By: Bryan Boettcher, USD Sports Information
VERMILLION, S.D.—Mercede Odegaard, who has served as a graduate assistant within the sports information workplace at South Dakota this previous 12 months, has accepted a full-time place inside the division. Odegaard will work primarily with the Coyotes’ volleyball and males’s basketball applications.
“Mercede has achieved phenomenal work for in our workplace and I’m thrilled she has accepted this opening,” mentioned USD assistant athletic director for sports information Bryan Boettcher.
Odegaard led the publicity efforts of Coach Leanne Williamson’s volleyball program this previous 12 months which went 29-4, swept the Summit League common season and match crowns, and competed within the NCAA match. She highlighted main award winners in all-American outdoors hitter Elizabeth Juhnke, defensive participant of the 12 months Lolo Weideman and all-Summit center blocker Madison Harms. Odegaard additionally assisted within the publicity of Coach Kayla Karius’ first 12 months on the helm of Coyote ladies’s basketball.
“I’m very excited to be becoming a member of the sports information workforce full-time,” mentioned Odegaard. “I’ve had numerous nice experiences and discovered a lot in such a short while right here and I’m grateful for this chance to proceed to develop on this career.”
Prior to USD, Odegaard served as a sports information assistant as an undergrad at University of Sioux Falls the place she assisted the division in writing tales, interviewing student-athletes, taking pictures and modifying pictures, and posting content material on numerous social media platforms. She additionally wrote for The Vessel Magazine, a month-to-month campus-wide publication created by pupil media staff.
Odegaard hails from Sioux Falls and attended West Central High School in Hartford the place she competed in basketball and volleyball. She graduated from USF in 2022 with a level in media research and concentrations in social media advertising and marketing and multimedia manufacturing. Odegaard is working in direction of a grasp’s diploma in communications from USD.