League: NCAA Division I FCS
Head Coach: Bob Nielson
Team Mascot: Charlie Coyote
Year Opened: 1979
City / State: Vermillion / South Dakota
Rivalries & Top Games to Attend
South Dakota Coyotes vs South Dakota State Jackrabbits
Rival Team: South Dakota State Jackrabbits
South Dakota and South Dakota State are the two largest public universities in the state of South Dakota, and the two schools have been fighting it out in the gridiron since 1889. The rivalry has been played 112 times, and the Jackrabbits hold a slim 53-52-7 lead in the all-time series. You won’t want to miss it when the Coyotes take on the Jackrabbits, so make sure to get tickets to the annual South Dakota-South Dakota State game.
Sitting Bull Trophy
Rival Team: North Dakota Fighting Hawks
The North Dakota Fighting Hawks and South Dakota Coyotes play for the Sitting Bull Trophy when they square off on the gridiron. The rivalry dates back to 1903, and it was an annual contest from 1919 to 2007. While the rivalry may no longer take place every year, you still want to be in attendance when the Fighting Hawks and Coyotes battle it out for the Sitting Bull Trophy.