The South Dakota men's golf team has turned to a familiar face in John Vining to be the head coach athletics director David Herbsterannounced. Vining has spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach for the Coyote men's and women's golf programs.
"John has been a valuable member of our golf program for a decade, first as a student-athlete and for the last several years as a part of our coaching staff," Herbster said. "He has worked to establish a culture that allows us to compete for championships on a yearly basis, and we expect that to continue under his leadership."
Vining, a native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has been an integral part of the Coyotes' success including the 2015 Summit League Championship and coaching the 2018 Summit League Golfer of the Year. He also oversaw several school records broken in the 2017-18 season including team scoring average (294.5), low team tournament round (271), low team tournament score (840) and low individual performance (-7, 64).
Between the men's and women's teams at USD, Vining has coached 11 all-Summit League performers, nine individual medalists and five team tournament victories. Among the all-league performers, his brother, Tommy, is a two-time first team all-league selection, the 2017 Summit League Newcomer of the Year and the 2018 Golfer of the Year.
"I am extremely grateful to be named the head coach of the University of South Dakota men's golf team," Vining said. "To be in this position at my alma mater is a dream come true. I will continue to represent our program and school with gratitude and pride.
"This job will continue to be about the student-athlete's experience. We have great momentum in our programs and I look forward to continuing that with our guys."
Vining was on staff in 2015 when the Coyotes won the Summit League Championship and advanced to the NCAA Regional for the first time in program history. The same season, then head coach Nick Hovden earned Coach of the Year honors from the Summit League.
Academically, Vining has supervised a program with a perfect APR score for both the men's and women's squads.
As a student-athlete for the Coyotes, Vining was named to the American Sky All-Academic Team and Summit League Academic Team. He received the Coyote Character Award during his senior season in 2012. He graduated from USD in 2013 with a bachelor of science in physical education with endorsements in health and coaching.
"I want to thank all of my family, most of all, my wife, Sarah, and our son, Jones," Vining added. "I wouldn't have this opportunity without their endless support. Thank you to Nick Hovden and his family for giving me my first opportunity in collegiate coaching five years ago. Finally, thank you to David Herbster, David Williams and the administrative staff for believing in me and giving me this opportunity."