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David Herbster Explores Championship Culture on Credit Hour Podcast

David Herbster Athletic Director at USD David Herbster discussed championship culture on Credit Hour, the University of South Dakota's official podcast.

VERMILLION, S.D. – In honor of this year’s Dakota Days homecoming celebration, University of South Dakota Athletic Director David Herbster discussed what the University’s championship culture means to the community on the latest episode of Credit Hour.

As the Coyote Football team prepares to take on Missouri State at Saturday’s game, Herbster describes how championship culture exemplifies what it means to be a team.

Herbster defines USD’s championship culture as “growth, empowerment, setting expectations, holding people accountable and giving them the resources to be successful.”

He discussed that in all aspects of life, there are games within games. In order to grow, one must learn how to face unforeseen challenges, both physical and mental, and learn to cope with failure.

Championship culture is ultimately achieved when the process of being a team is met, Herbster said. “One has to understand how integral the pieces of every teammate needs to be in order to win,” he said.

“Championship culture isn’t just relevant in sports. It’s essential for any organization looking to improve its performance,” said Michael Ewald, host of Credit Hour.

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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