VERMILLION, S.D. -- A former University of South Dakota basketball player and current assistant coach has been named interim head coach, following Tuesday's retirement of David Boots.

Joey James played for the Coyotes for two seasons from 1997 to 1999 and has been an assistant coach for the past 10 seasons.

James has been involved with all aspects of USD basketball, including as its top recruiter, and also helped Boots with game management and game preparation.

James graduated from USD in 2001 with a degree in recreation and earned his master's degree in athletic administration from USD in 2004. He turns 37 on Tuesday.

Boots left after 25 years as the winningest coach in program history, posting a 503-235 record.

A national search for the job will start after the upcoming season.