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Boots Steps Down At USD

The University of South Dakota head men’s basketball coach is retiring after 25 years in Vermillion.

David Boots is the winningest coach in program history, posting a 503-235 record for a win percentage of 0.681.

The 57-year-old led the Coyotes to 23 consecutive winning seasons from 1989-2011, 10 NCAA Division II tournaments, six North Central Conference championships and back-to-back Elite Eight appearances in 1993 and 1994.

At the Division I level, Boots won a Great West Championship in 2010, which culminated with a berth in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

Boots amassed 618 wins in 32 seasons as a head basketball coach. He holds the 14th-most wins in Division II history (603) and is a seven-time conference coach of the year honoree.

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