DICKINSON, ND- The Blue Hawk Booster Club is pleased to announce the 2016 Fall Award Recipients who will be recognized at halftime of the DSU Football game against Dakota State this Saturday and at the Booster Club post-game social in the Sod Buster Saloon held at the Elks Club. The ceremony will begin at 5:30 PM (MDT). The 2016 Football Seniors will also be recognized at the social.
Kathy Kohler- Honorary Letterman Award
Kathy Kohler is a long time resident of Dickinson, ND, she graduated from Dickinson High School and attended Dickinson State College from 1976 to 1979.
She is the Daughter of Milo Dullum and the late Grace Dullum.
Kathy is married to Dennis Kohler, Dennis owns and operates Kohler Communications where Kathy presently works as the Office Manager. They have one son Dustin who lives in Houston, TX and works as a Chemical Engineer.
Kathy was Sports Coordinator for the DHS Booster Board, Vice President of Mustang Baseball, President of Dickinson Baseball and worked with the Dickinson Public Schools Foundation.
Kathy would like to thank the DSU Booster Board for this Honorary Letterman award. "It truly is nice to be recognized for something that you enjoy doing. The many wonderful people, the great athletes, coaches, and referees that I have had a chance to work with and watch is the most enjoyable part of the job."
Ron Wingenbach- Outstanding Achievement Award
Ron Wingenbach is a native of Carson, North Dakota, where he was valedictorian of the Class of 1978. Wingenbach acquired his college math degree from Dickinson State University in 1984 and Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Dakota in 2004.
He was selected as the outstanding senior of DSU's Class of 1984. Wingenbach has been a Head football coach for thirty-three years; six at Carrington and twenty-seven years at Bismarck Century High School. While at Carrington, Ron led the Cardinals to the 1988 state championship and was recognized as the Class B Football Coach of the Year. Since becoming the head football coach at Century, Wingenbach has led the Patriots to the football playoffs twenty-three of the last twenty-seven years.
Ron's 1994, 2010, 2011, and 2016 Century teams were crowned Western Dakota Association Co-Champs and his 1995 and 2002 teams were crowned outright West Region Champions. The Patriots have advanced to the semi-finals twelve times since 1999 and fourteen times during his tenure. In 2011 & 2012, the Patriots were state runner-ups and the 2015 squad won the first state title in school history. Ron served as the head track and field coach at Century High School from 1992-2002, finishing as state runners-up in 1995 and 1996. The Patriots under Wingenbach garnered top five finishes at the State Meet in seven of his eleven years as head coach.
He currently serves as an assistant coach in the track program at Century. Ron and his wife, Mary, have three children and four grandchildren; Nicole and Nick Walker and daughters Mickellyn and Tenley; Kenyon and wife Cassity; daughter Tatum and son Penn; and Kameron, a senior at the University of North Dakota.
Al Koppinger- Loyalty Award
Al attended Dickinson State from 1972-1976 where he was a four year letter winner in track. He graduated with a degree in Math and P.E. Al married Cindy Wheeler (DSU '77) in 1976.
After graduation, he taught and coached in Hebron for four years.
Al returned to Dickinson in 1980 and began teaching and coaching at Hagen Jr. High before transfering to Dickinson High School in 1990. He retired from teaching in 2008 and began driving bus for Dakota Bus and then for Dickinson public schools activities. Al moved to Spearfish after his wife retired in 2015.
In the early 80's, Al began spotting for announcer Botz Burda at the Blue Hawk football games. When Botz retired Al took over announcing duties. He continued announcing until 1991 when there were too many conflicts with his coaching at Dickinson High School.
In 2007, Al began as scoreboard operator for Blue Hawk football team and continued with that until his move to Spearfish.
Al started his first Blue Hawk Games track meet in 1983 and has only missed one Blue Hawk Games meet since then, due to a coaching conflict one year.