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South Dakota Coyotes Football
South Dakota Coyotes football
South Dakota Coyotes wordmark.svg
First season1889
Athletic directorDavid Herbster
Head coachBob Nielson
3rd season, 16-19 (.457)
(Capacity: 10,000)
LocationVermillion, South Dakota
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferenceMissouri Valley
All-time record
Playoff appearances1 (2017)
Playoff record1-1
RivalriesNorth Dakota State Bison
South Dakota State Jackrabbits
North Dakota Fighting Hawks
ColorsRed and White[1]
Fight songHail, South Dakota!
MascotCharlie Coyote
For information on all University of South Dakota sports, see South Dakota Coyotes

The South Dakota Coyotes football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the University of South Dakota located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. South Dakota's first football team was fielded in 1889. The team plays its home games at the 10,000 seat DakotaDome in Vermillion, South Dakota.



  • 1952-1959: NAIA
  • 1956-1972: NCAA College Division
  • 1973-2007: NCAA Division II
  • 2008-present: NCAA Division I FCS

Conference memberships

FCS Playoffs results

The Coyotes have appeared in the FCS playoffs one time. Their record is 1-1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2017 First Round
Second Round
Nicholls State
Sam Houston State
W 38-31
L 42-54

Record versus Missouri Valley Football Conference

  • Records through the end of the 2016-2017 school year.


Opponent Win % Wins Losses Ties Last meeting
Illinois State .167 1 5 - Won 27-24 on 10/22/16
Indiana State .667 2 1 - Won 33-30 on 10/15/2016
Missouri State .500 2 2 - Won 40-10 on 10/24/2015
North Dakota State .335 26 53 3 Lost 21-28 on 11/19/2016
Northern Iowa .415 19 27 1 Won 28-25 on 10/8/2016
South Dakota State .496 52 53 7 Lost 28-21
Southern Illinois .333 1 2 - Lost 28-35 11/5/2016
Western Illinois .286 2 5 - Lost 34-35 10/29/2016
Youngstown State .000 0 5 - Lost 20-30 on 10/1/2016

Notable former players

Notable alumni include:


  1. ^ University of South Dakota Graphic Standards and Editorial Guide. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ "South Dakota Historical Data (Football)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2015.

External links

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