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West Virginia Hires Dawn Plitzuweit as Women’s Basketball Coach

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West Virginia announced on Thursday that it has hired former South Dakota head coach Dawn Plitzuweit to take over the Mountaineers’ women’s basketball program.

Plitzuweit is taking over for Mike Carey, who announced his retirement earlier this month. Plitzuweit is the second new hire in the Big 12, following Oklahoma State’s Jacie Hoyt.

Plitzuweit’s hire was announced by West Virginia via press release.


“Dawn is a proven winner everywhere she has been, and her track record for sustained success is impressive,” West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons said. “When we started our search, it was quite obvious that her reputation as a program builder and championship coach put her at the top of our list.”

She just finished leading South Dakota to the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history, beating Ole Miss and Baylor in the first two rounds. Those wins came at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

In six seasons at South Dakota, she turned the Coyotes into a Summit League and mid-major power. She went 158-36 overall, with an 83-10 win in the Summit League. She earned Coach of the Year honors three times. She led the Coyotes to three regular-season league titles, three conference tournament titles and four NCAA Tournament trips.

She leaves South Dakota with the highest winning percentage in program history (.814) and the highest winning percentage in Summit League history, both overall and in league play (.892).

She had an overall record of 346-128 as a head coach. Previously she was at Northern Kentucky (2012-16) and Division II Grand Valley State (2002-07). She missed the postseason twice — in 2003-20 with GVSU and in 2019-20 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

She played at Michigan Tech from 1990-95, playing in 120 games and scoring 1,398 points for her career. She averaged 11.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.8 steals per game as a player, helping Michigan Tech to 99 wins.

She remained at Michigan Tech as an assistant coach under Kevin Borseth for three seasons before taking the assistant coaching job at Green Bay when Borseth took the head-coaching job. In between her stints with Grand Valley State and Northern Kentucky, she spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Michigan under Borseth.

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