USD fires men's basketball coach Todd Lee after four seasons

Lee was 66-52 at USD including a 39-26 mark in Summit League play

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South Dakota Coyotes head coach Todd Lee looks to the bench in a Nov. 27, 2021 game against Nebraska at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska. <br/>
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VERMILLION, S.D. — The University of South Dakota announced Thursday, March 10 it has dismissed men’s basketball coach Todd Lee after four seasons.

“We greatly appreciate Coach Lee’s dedication to the men’s basketball program over the past four years,” said Athletic Director David Herbster in a news release. “We have decided to move the program in a different direction and will be initiating a search for a new head men’s basketball coach immediately. I am grateful to Todd for his leadership through unprecedented times and wish him all the best personally and professionally in his future endeavors.”

Lee was 66-52 at USD including a 39-26 mark in Summit League play and a 2-4 record at the Summit League Tournament. He was named Summit League Coach of the Year in 2021 when the team finished 14-11 in a COVID-shortened season.

The Coyotes were 19-12 with a fifth-place Summit League finish this season, with their season ending in the Summit League tournament semifinals with an 83-60 loss to rival South Dakota State. After the loss, Lee commended his team for maximizing its potential amid roster changes and injuries.

Lee, 58, is a Huron native and 1986 USD alum. USD was his first Division I head-coaching job after five seasons as an assistant coach at Grand Canyon. Lee replaced former Coyote coach Craig Smith, who left for Utah State and is now at Utah.

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