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Tuesday, September 3, 2013
South Dakota's Dave Boots retiring

By Jeff Goodman
ESPN.com

South Dakota men's basketball coach Dave Boots has retired after 25 years at the school.

Boots, 57, departs with a 503-235 career mark -- and the news comes less than a month before the official start of practice. He took the program from Division II into the Division I ranks and led the Coyotes to 23 consecutive winning seasons from 1989 to 2011.

"For the past 25 years, I've enjoyed leading the Coyote basketball program," he said in a statement. "The time has come for a new face and a new voice to now lead."

South Dakota finished 10-20 this past season -- its second in the Summit League. The team made the transition into Division I in 2008-09, won the Great West championship in 2009-10 and then went into the Summit in 2011-12.

There was no immediate announcement from South Dakota as to who will take over for Boots.