Dickinson High School Athletic Director and coach Guy Fridley is one of 18 educators chosen by the North Dakota High School Coaches Association to be the state's 2021 finalists for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s national high school Coach of the Year.

The 2021 NHSACA National Convention will be held in Lincoln, Neb., July 24-26 in partnership with the Nebraska Coaches Association. At the convention they will be honoring inductees into the NHSACA national Coach Hall of Fame and the Coach of the Year ceremony.

Fridley and his wife will be attending the banquet and ceremony on Thursday and it will be from 5 to 8 p.m.

“This is an award for our entire athletic department and for all the coaches and my assistant Candace Stanton, along with our administration through the district, just everyone that is involved in athletics. It is a huge task to tackle alone,” Fridley said. “I grew up in a household where Dad was a lifelong coach and teamwork has been engraved in me since the day I started playing, and that team approach is so critical. … If it comes down to a basketball game, hockey game or a soccer match or whatever it happens to be, you need a group effort to be successful, and that's what we have."

A year and a half ago, Fridley was chosen by the NDHSAA Board of Directors to be a member for the North Dakota Interscholastic Athletic Administrator Association. His immersive background in coaching and educating granted him the opportunity, but his enjoyment of tending to his community's children athletic needs keeps him involved.

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“Our No. 1 goal is to always make a great experience for our kids and to ask, “hHow can we change what we are doing to make it even better for our kids?’ And that is always a challenge. Sometimes we swing and miss and sometimes we hit the ball,” Fridley said. “We touch a big area in southwest North Dakota in providing a great opportunity for kids here to compete on a yearly basis. … We added a few sports over the last few years — soccer, five years ago swimming — and we are working on a multimillion-dollar sports complex with Dickinson State University and Dickinson Parks and Rec.”

Also in the list of finalists in the local area is Randy Burwick, Hettinger High School wrestling head coach. He has had a successful career, winning back- to-back state titles in 2000 and 2001, and his 2017 term won the state dual championship. Burwick has coached several state champions, including his five-time state title son, Kyle Burwick.