South Dakota Tabs Brett Bennett as Head Coach

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VERMILLION, S.D. – South Dakota alum Brett Bennett has been named the Coyotes' head women's golf coach USD Athletic Director David Herbster announced Thursday.

Bennett has spent the past five seasons at the University of Sioux Falls leading the men's golf team along with being the head coach of both the men's and women's programs from 2013-16.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome back Brett to the Coyote family," Herbster said. "Brett is a student and teacher of the game and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the program."

He led the Cougars men's team to a runner-up finish in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in 2014, had a women's regional qualifier in 2014 and 2015, and a women's national championship qualifier in 2015.

"I would like to thank David Herbster and the search committee for this opportunity to lead the women's golf program," Bennett said. "Coach (Nick) Hovden did a tremendous job with leading this program into the Division I era and I would like to thank him for all of his work to get this program to where it is today.

"As an alumnus of the University of South Dakota, this is a dream job for me. I look forward to being back on campus as a coach and competing for Summit League Championships."
 
In his time at USF, Bennett coached a trio of Cougars to NSIC all-conference honors including 2015 NSIC Golfer of the Year Tavia Rutherford.

Bennett, who holds a Professional Golf Association Certification, has also been the assistant golf pro at the Country Club of Sioux Falls for eight years. He also spent time as an assistant teaching professional and PGA apprentice.

Bennett was a four-year letter winner for the Coyotes, from 2005-09, and earned all-Great West Conference second-team honors his senior season. As a sophomore, Bennett was named to the North Central Conference all-tournament team.

He obtained his bachelor's degree in business management from USD in December 2009 and is working on his master's in business administration from USF.


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