Dickinson State drops Graupe's "interim" tag

Dickinson State drops Graupe's "interim" tag

DICKINSON, N.D. -- Dickinson State University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Daniel announced today that Mark Graupe has been named the women's basketball head coach.  

Graupe was initially hired in September as the interim head coach following the departure of Caleb Harrison.  Dickinson State conducted a full search for the head women's coach and instructor of health and physical education following the conclusion of the 2013-14 season.

A native of Crosby, N.D., Graupe has experience at several levels of collegiate basketball.  From 2001-2008 Graupe led Lake Region Junior College to four 20 win seasons, one Mon Dak Conference title, and two Region 13 titles.  In 2008, Graupe received the Thomas Clifford Award from the University of North Dakota. 

Previously, Graupe was the top assistant and interim head men's coach at Dartmouth College in the Ivy League.  He also spent a year at Colorado State under current Nebraska head coach Tim Miles.

"We are excited to have Mark on permanently," Daniel said.  "He has proven to be an exceptional coach and is a great fit within the athletic department.  We are very glad to have him at DSU."

Graupe led the Blue Hawks to a 14-16 record in the 2013-14 season, despite battling injuries throughout the year.  He also helped guide Mariah Duran to an Honorable Mention All-Conference selection.

"I have always had the approach that I wasn't just an interim and I was building for the future," Graupe said.  "I am thankful that Tim and Dickinson State have given me an opportunity to build the program."

Poised with his first recruiting class, Graupe will look to make a splash in the North Star Athletic Association in 2014-15.

For more information contact Caleb Dunlop, sports marketing and information director, at (701) 483-2159 or caleb.dunlop@dickinsonstate.edu.