Winter 2012/13
football and track and field (2001–04)
Bill Gassen, a native of Rapid City, S.D., was a talented two-
sport athlete at USD. He was an All-American nose guard for the
Coyote football team in 2002, when he recorded 22.5 tackles for
loss, a single-season record. He was an all-conference selection
his senior year and still holds the school record for tackles for
loss with 50.5. He was a two-time Academic All-North Central
Conference honoree as well. Gassen was also a three-time NCC
champion in the shot put for the Coyote men’s track and field
team. He earned both his bachelor’s degree and his law degree
from USD, in 2004 and 2008, respectively. Bill lives in Sioux
Falls with his wife, Jill, and daughter, Victoria, and works as
corporate counsel for Sanford Health.
women’s basketball (1998–2001)
Kelly Gese, originally from Shoreview, Minn., enjoyed a stellar
career and helped lead the re-birth of the Coyote women’s
basketball program in the late 1990s. Gese was a two-time
all-conference selection and was all-region in 1998 when she
averaged 18.5 points and 2.6 assists per game. She averaged
more than four assists per game over her four years at USD
and finished her career fourth in school history in assists with
439 as well as 10th all-time in school history with 1,302
points. Gese graduated from USD with a master’s degree in
communication disorders/speech language pathology in
2002 and currently lives in Seal Beach, Calif., where she is a
speech-language pathologist at Miller Children’s Hospital in
Long Beach, Calif.
men’s basketball (1998–2001)
A native of Dell Rapids, S.D., Kudera was one of the great
all-around players in Coyote men’s basketball history. He was a
three-time All-NCC selection, scoring 1,189 points and pulling
down 597 rebounds during that time. For his career, Kudera
scored 1,352 points and 705 rebounds and is one of 20 players
in school history to eclipse 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. A
two-time Academic All-American, Kudera graduated from USD
in 2001 and later graduated from the USD Sanford School of
Medicine. Kudera and his wife, Jennifer, live in Yankton, S.D.
with their two children, Jackson and Jordyn. He is an orthopedic
surgeon at Yankton Medical Clinic.
football (1995-98)
Phillip Meehan, a native of Hartford, S.D., was an outstanding
all-purpose running back for the Coyote football team in the
1990s. A two-time All-NCC selection, he ranks fifth in Coyote
history with 108 receptions. Meehan is the only USD player to
top 1,000 yards rushing, receiving and on kickoff returns. His
34 consecutive games with at least one catch is a school record.
Meehan graduated from USD in 1999 and again in 2003 with a
degree in physician assistant studies. Meehan is now a physician
assistant at the Avera Medical Group and lives in Sioux Falls, S.D.
with his wife, Megan, and their twin sons, Ryder and Trey.
men’s basketball (1995–98)
Chuck Welke, a native of Warner, S.D., had a tremendous
playing career for the Coyote men’s basketball team in the 1990s.
Welke is one of 20 players to surpass 1,000 points and 500
rebounds for his career, and he ranks seventh in school history
with 75 blocked shots. After averaging 16.4 points and 8.8
rebounds per game in 1998, he was picked to the North Central
Conference first-team. Welke was also a three-time academic
all-conference selection. A 1998 graduate of USD, Welke earned
his degree in psychology and criminal justice and later earned
a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from USD. Welke and his wife,
Kara, live in Grand Forks, N.D. with their three children, Jada,
Jasmine and William. He works as a psychologist at Assessment
and Therapy Associates.
special contributor
Jim Robinson, a long-time supporter of the USD athletic
programs, has been attending Coyote sporting events for more
than 40 years. The owner and operator of Robinson Motors in
Yankton, S.D. for more than three decades, Robinson began to
donate the use of courtesy cars to the Coyote athletic program
in 1980. He has also contributed financially for several years and
has often worked behind the scenes to support the South Dakota
athletic program. Robinson and his wife, Pat, live in Yankton and
have five children and 10 grandchildren.
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