VERMILLION — Three University of South Dakota coaches are now under five-year contracts, following approval last month from the South Dakota Board of Regents.
On June 27 at their monthly meeting, the Regents approved five-year contracts for football coach Bob Nielson ($295,000 annually), women’s basketball coach Dawn Plitzuweit ($250,000) and volleyball coach Leanne Williamson ($87,000).
The new contracts run from June 22, 2019 through June 22, 2024.
Each coach saw a salary increase, as well. According to information on the state’s open government page, Nielson’s annual salary was $280,000, while Plitzuweit’s was $214,700 and Williamson’s was $86,000.
Nielson will enter his fourth season at the helm of the Coyotes this fall and boasts a 16-19 record (10-14 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference) in his three seasons. He guided USD to its first appearance in the FCS playoffs in 2016.
Plitzuweit has an 80-22 record in her three seasons in charge of the women’s basketball program and is the first coach in program history to win 20 games in three straight seasons. A two-time Summit League Coach of the Year, Plitzuweit guided USD to a 28-6 record last season and an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Williamson has been with the USD volleyball program for a decade and has a 97-56 overall record in five seasons as the head coach. Last fall, the Coyotes won the Summit League Tournament and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the first time.