Two former head coaches, CSU alum highlight list
Mandy Koupal begins her second season on the CSU women's basketball staff as the director of operations.
Koupal joined Head Coach Ryun Williams from the University of South Dakota. She was a part of the staff that helped guide the Coyotes to a 76-47 mark in their first four years of the transition to Division I competition.
While at USD, Koupal helped guide the Coyotes to a berth in the Women's National Invitational Tournament for the first time in 2011-12 and the Women's Basketball Invitational tournament in 2010-11.
Koupal, a native of Wagner, S.D., spent her first two seasons as a graduate assistant on the USD staff before becoming a full-time member in 2010.
Before Koupal returned to her alma mater, she was an assistant coach for Watertown Arrows girls basketball team from 2004-2008. She helped lead the team to the State AA Championship in 2007 and a third place finish in state in 2008. While at Watertown High School, Koupal also taught fourth grade.
Prior to beginning her coaching career at Watertown, High School, Koupal enjoyed a decorated playing career at the University of South Dakota under current assistant coach Chad Lavin. She ranks as one of the greatest players in school history, finishing as USD's career leader in scoring with 2,142 points in just three seasons. Upon graduation, her 2,496 career points ranked sixth all-time in NCAA Division II. She also owns the top three single-season scoring marks (806, 740 and 596) and she is the only player in North Central Conference history to win three straight NCC MVP honors. A three-time all-American, Koupal was an academic all-American, atwo-time National Player of the Year and shewon three NCC MVP honors.
Koupal graduated from USD in 2004 with bachelor's degree in elementary education and completed her master's degree in educational administration in May 2010.