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USD Tennis Coach Gilreath Resigns

Former South Dakota Tennis coach   Malcolm Gilreath. Photo courtesy USD Sports Information.
Former South Dakota Tennis coach Malcolm Gilreath. Photo courtesy USD Sports Information.

VERMILLION, SD (KWSN) – South Dakota head tennis coach Malcolm Gilreath resigned on Wednesday, ending a 10-year run as USD’s head coach. He has accepted a non-coaching job in another industry.

Gilreath will leave as the program’s winningest coach, finishing with a 122-117 record.  He led the program through the Division I transition and coached USD to a 28-24 record and a pair of Summit League Tournament appearances after the transition. Gilreath also coached two All-Summit League performers in Alena Sergeychik (2012) and Yamini Reddy (2013).

“I’d like to thank the student-athletes, the other USD coaches, the athletics staff, our Athletic Director, David Herbster, and President Jim Abbott for all the wonderful opportunities I had as a part of the Coyote family,” Gilreath said. “As I move on, I’ll appreciate the times together, and going forward I’ll always be a Coyote.”

Gilreath’s teams were among USD’s most successful in the classroom. During his tenure, USD tennis has earned the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) All-Academic Team award nine times and 37 individuals were named ITA Scholar-Athletes. His teams were also successful at the conference level, as the 2012-13 team earned The Summit League’s Team Academic Achievement Award after all 10 members made the league’s Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence.

“Malcolm has been a part of the Coyote family for 10 years and he will be missed,” Herbster said. “He has run the program the right way and brought it up to the Division I level. We wish him the best in his new career and thank him for everything he has meant to the program.”

A national search for USD’s next tennis coach will begin immediately.

Courtesy: USD Sports Information