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USD hires Idaho's Carrie Eighmey as new women’s hoops coach

University of Idaho

The University of South Dakota has found a new head women’s basketball coach. On Monday evening, it was confirmed that Carrie Eighmey would be leaving the University of Idaho to take the open position in Vermillion with the Coyotes.

Eighmey has 12-years of head coaching experience. While the job at USD is the first division one opportunity for her, she has a lot of experience and success in DII. Before transitioning to Idaho in 2023, she spent eight years coaching at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Eighmey led the Lopers to the DII NCAA tournament in her final three seasons there, which included a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2020-21.

“I am honored to accept the role as the head coach of the South Dakota women’s basketball program. There is a long history and tradition of success and excellence here, and I couldn’t be more excited to have the opportunity to continue building on that tradition,” Eighmey explained in a release sent out by the USD athletic department. “I have followed this program for many years and I’ve always been impressed by the support of the Coyote fan base. I am excited to get to work and see what we can build together.”

Eighmey will replace Kayla Karius, who recently departed USD to take the head women’s coaching job at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay.

Since transitioning to Division I in 2008, the USD women’s basketball team has qualified for the NCAA tournament five times – one of which was a Sweet 16 appearance under Dawn Plitzuweit in 2022, who is now the head coach at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities.

Carrie Eighmey is the 12th head women’s basketball coach in USD’s history, their fifth in the DI era.

Nate Wek is currently the sports content producer and sports and rec beat reporter for South Dakota Public Broadcasting. He is a graduate of South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism Broadcasting and a minor in Leadership. From 2010-2013 Nate was the Director of Gameday Media for the Sioux Falls Storm (Indoor Football League) football team. He also spent 2012 and 2013 as the News and Sports Director of KSDJ Radio in Brookings, SD. Nate, his wife Sarah, and two kids Braxan and Jordy, live in Canton, SD.