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Award named after longtime DSU coach Hank Biesiot

USA College Sports, Inc., has announced the creation of the Biesiot Award, an award recognizing the most outstanding NAIA football scholar-athlete of the year.

The award, named after longtime Dickinson State head coach Hank Biesiot, honors excellence in athletics, academics and community service. The award will be presented Jan. 14 at the second annual Hansen Bowl, an all-star small college football game named after small college football media pioneer Don Hansen.

Biesiot was elected into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 2006 and enters his 37th season in 2012 with 255 career victories, two away from the NAIA career wins record.

Nominations for the first honoree that will be awarded following the 2012 season will be made by the college presidents with supporting letters and credentials provided by the head football coach and sports information director.

After the NAIA members of the Hansen Bowl Executive Board screen the nominations and narrow the field to 10 finalists, the 25-member Biesiot Award national selection panel will rank the candidates 1-10 to determine the recipient.

DSU opens its season at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 with its first-ever Frontier Conference game against Rocky Mountain College at the Badlands Activities Center, which will be renamed after Biesiot in October.

Dustin Monke

Monke came to The Dickinson Press in July 2006 as the newspaper's sports editor and was hired as its managing editor in March 2013. During his tenure at The Press, Monke has won multiple awards for sports reporting, feature reporting, column writing, page design and photography. He was a key part of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, and oversaw The Press' Sweepstakes and General Excellence wins in 2014, as well as its national first-place honors for Community Leadership in the Inland Daily Press Association and contributed to the first-place Inland award for Investigative Reporting. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occasional Sunday column, is a member of The Press' Editorial Board, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports and action movies, exercises whenever his schedule allows, and spends every minute he can with his wife and son.

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