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Dedicated October 6, 2012

The Henry Biesiot Activities Center is named in honor of long-time Dickinson State University (DSU) coach and professor, Henry (Hank) Biesiot. For almost four decades, Hank has coached football student-athletes on and off the field to successful careers in education, business, and the sciences while encouraging these students to be engaged in their respective local communities.

Hank Biesiot began his career at Dickinson State University in the fall of 1972 as Defensive Coordinator. Hank was named Head Coach at DSU in 1975 and has since experienced 32 of 36 winning seasons at a percentage of 72%.

His teams have won 17 Conference titles and have participated in 15 NAIA National Playoff Games. He has been inducted into the NAIA Coaching Hall of Fame in 2006 and has coached more than 2,000 DSU football student-athletes. Hank has also served as Associate Professor of Health and Physical Education since 1972.

Beginning in 2012, and annually thereafter, the Hank Biesiot Award will be awarded to the Outstanding NAIA College Scholar/Football Player of the Year; honoring excellence in athletics, academics, and community service. This award was created by USA College Sports, Inc. and will be presented annually at the Hansen Bowl.

Hank and his wife, Susan, have been active leaders in numerous civic and cultural programs in Dickinson and throughout the region. Their two sons, Vincent (’97) and Tony (’00) are proud alumni of Dickinson State University. Tony had the pleasure of playing linebacker for his father during his college career.

It is with great pride that the Badlands Activities Center is re-named the Henry Biesiot Activities Center to honor a man that has dedicated his life to Blue Hawk Football and Dickinson State University.

The Henry Biesiot Coaching Biography:

  • 4 years as DSU Defensive Coordinator (1972-1975)
  • 36 years at Head Football Coach at DSU (since 1976)
  • Soon to be NAIA All-Time Wins Football Coach
  • Named to NAIA Coaching Hall of Fame in 2006
  • Record 256-101-1 at the end of the 2011 season
  • 32 out of 35 winning seasons
  • Winning percentage of .720
  • 36 players named to NAIA 1st or 2nd All-American Teams
  • 2 players named 3-time All-Americans
  • 5 undefeated regular seasons
  • 11 win season in 2003
  • Advanced to NAIA Championship semi-final game in 1991
  • 3 time Dakota Athletic Conference Coach of the Year
  • 2 time North Dakota Sports Writers Coach of the Year
  • 12 time North Dakota Athletic Conference Coach of the Year
  • 4 time NAIA District 12 Football Coach of the Year
  • 17 Conference Titles
  • 15 NAIA Championship Football Playoff Appearances
  • Taught, coached, and impacted over 2,000 football players
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