The South Dakota Coyotes are the athletic teams representing the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota. The Coyotes compete in the NCAA Division I level in the Summit League, and have a proud tradition of producing standout athletes in various sports. Here are the top 5 best players of the South Dakota Coyotes:

  1. Tyler Flack - Men's Basketball: Tyler Flack played for the Coyotes from 2013 to 2017, and was a standout player throughout his time at South Dakota. He was a three-time All-Summit League selection, and was named the Summit League Tournament MVP in 2016. Flack was a versatile player who could score from anywhere on the court, and was also a strong rebounder and defender.

  2. Chris Nilsen - Men's Track and Field: Chris Nilsen was a pole vaulter for the Coyotes from 2016 to 2019, and was one of the most dominant athletes in the NCAA during his time at South Dakota. He won back-to-back NCAA Outdoor Championships in the pole vault in 2018 and 2019, and was also a four-time Summit League champion in the event. Nilsen set the NCAA Outdoor Championship record with a vault of 19 feet, 6.25 inches in 2018.

  3. Ciara Duffy - Women's Basketball: Ciara Duffy was a star player for the Coyotes from 2016 to 2020, and was one of the best women's basketball players in the country during her senior season. She was named the Summit League Player of the Year in 2020, and was also a three-time All-Summit League selection. Duffy was a prolific scorer and rebounder, and also had a great ability to create scoring opportunities for her teammates.

  4. Steve Anderson - Men's Track and Field: Steve Anderson was a middle-distance runner for the Coyotes from 1975 to 1978, and was one of the most accomplished athletes in school history. He won eight individual North Central Conference titles, and was also a three-time All-American in cross country. Anderson still holds school records in the indoor mile and the 3,000 meters.

  5. Kellyn Kuhlke - Softball: Kellyn Kuhlke was a standout pitcher for the Coyotes from 2003 to 2006, and was one of the best players in program history. She was a two-time All-North Central Conference selection, and was also named the NCC Pitcher of the Year in 2005. Kuhlke set school records in career strikeouts (651) and career shutouts (23), and also ranks in the top 10 in school history in several other pitching categories.

These five athletes represent the best of the best for the South Dakota Coyotes, and their performances on the court, field, and track have cemented their places in Coyote lore.

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