Men's Track Head Coach at the
South Dakota, Vermillion
(Dave) Gottsleben will begin his 19th season in 2002-03
as head men's track and field coach at the University of South Dakota, along with serving as
overall director of both the men's and women's cross country and track and field
At USD he has coached student-athletes that have earned 119 all-American honors,
as well as four national champions, a third-place NCAA Division II finish at the
1997 indoor meet, a fourth place finish at the 2001 indoor nationals and third
place at the 2000 outdoor national championships.
In spring 2001, he was awarded the North Central Coach of the Year for the
eighth time as he directed the men’s indoor team to a conference title and 4th
place at the NCAA Division II Indoor Nationals. He has led his teams to seven
top 10 NCAA finishes.
In 1997, he was named the Division II Men’s National Coach of the Year by the
U.S. Track Coaches Association and he was also selected the North Central Region
Coach of the Year for the sixth time in 2002. In 1994 he received the NCAA
Division II Men's and Women's Track and Field Coaches Association award for his
distinguished service to Division II track.
With the leadership of Gottsleben, the Coyotes have enjoyed a rich tradition,
placing fourth or better in 33 of the last 36 NCC indoor and outdoor meets. USD
is one of the most consistent NCC teams with 13 second place finishes, two-third
place efforts and six NCC championships in the last 22 NCC meets.
In 1992, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2000, and 2002, he was named NCAA Division II Central
Region Coach of the Year.
Gottsleben, a native of Brookings, SD, received his undergraduate (1975) and
Master's degree (1980) from South Dakota State. Gottsleben was the head coach at
Menno (SD) High School from 1975-1979, and head men's and women's track coach at
Dakota State from 1979-1983. Dave has one child: Kendra.
regional coach of the year
Winning never gets old. Just ask
Dave Gottsleben, the director of the South
Dakota Track and Field Program. Gottsleben was named the Mondo/U.S. Track
Coaches Association North Central Region Coach of the Year for the seventh time
he first won the award in 1992, Gottsleben remains humble. In fact, he
practically denies any credit in winning it. "The awards represent the program that we have here,"
Gottsleben said. "We have
a great coaching staff and great kids here, so it is not all about me."
Gottsleben guided his men's team to the 2005 North Central Conference Indoor
Championship held in the DakotaDome this spring. The men's squad piled up 245
total team points, which is the second best total in the history of the NCC.
Gottsleben's opinion, this year's title maybe the sweetest for the program. "This is a group of kids who started working last January, but we did not have
four returning All-Americans competing," Gottsleben said. "We started thinking
that we would not be successful, but we started competing and the thoughts of
winning started to evolve."
the conference meet, USD had eight individual and relay championships.
Fourteen USD athletes also had qualifying marks for the NCAA Division II Indoor
Championships on March 11.
year's team may have exceeded everyone's expectations, including the coaches. "A lot of people thought we should not have won," Gottsleben said. "And we
should not have won by 60 points. They definitely over performed there ability
Gottsleben has coached at USD for 21 years and he has been named NCC coach of
the years for either indoor or outdoor track and field eight times. He has had
127 student-athletes earn All-American honors to go along with four individual
Helping these student-athletes reach there goals and become all-Americans and
national champions is just part of the job for Gottsleben.
"It is gratifying because some kids can come in here and have that goal,"
Gottsleben said. "To be apart of that is incredible."
His teams have also included a third-place NCAA Division II finish at the 1997
indoor meet, a third-place finish at the 2000 outdoor national championships and
a fourth-place finish at the 2001 indoor nationals. He has led his teams to
seven finishs in the NCAA top 10.
what Gottsleben says about deserving the credit he has received,
freshman hurdler Terry Liggins feels that Gottsleben is very deserving of the
awards he has won.
"He is a good coach and he puts a lot of effort into his job," Liggins said. "He
has the special ability of getting us as a team to produce and get results. I
really enjoy having him as my coach and I take it as a privilege to be coached
is more important to
Gottsleben is making sure that his student-athletes
receive a good education. "I take pride in having four post-graduate NCAA scholarships winners from last
season's team," Gottsleben said.
Besides winning this season,
Gottsleben has won the North Central Region Coach
of the Year in 1992, '94, '97, '98, '00 and '02.
In his 21 years as director
of the Coyote track and
Dave Gottsleben has won many award.
He was recently named
the Mondo/U.S. Track Coaches
Association North Central Region Coach of the Year
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USD's Gottsleben Named Regional Coach Of The Year
-- Dave Gottsleben, the director of the South Dakota Track and Field
Program, has been named one of eight NCAA Division II regional coaches of the
year in an announcement by Mondo/U.S. Track Coaches Association.
For the seventh time at USD, Gottleben
was honored as the North Central Region Coach of the Year for 2005 after
directing the Coyotes to the North Central Conference Indoor Championships held
at the DakotaDome. His squad rolled up 245 points, which was the second best
point total in the history of the NCC. At the meet, USD had eight individual or
relay champions. In addition, 14 USD athletes had qualifying marks for the NCAA
Division II Indoor Championships, which opens on Friday in Boston, Mass.
Other honorees include Jack Maloney,
Southern Connecticut State, Northeast Region; Steve Spence, Shippensburg, East
Region; George Williams, St. Augustine's, Southeast Region; Jerry Baltes, Grand
Valley State, Great Lakes Region; Jon Murray, Abilene Christian, South Central
Region; and Alan Collatz, Cal-Bakersfield, West Region.
