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Longtime Dickinson State football coach announces retirement

By Chip Patterson | Staff Writer

After 38 seasons of leading the Dickinson State football team, longtime NAIA coach Hank Biesiot announced his retirement on Thursday.

Biesiot led the Blue Hawks to 32 winning seasons, 17 conference championships and 15 NAIA appearances. He was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 2006 and finishes his career with 258 career wins.

"I am grateful for the opportunity that Dickinson State has given me, to teach and coach at the university," Biesiot said via the AP. "The support shown by friends, boosters and fans has made this an exceptional community for me. The relationships are everlasting and heartfelt."

Biesiot came to Dickinson State in 1972 as the defensive coordinator and was promoted to head coach in 1976. He also served as the school's head baseball coach from 1976 to 2001.

"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," Dickinson State athletic director Tim Daniel said.

The school's football stadium was renamed the Henry Biesiot Activities Center last year.

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