Henry Biesiot Activities Center News
Legendary coach announces retirement from DSU football
Caleb Dunlop, sports information director, (701) 483-2159, firstname.lastname@example.org
DSU head football coach, Henry Biesiot announced to his players last night that he is retiring as head coach of the Dickinson State University football program. Biesiot has just completed his 38th season as head coach of the Blue Hawks.
“I am grateful for the opportunity that Dickinson State has given me, to teach and coach at the University,” said Biesiot. “The support of my family over the years has been a constant cornerstone in my career and life. The relationship with the DSU campus – staff, faculty, administration and students has been special. The support shown by friends, boosters and fans has made this an exceptional community for me. The relationships are everlasting and heartfelt. The opportunity to have a connection with the student athletes has been a privilege I won’t forget.”
Biesiot has compiled a remarkable 258-121-1 overall record and led the Blue Hawks to claim 17 conference championships and advanced to the NAIA playoffs in seven of the last twelve seasons. Biesiot was named to the NAIA Coaching Hall of Fame in 2006, becoming the first coach in Dickinson State history to be given the prestigious honor. In 2012, the Badlands Activity Center was renamed to the Henry Biesiot Activities Center in honor of his legacy with the team.
“Coach Biesiot has been a mainstay of Dickinson State University and the Dickinson State Football program. In addition to building a nationally recognized NAIA football program, Coach Biesiot has been a positive influence on the student athletes he has mentored and encouraged. His leadership equipped students with the skills needed for success on the field. His teaching focus on determination and hard work prepared them for success in life,” said Mr. Tim Daniel, athletic director at Dickinson State. In addition to being named to the NAIA Coaching Hall of Fame in 2006, Biesiot has received many coaching honors over the years. He was honored as the 2010, 2009 and 2008 DAC Coach of the Year. He has been named conference coach of the year 12 times: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2003, 2002, 1995, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1987, 1986, and 1981. He was chosen 1991 and 1986 North Dakota College Coach of the Year by the North Dakota Sports Writers and Sportscasters Association, and the 1991 Blue Hawks were selected North Dakota College Team of the Year by the North Dakota Sports Writers and Sportscasters Association. Biesiot was chosen as NAIA District 12 Football Coach of the Year four times; 1991, 1990, 1989, and 1981. In 2008, he was named Regional Coach of the year.
“Hank has been a great coach and mentor for the Hawks and a true treasure to the entire state. If you were to compile a list of the most respected people of North Dakota, he likely will be on the short list,” said LaVerne Jessen, former Commissioner of the Dakota Athletic Conference. “He has been very successful on Saturday afternoons, but his greatest contribution has been the example he has set for the coaching profession. For nearly forty years he has consistently demonstrated how to win with class and how to lose with class.” Biesiot came to Dickinson State following four years at Langdon (N.D.) High School. He was the Blue Hawk baseball coach from 1976-2001. He began his career at Dickinson State in 1972 as the defensive coordinator for then head coach Bob Lasater. In 1976, he took over as DSU's head coach. His first conference title came in 1981. He has enjoyed winning seasons in 32 of the 38 seasons he has been coaching. In addition to his coaching duties, Biesiot also ranks as an associate professor of health and physical education.
In 2012, The Biesiot Award was created by USA College Sports Inc. to recognize the Outstanding NAIA College Scholar/Football Player of the Year, honoring excellence in athletics, academics and community service.
“Dickinson State is grateful for the passion and commitment that Coach Biesiot has demonstrated in leading the football program,” said Daniel.
Biesiot and his wife, Susan a retired elementary school teacher, have two children - Vince and Tony. Both sons graduated from Dickinson State.