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Hank Biesiot hangs up the whistle for Dickinson State

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Through all of the changes made in the Dickinson State football program one thing has stayed the same.
Hank Biesiot has been the Head Coach of the Bluehawks since 1976.
Saturday was his final game.
Jon Schaeffer has more as Hank hangs up the headset on a career that is unmatched by just about any other coach.

Simply put Hank Biesiot is Dickinson State Football.

(SAM HERAUF/ DSU PLAYER) "As a kid you always wanted to play for the Bluehawks always wanted to play for Coach B."

Hank has spent 38 years as the head coach of the Bluehawks-- winning 258 games 17 conference Championships and making 15 NAIA playoff appearances.
But his legacy as a coach reaches deeper then just records.

(PETE STANTON/ ASSISTANT COACH) "He's in the NAIA Hall of fame, he's has numerous wins he has numerous playoff victories but the thing that I'll remember most for about him is what type of person he was and what class he displayed and how well respected he was by everyone in our program."

Last night Hank announced to his team his decision to retire .
He says it's a choice that he has thought long and hard about-- but now is the right time to step away from the game.

(HANK BIESIOT) "Everybody thinks about it a little but more seriously in the last year, but I just really felt that I owed it to the players and myself to get us prepared for the next conference.We've had this brief interim that we've been in a conference that stretches to the Oregon coast. You know I just wanted to see that through."

(PETE STANTON) "It was a difficult time for everybody knowing that this was the last he'd be together with the team and he's been such a fixture and foundation you know in all of our lives."

Hank says it still hasn't hit him yet but he knows he'll miss being around the football team.
However He'll still be cheering on the players he has called his family for so many years.

(HANK) "I'm sure I'll be a much better coach from the middle of bleachers. I said I've never lost a game with somebody else's team is a line I've said a hundred times but it'll be easy. I do know you miss being around the football team and I've always known that. Maybe that's why I haven't had the guts enough to quit 40 years ago."

  He's the second winningest coach in NAIA history -- His legacy is forever...
  The face of Dickinson football will be missed...

(SAM HERAUF) "I wanna say thanks for everything. He's done a whole lot for my family. He's always been good to me and stuff so it was just an honor to play for him."

(PETE STANTON) "Thanks for being you know not the coaching part but for being a classy person. For showing everybody else the way."

    Biesiot will continue teaching through the rest of the school year at DSU, they athletic director is looking for a new head coach immediately.

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