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DSU Foundation, Touchdown Club host Biesiot Roast & Toast

Press Photo by Dustin Monke In this 2010 file photo, former Dickinson State football coach Hank Biesiot, right, accompanied by his wife, Sue, addresses a crowd at the renaming of the Biesiot Activities Center.

Former Dickinson State head football coach Hank Biesiot is unforgettable.

From his unique and genuine personality — filled with his “Hankisms” — to his highly successful coaching methods, Biesiot was a staple not just of DSU football, but of the community as well.

To remember his 38 years of coaching, the DSU Alumni and Foundation and the Blue Hawk Touchdown Club will host the Henry “Hank” Biesiot Roast and Toast at 5:30 p.m. on June 6 at the Biesiot Activities Center.

The roast will consist of a number of speakers that range from former players and his two sons, Vincent and Tony. Tickets are $100 with proceeds from the tickets — excluding the cost of the meal — go to the Coach Biesiot Scholarship Fund.

“We look forward to seeing many friends and former players from more than eight states come to honor coach Biesiot,” Foundation CEO Kevin J. Thompson said in a statement. “He has dedicated his life to DSU football and we are pleased to be a part of this lasting tribute to Hank.”

Biesot joined DSU in 1972 as a defensive coordinator and associate professor of health and physical education. He was named the head football coach of the Blue Hawks three years later. During his tenure, DSU saw a significant amount of success which included 17 conference titles, 15 NAIA national playoff games and a 258-122-1 record. In 2006, Biesiot became the first DSU coach to be inducted into the NAIA Coaching Hall of Fame.

Thousands of players have had the privilege of playing under Biesiot throughout the decades with some citing him as a major reason for shaping their professional careers as coaches.

“He was more than just a coach to me; he was a mentor and a friend,” Jerry Kushner said.

Kushner attended DSU from 1978-81 and currently coaches at American River College in Sacramento, Calif.

“If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have become a coach.”

Eric Boettcher, a former player and President of the Blue Hawk Touchdown Club added: “He always did everything the right way … and he did it with class. All that rubbed off on me. He was a big influence.”

Cocktail hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and a dance following at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., respectively. For more information about tickets, call the Foundation at 701-483-2004 or visit the website at

Meaghan MacDonald

Meaghan is the sports page designer and copy editor for the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.  After graduating from James Madison University (Va.) in May 2013, she moved from New Jersey to North Dakota to start pursuing her career in sports journalism and was a sports reporter for the Dickinson Press and covered Dickinson State athletics. Meaghan has been working for the Forum since June 2015.