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USD Students Coordinate SD High School Football Championships

Ariel photo of DakotaDome and Sanford Coyotes Sports Center. USD kinesiology and sport management and media majors have helped coordinate the SD High School Football Championships at the DakotaDome the last two years.

VERMILLION, S.D. – While it’s not finals week yet, for University of South Dakota senior Taylor Staab, much of this semester has been spent preparing for this weekend–the South Dakota High School Football Championships.

"It's hard to say how many hours we've put into the championship,” said Staab, a sport marketing and media major. “There hasn't been a day where we haven't invested any time into it. I can be in the middle of class and think of a phone call or email I have to make.”

Working with other kinesiology and sport management majors, Staab has been one of two student leaders to chair a group of 32 students preparing for an influx of thousands of visitors to Vermillion over the course of the three day football championships. Corey Price, a senior sport management major also chairs the event committee.

“For the last seven weeks all my time has revolved around making sure the championships go off without a problem,” she said.

And while preparation has been key, Staab said the volunteers will continue to help coordinate the event hosted at the DakotaDome.

“During the game we'll be working with radio personnel and media, posting our social media with live updates, pictures and videos, and running the promotions on the field,” said Staab.

Overall, Staab said she’s learned many lessons including time management and attention to detail.

“Even with little things...we've let a few mistakes slip past us, but we learned from those,” she said.


USD's School of Education is transformative in preparing students both inside and outside the classroom. Its research- and practitioner-based programs train future educators, counselors, leaders, fitness and sport-related professionals for successful careers. The school focuses on a comprehensive learning experience, lifelong learning and developing professionals grounded in best practice. The school’s divisions include counseling and psychology, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, kinesiology and sport management, and teacher residency and education.


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