The South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame is dedicated to the preservation, documentation and display of South Dakota's sports history.
Navigation: Home > Contributors > Wayne Carney

Wayne Carney



Wayne Carney graduated from Pine Island (MN) High School in 1966 and from the University of South Dakota in 1970.

Carney was a prep basketball coach for 24 years (1970-77 at Agar and 1977-94 at Hamlin), winning more than 300 games and coaching Hamlin to the 1983 state “B” title. He served as athletic director at both of those schools. He was assistant principal in charge of activities at Sioux Falls Washington High School from 1994-2001. He refereed girls’ state basketball tournaments from 1985-94.

Carney served as executive director of the South Dakota High School Activities Association from 2001-2017. Of his many accomplishments at the SDHSAA the one that he is most proud of is the increased relationship with the Native American schools in the state.

Carney is a member of the Board of Directors of the South Dakota High School Coaches Association and served as president during the 1986-87 year. He was elected as the National High School Athletic Coaches Association president in 1996.

Carney was inducted into the SDHSCA Hall of Fame in 1993 and the South Dakota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Hall of Fame in 2011.  He has received numerous state and national awards.








« Back to Contributors