BY JEREMY HOECK
Where does Dave Boots rank among college basketball’s longest-tenured head coaches?
We now have our answer: 6.
Names like Jim Boeheim and Mike Krzyzewski rank 1-2 and need no further introduction, while Oakland’s Greg Kampe is third.
Rick Byrd of Belmont and Fang Mitchell of Coppin State both arrived at their respective schools in 1986. Then you get to Boots at No. 6.
Boots, 57, was hired at USD in April 1988 and has become a staple of Midwest college basketball ever since. He has won 503 of the 738 games he has coached with the Coyotes.
In 20 seasons at the Division II level, Boots guided the Coyotes to at least 20 wins 14 times, five North Central Conference outright titles and two NCAA region crowns.
He then took his program to the Division I level in 2008 and put together back-to-back 20-win seasons. In 2011, the Coyotes joined the Summit League and have gone 20-38 over the last two seasons.
In all, Boots’ coaching record is 618-298.
Not many names on that tenure list can boast a resume like that.
Of note: South Dakota State’s Scott Nagy is No. 12 on that list, after taking over the Jackrabbits program in May 1995.