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Track and Field Coach Gottsleben Announces Retirement

Photo of Dave Gottsleben. Head men’s track and field coach Dave Gottsleben has announced his retirement.

VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota head men’s track and field coach Dave Gottsleben has announced his retirement from coaching following a fruitful 33-year career at South Dakota.

Gottsleben was twice named the NCAA Division II Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association. He has won more conference championships than any coach in USD history with 20 between men’s cross country and men’s indoor and outdoor track and field.

Under Gottsleben, the Coyote men accumulated 125 All-America awards with seven NCAA titles and 13 NCAA runner-up finishes. USD’s lone NCAA Division II team title also came under Gottsleben at the 1997 NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Gottsleben’s teams have captured 20 conference championships between the North Central Conference, the Great West Conference and the Summit League. The Coyotes were one of the most consistent teams in the NCC with six NCC titles, 15 runner-up performances and a pair of third-place efforts in the last 24 NCC meets.

Gottsleben has been inducted to the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame (2015), Howard Wood Dakota Relays Hall of Fame (2016) and Sioux City Relays Hall of Fame (2001). He also received the NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Coaches Association Award in 1994 for his distinguished service to Division II track and field.

Gottsleben and his wife, Helen, reside in Yankton. He has one daughter, Kendra.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News