South Dakota women’s basketball coach Don Plitzhuitz, who led the Coyotes to a surprise lead in the Sweet 16, was appointed as coach at West Virginia on Thursday.
Plitzuweit replaced Mike Carey, who retired two weeks ago after 21 seasons.
South Dakota defeated Ole Miss and No. 2 Seed Baylor in the NCAA Tournament before losing 52–49 to Michigan. The Coyotes ended the season 29–6.
“Don is a proven champ everywhere, and his track record for continued success is impressive,” West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyon said in a statement. “When we began our search, it was quite clear that his reputation as a program builder and championship coach put him at the top of our list.”
Lyons said Plitzuvitz will have a five-year contract that will cost a total of $3 million, with a starting salary of $550,000, plus incentives.
Plitzewitz went 158–36 in six seasons in South Dakota, which included four NCAA Tournaments. She was named Summit League’s Coach of the Year three times.
He won a Division II national championship in 2006 as head coach at Grand Valley State in Michigan.
Plitzuweit has the job to replace West Virginia’s all-time winning coach. Carey went 447-239, but appeared in just one NCAA Tournament in the past five seasons and never in his career took the Mountaineers past the second round.
“I can’t wait to go to Morgantown to meet up with my team and join them,” Plitzuwit said.
He will inherit a team that went 15-15 last season and lost lead scorer KK Dean on the transfer portal last week. Plitzuweit is a native of West Bend, Wisconsin, and played in Division II Michigan Tech.
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