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Former AD, men’s basketball coach Jack Doyle passes away


VERMILLION, S.D. (KWSN)—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 and into the NACDA Hall of Fame in 2006.

Doyle grew up in New York City and graduated from Power Memorial High School, famous for the starting place of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He earned three letters in track at the University of Wyoming where he earned his B.S. in education in 1957. He also obtained his M.A. from Wyoming in 1966.

During his successful tenure in the high school ranks, Doyle compiled a 72-37 record at Lead (1966-71) after coaching Faith to a conference championship during his stay there (1957-60). Doyle’s teams at Lead won or shared the Black Hills Conference title five times in six seasons.

Doyle is survived by his wife, Lois, and their seven children.

Courtesy of University of South Dakota