South Dakota football coach Bob Nielson is excited to announce that Matt Vitzthum has joined the Coyote football staff as an assistant coach. Vitzthum will work primarily with the wide receivers at USD.
“We are excited to have Matt join our staff”, said Nielson. “He has tremendous experience as a part of successful programs.”
Vitzthum comes to Vermillion from Grand Valley State where he coached from 2013-2023. He served as the quarterbacks coach at GVSU from 2013 and added offensive coordinator duties starting in 2020. Grand Valley State is one of the most decorated college football programs at the Division II level, and their time under Coach Vitzthum was no exception. His offenses regularly ranked in the top ten nationally in multiple categories, while the Lakers won five conference titles and made seven Division II playoffs appearances in his ten seasons.
Prior to his time at Grand Valley State, Coach Vitzthum served as the quarterbacks coach at Wittenberg University for the 2012 season where his team won a league title and made a playoffs appearance. Before that he was a GA/running backs and tight ends coach at St. Cloud State for three seasons from 2009-2011 where he also won a league title and made a playoffs appearance. As an undergraduate at Wartburg College, Vitzthum was a student assistant for the football team as well. He graduated from Wartburg in 2009.
“I am thrilled to be joining the staff at the University of South Dakota”, said Vitzthum. “Coach Nielson has a proven track record of success and has consistently recruited and developed quality student-athletes. My family and I are excited for this opportunity and can’t wait to get started.”
Vitzthum’s family includes his wife, Alyssa, six-year-old son Hayden, and three-year-old daughter Emery.
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