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South Dakota Coyotes football
2022 South Dakota Coyotes football team
South Dakota Coyotes wordmark.svg
First season1889
Athletic directorDavid Herbster
Head coachBob Nielson
5th season, 21–26 (.447)
(capacity: 9,100)
LocationVermillion, South Dakota
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferenceMissouri Valley Football Conference
All-time record514–497–36 (.508)
Playoff appearances2 (2017, 2021)
Playoff record1–2
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 9,100 seat DakotaDome in Vermillion, South Dakota.



Conference memberships

Playoff appearances

NCAA Division II

The Coyotes appeared in the Division II playoffs four times. Their record was 4–4.

Year Round Opponent Result
1973 Quarterfinals Boise State L, 10–53
1985 Quarterfinals
Central State (OH)
North Dakota State
W, 13–10 (2OT)
L, 7–16
1986 Quarterfinals
National Championship
UC Davis
Troy State
North Dakota State
W, 26–23
W, 42–28
L, 7–27
2006 First Round
Second Round
Grand Valley State
W, 31–28
L, 17–35

NCAA Division I-AA/FCS

The Coyotes have appeared in the FCS playoffs two times. Their record is 1–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
2017 First Round
Second Round
Nicholls State
Sam Houston State
W 38–31
L 42–54
2021 First Round Southern Illinois L 10–22

Record versus Missouri Valley Football Conference


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 April 16, 2016.
  2. ^ "South Dakota Historical Data (Football)". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. Retrieved October 7, 2015.