals after a thrilling overtime victory against Michigan State. South Dakota recorded its fourth-straight 20-win season and eighth consecutive postseason appearance at the Division I level.
Plitzuweit has coached three all-Summit League players including 2018 Summit League Defensive Player of the Year Jasmine Trimboli, two-time all-league first team pick Allison Arens and all-league first team player Ciara Duffy.
Plitzuweit has compiled a 240-109 record for a winning percentage of .688 in 11 years as a head coach. She has guided programs to 21 winning seasons in 23 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 10 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. The Coyotes earned a pair of WNIT berths, advancing to the quarterfinals of the tournament last season.
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.