VERMILLION — For the second time in a month, the University of South Dakota has tapped a former Coyote assistant to steer a basketball program.
Kayla Karius has been named the eleventh head ladies’s basketball coach within the historical past of this system. She will probably be formally launched at a press convention Monday morning in Vermillion.
Karius joins Eric Peterson, employed as head males’s basketball coach final month, as former assistant coaches to return to USD to steer this system.
Karius (previously Tetschlag) served as an assistant to Dawn Plitzuweit for 2 seasons from 2016-18. In her two seasons at USD, the Coyotes compiled a 52-16 file with a pair of Women’s National Invitation Tournament berths. The Coyotes received the 2017-18 Summit League common season title and have become the primary Summit champion to go undefeated in league play in 24 years. Karius obtained the WBCA’s Thirty Under 30 award in 2018
A key recruiter within the Midwest, Karius has served because the recruiting coordinator in any respect 4 stops in her teaching profession – Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Drake. Her recruiting lessons at South Dakota included 2022 Summit League Player of the Year Chloe Lamb, three-time Summit Defensive Player of the Year Hannah Sjerven, two-time all-league decide Liv Korngable, Monica Arens, Claudia Kunzer, Regan Sankey, and Allison Peplowski.
Karius spent three seasons at Wisconsin and final season on the bench at Drake. The Bulldogs received 20 video games and reached the WNIT’s spherical of 16. Karius labored with first-team all-Missouri Valley picks Grace Berg and Megan Meyer.
A local of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Karius graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 2011 with a bachelor’s of enterprise administration with a advertising emphasis. Karius, a standout on the Phoenix basketball crew, was the 2011 Horizon League Player of the Year. She led Green Bay to 4 Horizon League titles, three NCAA Tournaments and the NCAA Sweet 16 her senior yr. She obtained the Horizon League Cecil N. Colman Medal of Honor on the conclusion of her taking part in profession.
Prior to coming into the teaching career, Karius spent 4 seasons taking part in professionally overseas. Her stops included Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium. She averaged a double-double and constantly ranked amongst her respective league’s top-three for factors and rebounds.
Karius returns to USD to steer a program recent off its first-ever NCAA Sweet 16 look. The Coyotes graduated 4 seniors, together with starters Sjerven, Lamb and Korngable. The Coyotes’ different two starters this previous season — Maddie Krull and Kyah Watson — are at present listed within the switch portal. The Coyotes count on to return almost each participant who noticed break day the bench in 2021-22, and can see the return of Alexi Hempe, who missed the whole 2021-22 season resulting from damage.
Karius and her husband, Rick, have two sons, Treyton and Macklin.