HEAD COACH NICK HOVDEN
Nick Hovden enters the 2016-17 year in his seventh season as the South Dakota head men’s and women’s golf coach. Under Hovden, the USD men's team has earned five straight NCAA Public Recognition Awards, which is given to teams that rank within the top-10 percent of each sport based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR).
This past season, Hovden coached senior Jordan Rykal and junior Brenna Lervick to accomplishments that hadn’t happened since the Coyotes transitioned to the Division I level. Rykal recorded a three-round score of 199 and won the Derek Dolec Invitational, the lowest three-round score since USD made the jump to the D I level. He recorded two rounds of 66, the second-lowest round for a Coyote. His scoring average of 74.8 was the third lowest score since 2011. Rykal earned first-team all-Summit League honors.
Lervick finished the season with a win-loss record of 157-8 (95%) verses Summit League opponents and a record of 670-51 (93%) in all tournaments. Her win-loss percentage, for the season, is the best for a Coyote in the Division I era. She led the team with nine top-10 finishes (out of 11 tournaments), she was in the top-5 eight times and was the runner-up three times. She recorded a scoring average of 74.9, which is the best scoring average for a Coyote since 2011. Lervick was a first-team all-Summit League selection. She placed third at the Summit League Championships this past year and received All-Tournament Team honors.
Hovden coached the women’s team to three runner-up finishes in the 2015-16 season. The Coyotes were second in the South Dakota Coyote Classic, the Bob Hurley Shootout and the South Dakota State Invite. The team also tied for third at the Creighton Classic and was fifth at the Saluki Invitational. On the men’s side, USD tied for third at the UNO Invitational, was fourth at the Zach Johnson Invite, fifth at the Derek Dolec Invitational and sixth at the South Dakota Coyote Classic.
Hovden led the Coyotes’ men’s team to its first golf championship in the 2014-15 season and was named the Summit League Men’s Golf Coach of the Year. At the championships, three golfers placed in the top-10. The team advanced to the NCAA Bremerton Regional in Washington at Olympic Course at Gold Mountain. The Coyotes placed 14th at the regional.
Hovden has coached four golfers to all-Summit League Team honors with Sam Matthew and Lervick being named to the team two times. The list also includes Rykal and Alex Kline. Matthew and Janice Baumberger were named to Academic All-Summit League Teams.
At the championships, Matthew and Lervick placed third in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Both were named to All-Tournament Teams.
Hovden brings an extensive golf background to USD. He worked as a junior golf instructor and coordinator at the Bluffs Golf Course after also doing so from 1996-2008. He also was an assistant golf pro at the Bluffs from 2007-08 and worked as a pro shop attendant and junior golf instructor at Tiburon Golf Club in Omaha, Neb., from 2009-10.
Hovden and his wife, Jamie, have a son, Tysen, and two daughters, Kaylie and Ashlyn, and live in Vermillion.