The University of South Dakota has had an interim athletic director since December when David Sayler left for Miami University in Ohio. David Herbster has been running the department since then, and Friday morning was officially named the 13th Athletic Director in USD history.
"Since joining the University of South Dakota in 2007, David Herbster has been an integral part of the university's growth. He'll continue to be that guiding force as the schools new Athletic Director."
"There is nothing more rewarding than having that trust and confidence, not only by the President, but the staff, the community, our alums and boosters" David Herbster said. "Extremely humbling and gratifying."
In 2006 the Coyotes began the transition of becoming a Division I school. Herbster played a hands on role, securing bids in the Summit League and the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
"Knowing where we were back in 2007, to where we are now, we've gone light years in that transition," Herbster said. "Academically our grade point average elevated, competitively we won conference championships during the transition, but couldn't participate in NCAA postseason. But, that being said, we're always going to set the bar high and we should."
Herbster has also been instrumental in raising funds for USD's $68 million facilities expansion, which includes a new arena for basketball and outdoor track and soccer complex.
"You have to be creative. You have to connect. We have to communicate. The key is to make people feel like they're a part of the process and a part of the team," Herbster said. "The Dome has been such an iconic building in this region for the past 33-plus years. What we're about to embark on now, will be just as iconic for the state for the next 30-35 years."
But, most importantly, with the ever changing conference landscape, Herbster is focused on ensuring program stability.
"It seems like every other week somebody is moving somewhere," he said. We have to position ourselves to be a great member of the Summit League and the Missouri Valley Football Conference. I think that's our goal, to make sure wherever we go we're the strongest member of the conference."
Herbster also served as the AD at Nebraska-Omaha and Concordia-St. Paul. He's a Virginia Tech graduate, where he was the captain of the basketball team in 1991.
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