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South Dakota hires former assistant Eric Peterson as new men's basketball coach

Craig Smith assistant to return to Vermillion for head job

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University of South Dakota

VERMILLION, S.D. — The University of South Dakota announced Tuesday, March 15 it has hired Eric Peterson to be the Coyotes' new men's basketball coach.

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Eric Peterson

Peterson will be formally introduced at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the DakotaDome Club on the USD campus.

Peterson returns to South Dakota where he served as an assistant to Craig Smith for four seasons from 2014-18. The Coyotes won their first Summit League title in year three during the 2016-17 season and won 26 games while advancing to the championship game of the Summit League Tournament during the 2017-18 campaign.

He replaces Todd Lee, who was fired March 10 after four seasons coaching the Coyotes and leading USD to a record of 66-52 overall and 39-26 in conference play.

Peterson, a native of West Salem, Wisconsin, has remained on Smith's staff through three seasons at Utah State and this past season at Utah. He was previously a head coach at Williston State (N.D.) College from 2012-14.

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