Gottsleben, who is in his 21st
season as head men's track and field coach at South Dakota, has been named NCC
Coach of the Year, either indoor or outdoor, eight times in his tenure at USD.
He has coached student-athletes that have earned 127 all-American honors, as
well as four national champions, a third-place NCAA Division II finish at the
1997 indoor meet, a fourth-place finish at the 2001 indoor nationals and
third-place at the 2000 outdoor national championships. He has led his teams to
seven top-10 NCAA finishes.
In 1997, he was named the Division II Men's
National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track Coaches Association. In 1994 he
received the NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Track and Field Coaches
Association Award for his distinguished service to Division II track.
He was the North Central Region Coach of
the Year in 1992, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2005.
Gottsleben, a native
of Brookings, received his undergraduate (1975) and Master's degree (1980) from
South Dakota State. Gottsleben was the head coach at Menno High
School from 1975-1979, and head men's and women's track coach at Dakota State
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David B. Gottsleben,
Sports Hall of Fame
- Dave Gottsleben,
South Dakota head men’s track and field coach
Gottsleben will be inducted into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame
on Saturday. The Hall of Fame was established by the South Dakota
Sportswriters Association in 1968 with a mission to preserve, document and
display South Dakota’s sports history.
A native of Brookings, S.D.,
Gottsleben is in his 31st season at the helm of Coyote track and
field. Gottsleben has earned 18 conference Coach of the Year
awards, eight Division II Regional Coach of the Year awards and two
Division II National Coach of the Year awards in his time at South Dakota.
He has guided the Coyotes to 16 conference titles (four in the Summit
League, three in the Great West and nine in the North Central Conference).
not only built the program into a power at the Division II level, but has
guided South Dakota through a successful transition to Division I status.
Gottsleben’s Coyotes have won three consecutive Summit League
indoor titles and captured their first outdoor title last spring.
At South Dakota, Gottsleben
has coached athletes who have earned 165 All-America honors. He added his
first Division I All-American in Teivaskie Lewin this March. Gottsleben
also coached six national champions.
of his athletes have a huge amount of respect for him because of how
genuine he is and how much he cares about us as individuals,” said former
athlete Jeff Mettler. “I am personally so grateful that he gave me a
chance. He loves recruiting South Dakota athletes and developing us into
the best athletes and people we can be. I ran harder because I wanted to
return the favor and succeed for him."
gave me the chance of a lifetime,” said senior Kyle McKelvey. “He gave me
a chance to have my education paid for and that is the most I could ask
Gottsleben was first hired as the new track coach at South Dakota,
he invited me to run Morning Five with him and chat,” said distance coach
and former athlete Dan Fitzsimmons. “By mid-run I knew I not only had a
new coach, but someone I could relate and talk to. From that moment on, he
has been my coach, mentor, one of my best friends and someone always there
to listen when I need to talk. He has consistently been that way for each
of his athletes over his entire career. Gottsleben has been a maker
of men. His coaching philosophy is that all boys are good boys. Instead of
judging a book by its cover, education and coaching are about giving
people opportunity. While it may not make his life easier, he always has
the best interest of his student-athletes at heart. That is what makes his
coaching so admirable."
Gottsleben and 20
others will be inducted on Saturday at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.
With this class of inductees, South Dakota’s Sports Hall of Fame will
boast 266 members.
A Brookings native and 1971 Montrose
High and 1975 South Dakota State grad, Gottsleben is in his 31st
season as the University of South Dakota head men's track and field coach.
While at USD, he’s been a conference
coach of the year a total of 18 times (in the North Central Conference,
Great West and Summit League) and he was an eight-time regional coach of
the year at the Division II level and twice a national coach of the year
(1997 and 2006). He’s guided the Coyotes to 16 conference titles (nine in
the NCC, four in the Summit and three in the Great West). Gottsleben
not only built the program into a power at the NCAA Division II level but
has guided USD through a successful transition to Division I status.
Gottsleben’s Coyotes have won three straight Summit indoor titles and
they won their first Summit outdoor title in 2014. This was the first
outdoor team title since the NCC meet in 2006. After establishing the
Coyotes as one of the top programs in the Division II NCC, Gottsleben
continued that success when USD joined NCAA Division I and the Great West
Conference. He guided USD to three straight indoor titles. The Coyotes
finished second all three years at the outdoor conference meet.
At USD he has coached athletes who
have earned 165 All-American honors, as well as six national champions. He
led his squads to eight top-10 finishes at Division II nationals,
including third at the 1997 indoor and 2000 outdoor meets and fourth at
the 2001 indoor and 2006 outdoor meets.
In 1994 he received the NCAA Division
II Men's and Women's Track and Field Coaches Association Award for his
distinguished service to Division II track. He was chosen the College
Men's Coach of the Year by the South Dakota Sportswriters Association in
2000 and 2014. He's in the Sioux City Relays and Division II Coaches halls
of fame, and he was an Honorary Referee at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays.
Gottsleben was the
coach at Menno High School from 1975-1979, and men's and women's track
coach at Dakota State from 1980-1984, where he was SDIC coach of the year
by Britni Waller, USD