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DSU's Graupe named as a finalist for Minot State job

Dickinson State head coach Mark Graupe is one of two finalists for the opening as head women’s basketball coach at Minot State. (Samuel Evers / The Dickinson Press)

Dickinson State women's basketball coach Mark Graupe, who has compiled a 46-17 record in his last two seasons with the Blue Hawks, was named as one of two finalists for the opening as head women's basketball coach at Minot State, according to a press release on Monday from the Minot State athletic department.

Graupe, whose teams have reached the NAIA Division II National Tournament two years in a row, declined to extensively comment about the announcement, electing, he said, to let the process play out.

The other finalist for the position is Newberry College (S.C.) head coach Sean Page, who has spent the last nine seasons there, leading Newberry to the NCAA Division II National Tournament in 2010 and 2015.

He has also coached at the NAIA level with Brescia University (Ky.) and was an NCAA Division I assistant coach for five years combined—four at Troy University and one year at Boise State University.

According to the press release, an on-campus interview is scheduled for Graupe for Friday, March 24.

Over the last two seasons, the Blue Hawks have played and beaten NCAA Division II Minot State four times—twice in non-conference games and twice in exhibitions.

Samuel Evers

Sam covers Dickinson State athletics for The Press. He is a native of Somerville, Massachusetts, where former President Barack Obama once lived, and is a 2015 graduate of Emerson College in Boston. He likes basketball, newspapers, Gil Scott Heron and sneakers, among a few other things.  Before The Press, he worked as an assistant in the sports department at The Boston Globe.