VERMILLION, S.D.—Former University of South Dakota men’s basketball coach and athletic director Jack Doyle passed away Friday at the age of 80. Doyle joined the USD athletic department in 1971 following 14 seasons in the South Dakota high school ranks. He served as an assistant men’s basketball coach under Bob Mulcahy for two seasons before being named Mulcahy’s successor in 1973. Doyle coached for nine seasons, leading the Coyotes to a 106-119 record. His 106 wins are the fourth-most in program history. Doyle resigned from his head coaching position in March of 1982 to become USD’s athletic director, a position he served in for 15 years before retiring in 1998. Under Doyle’s leadership, USD won 21 North Central Conference championships in various sports. In addition, he initiated numerous upgrades to the DakotaDome, including an eight-lane, 200-meter track, a new Daktronics custom scoreboard and artificial turf for football. In May of 1999, Doyle received the NCC Honor Award. He was inducted into the Coyote Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.
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