Hank Biesiot

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Hank Biesiot
Sport(s) Football, baseball
Biographical details
Born 1945 (age 71–72)
Duluth, Minnesota
Playing career
n/a Mayville State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1968–1971 Langdon HS (ND)
1972–1975 Dickinson State (DC)
1976–2013 Dickinson State
1976–2001 Dickinson State
Head coaching record
Overall 258–121–1 (college football)
Tournaments 6–14 (NAIA playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
7 NDCAC (1986–1987, 1989–1992, 1994–1995)
7 DAC (2002–2005, 2008–2010)
NAIA Hall of Fame (2006)

Henry A. "Hank" Biesiot (born 1945) is a former American football player and coach.[1] He was the head football coach at Dickinson State University, a position he had held since the 1976 season before retiring following the 2013 season. Biesiot was one of the few college football coaches with over 200 career wins and 30 seasons of experience at the collegiate level. In 2006, he was inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Hall of Fame as a coach.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Biesiot was considered a "standout" player of both football and baseball while a student at Mayville State University.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Biesiot is the former head football coach for the Dickinson State Blue Hawks located in Dickinson, North Dakota. In 2013, he finished his 38th seasons in that capacity, a streak that began in 1976. As of September 27, 2013, his coaching record at Dickinson State is 257 wins, 115 losses, and 1 tie. This ranks him #1 at Dickinson State in total wins and #2 at the school in winning percentage (.690).[4]

As a coach, he has led his team to the NAIA playoffs a total of 14 times, advancing as far as the semifinals in 1991.[5] His team concluded the 2010 regular season with an overall record of 8–1, 6–1 in conference play.[6]

Biesiot earned his 250th career victory on October 30, 2010 with a 45–13 conference victory over rival Minot State.[7]

Biesiot also was the head coach for the Blue Hawk baseball program from 1976 to 2001


Biesiot is a retired Associate Professor of Health and Physical Education at Dickinson State. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Mayville State University and a Master of Science from the University of North Dakota.[8]

NAIA career wins leader[edit]

Biesiot was involved in a chase to the top of the record books for all time wins by an NAIA coach. Biesiot won all of his victories with one school, Dickinson State University, which played NAIA football during his entire tenure. Kevin Donley has more overall wins, but his record has been attained while coaching four different football programs, one of which was not in the NAIA.[9][10]

Head coaching record[edit]

College football[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Dickinson State Blue Hawks (North Dakota College Athletic Conference) (1976–1999)
1976 Dickinson State 4–4–1 5th
1977 Dickinson State 4–5 4th
1978 Dickinson State 5–4 3rd
1979 Dickinson State 7–2 3rd
1980 Dickinson State 7–2 2nd
1981 Dickinson State 9–1 1st L NAIA Division II Quarterfinal
1982 Dickinson State 8–1 T–1st
1983 Dickinson State 7–2 T–3rd
1984 Dickinson State 6–3 T–3rd
1985 Dickinson State 7–2 2nd
1986 Dickinson State 9–1 1st L NAIA Division II Quarterfinal
1987 Dickinson State 9–1 1st L NAIA Division II First Round
1988 Dickinson State 8–1 2nd
1989 Dickinson State 9–2 1st L NAIA Division II Quarterfinal
1990 Dickinson State 9–2 T–1st L NAIA Division II Quarterfinal
1991 Dickinson State 10–2 T–1st L NAIA Division II Semifinal
1992 Dickinson State 7–2 T–1st
1993 Dickinson State 5–4 3rd
1994 Dickinson State 6–3 T–1st
1995 Dickinson State 10–1 1st L NAIA Division II First Round
1996 Dickinson State 5–4 T–4th
1997 Dickinson State 6–3 T–2nd
1998 Dickinson State 6–3 3rd
1999 Dickinson State 7–3 2nd L NAIA First Round
Dickinson State Blue Hawks (Dakota Athletic Conference) (2000–2011)
2000 Dickinson State 6–4 T–4th
2001 Dickinson State 6–4 4th
2002 Dickinson State 9–2 T–1st L NAIA First Round
2003 Dickinson State 11–1 1st L NAIA Quarterfinal
2004 Dickinson State 10–2 T–1st L NAIA Quarterfinal
2005 Dickinson State 7–4 T–1st
2006 Dickinson State 6–4 2nd
2007 Dickinson State 3–7 T–4th
2008 Dickinson State 7–4 1st L NAIA First Round
2009 Dickinson State 7–4 1st L NAIA First Round
2010 Dickinson State 9–2 6–1 1st L NAIA First Round
2011 Dickinson State 4–6 3–3 2nd
Dickinson State Blue Hawks (Frontier Conference) (2012–2013)
2012 Dickinson State 2–9 1–9 4th (East)
2013 Dickinson State 1–10 0–10 8th
Dickinson State: 258–121–1
Total: 258–121–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title

See also[edit]