USD hires consulting firm


(James D. Cimburek/P&D)

VERMILLION – To help in the search for a new head football coach, the University of South Dakota is utilizing College Sports Solutions, a consulting firm based out of Atlanta, Georgia, USD athletic director David Herbster said Monday.

Though he did not divulge any names, Herbster did say that USD, in coordination with the firm, has established a preliminary list of candidates to replace Joe Glenn, who announced his retirement a week ago.

“We’ve got our list; we know who’s interested,” Herbster said. “We’re slowly narrowing down that list, trying to get to that point where we can have some face to face conversations.”

College Sports Solutions (CSS) is led by founder Jeff Schemmel, a former Division I athletic director (such as Minnesota and San Diego State) whose son, Jon, serves as USD’s senior associate athletic director for Development.

The firm will cast a wide net – across all divisions – for potential candidates, Herbster said.

“Their reach is pretty extensive,” he said. “Their level of experience in the NCAA is pretty vast and pretty wide.”

As far as a timeline? Herbster again reiterated his belief that USD will move fast on the search, possibly having a new coach named within the next week or two.

The trick to this particular search, he pointed out, was the timing. Glenn announced his retirement a week ago, and the combination of the Thanksgiving holiday and certain candidates still coaching their teams made things a little tricky.

“It’s always tough because a good number of the people we’re talking to are still coaching,” Herbster said. “But I would say, I like our candidates very much.”

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