Craig Smith introduced as Head Coach at South Dakota
By Nick Filipowski, Weekend Sports Anchor - bio | email
VERMILLION, SD (KTIV) -
When it comes to creating buzz and rejuvenating a program, South Dakota has done with just with the hiring of Craig Smith. Spending the majority of his career as an assistant to current Nebraska Head Coach Tim Miles, Smith has helped rebuild programs at North Dakota State, Colorado State and with the Huskers. Now as the head man for the Coyotes, he expects to do the same.
"I am so pumped to lead men's basketball in the right direction." Smith said.
South Dakota has been on Smith's radar since he first came to campus as an graduate assistant at Northern State in 1997.
"What I remember so vividly is the spirit at atmosphere in the Dakota Dome. They were heckling the head coach, the assistant coach, the starting five and the 12th man," Smith said. "They were giving us the business. That was my introduction Vermillion and the University of South Dakota and the tradition that we have."
There isn't a lot of rebuilding Smith has to do right away. He inherits a young but experienced Coyotes squad, losing just two seniors on a team that finished 12-18 and 5th overall in the Summit League.
"We want to get to the top of the Summit League. We want to win the tournament and get to the Big Dance," junior guard Brandon Bos said. "It's great that he feels that way as well."
Smith is just the first piece of the puzzle and there is still a lot of work to do, like finalizing his staff and hitting the road for recruiting. But, he believes the program is on the rise and said "If we're a stock, I'm going to buy."
SportsCraig Smith introduced as Head Coach at South DakotaMore>>
Top Stories on Our Sports Page[menu1474_4-C123698]
Friday, August 1 2014 4:03 AM EDT2014-08-01 08:03:30 GMT
Tiger Woods began his title defense in the Bridgestone Invitational with a perfect tee shot down the middle of the fairway and a shot that covered the flag until it settled 10 feet behind the hole. Three putts...More >>
Tiger Woods began his title defense in the Bridgestone Invitational with a perfect tee shot down the middle of the fairway and a shot that covered the flag until it settled 10 feet behind the hole. Three putts later, he...More >>
Friday, August 1 2014 3:39 AM EDT2014-08-01 07:39:31 GMT
Hundreds of cars submerged below murky water. A landmark basketball court, newly refurbished, showing signs of buckling. Soaked and stained carpets. An athletic track coated in mud.More >>
Repair crews on Thursday were shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at the water-logged University of California, Los Angeles, continued to assess damage from the...More >>
Friday, August 1 2014 12:43 AM EDT2014-08-01 04:43:07 GMT
A ticket stub signed by Lou Gehrig on the day he retired from baseball sold for $95,600 at an auction on Thursday, and the boxing gloves Muhammad Ali wore in the first of his three fights against Joe Frazier sold...More >>
A ticket stub signed by Lou Gehrig on the day he retired from baseball sold for $95,600 at an auction on Thursday, and the boxing gloves Muhammad Ali wore in the first of his three fights against Joe Frazier sold for...More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 10:23 PM EDT2014-08-01 02:23:29 GMT
A person with knowledge of the trade says the Oakland Athletics have won the Jon Lester sweepstakes, acquiring the left-hander along with outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder...More >>
Billy Beane considers Jon Lester a proven ace who can carry a pitching staff through the playoffs, just like he did last fall. The general manager acquired Lester to make sure Oakland gets there first.More >>
Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Kathy Clayton at (712) 239-4100 x209. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at email@example.com.