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Nebraska Assistant Craig Smith to Take Over South Dakota Basketball

Top Nebraska assistant coach Craig Smith will take over the South Dakota men’s basketball program for the 2014-15 season.

Smith will be introduced at a press conference in Vermillion Monday afternoon.

The Stephen, Minnesota native has been a head coach and assistant all over the upper midwest during his career, including assistant stops at Mayville State, Northern State (graduate assistant), Minot State, North Dakota State, and Colorado State.

Apart from a three-week stint as interim head coach at Colorado State in 2012, all of Smith’s head coaching experience has come at the NAIA level, where 72-29 at Mayville State, including a trip to the Division II National Championship game in 2007.  That same season Smith was the national NAIA Coach of the Year.

Four of the stops in Smith’s career have been as a member of Tim Miles staff, including the last two seasons at Nebraska.

Smith replaces USD interim coach Joey James, who headed the program last season after the resignation of Dave Boots in September 2013 after 25 years.

Last season, the Coyotes went 12-18, finishing as the number five seed in the Summit League Tournament, where they lost in round one to Denver.

USD graduates starters Trevor Gruis and Karim Rowson from that team, but return Brandon Bos, Tyler Flack, and Trey Norris, who each stared 25 or more games last season.

 

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