@BHSUAthletics July 25


My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.

The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.

In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.

I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.

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Name of University: Black Hills State University

Location: Spearfish SD

At the 2014 NCAA Convention it was decided that Triathlon would become a NCAA Sport if enough members sponsored the sport which occurred in 2016. One of the first universities to do that was Black Hills State University in Spearfish SD.

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The university, founded in 1883, is located in the northern Black Hills, a region abundant with outdoor activity and culture. Spearfish, S.D., is recognized as one of the top 10 most livable small town in the USA and has also been recognized nationally for outdoor recreational opportunities.  That culture supported the decision for this NCAA Division II member to sponsor Triathlon.

The second longest collegiate athletic rivalry in America takes place in the Black Hills. The rivalry between Black Hills State University and South Dakota School of Mines & Technology dates back to 1900. The winner of the football game takes the Homestake Trophy for the year.

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Black Hills State University is now an institution comprised of 123 acres of land overlooking the city of Spearfish. Twenty-one main buildings, serve the nearly 4,000 students and 132 full-time faculty members.

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