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Dawn Seiler - Inducted 2023

The winningest girls’ basketball coach in South Dakota history as of 2022, Dawn Seiler, retired with a 629-244 record in 37 seasons. She graduated from McLaughlin High School in 1979 and from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND in 1983. She was a high school and college basketball star. In 1977, she scored a high school state record of 47 points in one game. She had 1,748 points and 738 career rebounds at Mary, leading them to three conference titles and a District 12 title.

Seiler began her coaching career in McIntosh as the head girls’ basketball, assistant boys’ basketball, and assistant track & field coach. In 1998 she became the head coach of the Aberdeen Central Golden Eagles girls’ basketball program. Seiler’s teams were known for being extremely patient, unselfish, and unrelenting on defense. She also was one of the state's first women to coach boys’ basketball as she coached the McIntosh boys’ and girls’ teams. Seiler’s teams qualified for 26 state tournaments, winning the South Dakota State Girls’ Basketball Championships in 2016 and 2018. She retired from coaching in March 2021 to take the athletic director job at Aberdeen Central.

Seiler was chosen as the McDonald's All-Star Head Coach in 2018. She received the Girls’ Basketball Region COTY nine times, was nominated several times as SDHSCA Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year and received that honor in 2016. She was a finalist for NHSACA National Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year in 2019. She has been inducted into several Halls of Fame.

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