Pete Stanton was named the 15th head coach in Dickinson State history in December of 2013. Stanton will enter his fifth season as head coach and has a career head coaching record of 33-12. He is currently third amongst Dickinson State coaches in career wins. He led the Blue Hawks to the NSAA conference championship and an appearance in the NAIA national playoffs in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Stanton has coached 18 years with the program after spending 14 years as an assistant coach. While an assistant Stanton coached numerous all-conference players and four of his linebackers earned All-American status. During those 14 years the Blue Hawks won seven conference championships and advanced to the NAIA play-offs seven times. As a head coach Stanton has coached five All-American players.
Stanton is a native of Baker, MT where he was a three sport athlete. He has a wealth of coaching experience having been the head football coach at Terry, MT for nine years and the head coach at Belgrade, MT for two years before coming to DSU in 2000. He had a 70-20 record at Terry High School where his teams made the playoffs all nine years. The Terry teams advanced to the state championship game on three different occasions.
Not only does Stanton have a rich history of coaching at Dickinson State, but is also an alumni. Stanton played for the Blue Hawks during their domination in the mid-80's. He was part of two playoff teams and his three-year record as a player at DSU was an outstanding 25-4. He was a two-time All-Conference and All-District selection as a safety. In 1987, he was named 1st Team NAIA All-American and an Academic All-American. He was awarded the Harry J. Wienbergen male athlete of the year award as a senior. He was inducted into the Dickinson State Athletic Hall of Fame in the fall of 2004.
Stanton earned a Master's Degree from Montana State University and is currently serving as the athletic director for the Blue Hawks. Prior to taking over as head coach, Stanton was the head men and women's track and field coach. He was named the NAIA Men's Outdoor Track and Field National Coach of the Year for four straight years from 2003-2006 after leading the Blue Hawk men to national championships in 2006, 2005 and 2004 and runner-up finishes in 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. His 2004-2006 teams were inducted into the DSU Hall of Fame in 2016.
He was selected as the 2006 and 2003 North Dakota Sportscasters and Sportswriters College Coach of the Year and his 2006, 2005, and 2004 men's track team was selected as North Dakota male college team of the year. He was named the conference men's track and field Coach of the Year ten times since 2002. He led the Blue Hawk men to conference championships in track every year from 2003 to 2012. He has been named NSAA conference football coach of the year in 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Coach Stanton recruits eastern Montana and western North Dakota.
He and his wife Candace reside in Dickinson with their children Luke and Maddy.