DICKINSON, ND- The Dickinson State University Volleyball team will be hosting the 2nd Annual "Stanton Strong Night." This night is in support of the late Coach Dan Stanton who lost his battle with brain cancer two years ago. The Blue Hawks will be wearing "Stanton Strong" shirts this night, and they ask the attendees to please wear gray or Stanton Strong t-shirts in support of Brain Cancer Awareness.
"Stanton Strong" shirts are on sale now at the DSU Heritage Foundation for $10/shirt. All proceeds go to the Dan Stanton Memorial Scholarship Fund.
DSU Volleyball match is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12th at 6:00pm MST vs. Presentation College.
Dan Stanton graduated from Baker High School in 1986 where he excelled in three sports. He then went to college at Dickinson State University where he participated in football and track. At DSU Dan played LB and played on 3 conference championship teams, including the 1989 and 1990 team that won 2 National playoff games. He was on the DSU team in 1989 that defeated Carroll College for the school's first national playoff win. He graduated from DSU in 1991 with a double major in Social Studies and PE.
He began his 24 year career at Miles City in 1991. He spent his entire career in Miles City, first teaching at the middle school and later at CCDHS. He coached three sports for most of his career. In 2001 Dan was named head basketball coach and his 2003 team made the state tournament.
In 2004 Dan was named head FB coach at CCDHS, after serving as an assistant and later defensive coordinator for 8 years. Dan compiled an 84-30 record in 12 years with the Cowboys. His only losing season was the 2007 season when he was diagnosed with brain cancer and missed most of the season. The Cowboys came back in the historic 2008 season to win Dan's first state championship with a 12-1 record. In 2010 the team repeated the feat as they again went 12-1 and won another state championship. Dan was the coach of the East Shrine team in 2009 and the coach of the Badlands Bowl in 2011. He was named MCA Coach of the year in 2008 and 2010.
Dan was also the head track coach at CCDHS and was named teacher of the year at CCDHS in 2014. He inspired hundreds of students and athletes during his time at Miles City. Besides being a great coach, he was known for his hard work, mental toughness, compassion for all people, and his unique sense of humor. Dan passed away on September 13, 2015. It is in his honor that the 2nd annual Stanton Strong Night is held.