Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame Inductees
The MSU Athletic Hall of Fame adopted the “Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame” in 2010. The purpose of this division of the Hall of Fame is to recognize Mayville State alumni who have excelled in their coaching careers. The Mayville State University Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee chooses the recipients of the award from a pool of nominations submitted throughout the year.
According to former players, “unwavering leadership and direction,” “a player’s coach,” “always there,” and having “a passion for the game of baseball” define Jim Bisenius’ coaching career. Six of those players played in the Major Leagues, while one, Jon Miller, is in the Baseball Hall of Fame. In all, 34 of his high school baseball players signed professional contracts, while two others went on to play pro football. He was the freshman/sophomore basketball (1965-80) and varsity baseball coach (1965-92) at Hayward, Calif., High School. His basketball teams earned 11 league titles and recorded five undefeated seasons, giving Bisenius an overall record of 227-29. His baseball teams earned 25 championships. He was twice named Northern California Baseball Coach of the Year, and was the Area Coach of the Year five times. A three-sport athlete at Mayville State, Bisenius was on the Comet baseball team that played in the NAIA world series in 1958. Bisenius coached Jr. Legion baseball in his hometown of Walhalla, N.D. from 1958-61 and three sports at Hunter, N.D. (1959-64) before beginning his coaching career in California. He graduated from MSU in 1959 with majors in business education and physical education.
“Stellar” describes Daniel Carr’s career as a high school boys basketball and golf coach at Linton, N.D. His lifetime record is 643-197. Record books from conference, district, regional and state tournaments regularly include the Linton Lions, who were Class B boys state runner-up in 1987 and champions in 1984, 1985, and 2009. In basketball, Carr has been named Coach of the Year, from district to national, an amazing 25 times, and was a finalist on the state or national level four times. In golf, he was regional Coach of the Year six times and state Coach of the Year once. His golf teams won 11 conference championships and nine regional championships. Carr is a member of the Central Lakes College Hall of Fame, Brainerd, Minn. Before his outstanding career at Linton, he coached Jr. Legion baseball in Verndale, Minn.; was an assistant in football, basketball, and baseball at Mayville State; coached boys basketball and track at Belgrade, Minn.; and coached summer baseball at Clifford-Galesburg, N.D. He graduated from Mayville State in 1978 with majors in social studies and physical education.
David M. Hanson
“Coaching has always been about teaching,” according to David Hanson, who began a career at St. Thomas, N.D. in 1971. In his 36-year career there he coached more than 1,700 games in baseball, basketball, and football, from fifth-grade through varsity. He also coached girls basketball. Hanson started the baseball program in St. Thomas, coaching the junior varsity and varsity for 20 years. His teams were in seven regional championships, went to state in 1994, and won the state tourney in 1995 and 1996. He was named regional Coach of the Year six times and state Coach of the Year in 1995. As athletic director at St. Thomas for 32 years, he was named AD of the Year seven times and regional AD of the Year once. In 2010 he was inducted into the North Dakota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Hall of Fame. Hanson played baseball at Mayville State in 1968 and 1969 and graduated in 1970 with majors in business education and psychology. He coached the Hatton, N.D. American Legion baseball team in 1970 and 1971 and was an assistant football coach in Hatton in 1970. Hanson retired from coaching in 2007.
John Hutchison has distinguished himself not only as a high school track and field coach (45 years), boys basketball coach (29 years), cross country coach (18 years), and assistant football coach (17 years), but as an athletic director and official of the North Dakota High School Activities Association. He managed numerous district and regional events for the North Dakota High School Activities Association. His resume includes earning North Dakota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NDIAAA) AD of the Year honors in 1985 and the National Coaches Dwight Keith Award in 2009. He was inducted into the Hillsboro (N.D.) Hall of Fame in 2009; the North Dakota High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1999; and the National Coaches Hall of Fame in 2002. He received Mayville State’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2000. He has been an officer for both the North Dakota and the national coaches associations, serving as president in North Dakota in 1980 and nationally in 2004. He has been the Red River Valley Conference secretary since 1978. A familiar figure at state track meets, he was a starter at state meets for six years. His boys basketball teams (varsity and JV) earned more than 390 victories and made two state Class B appearances. He graduated from Mayville State in 1967, majoring in English and physical education. He was a member of football, track and field, and cross country teams.
“A man of character” describes Bob Zimney, who coached track and field (39 years, three at Bottineau, N.D., and 36 years at Red River High School, Grand Forks, N.D.); football for 32 years (Bottineau and Red River; and basketball (three years in Bottineau). His Red River Roughriders took state Class A track and field championships in 1983 and 1992 and were runners-up in 1988, 1991, and 2009. Bob has been a consistent Coach of the Year nominee, earning the award at the regional and state levels. He has been a national nominee several times. He was inducted into the North Dakota High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the North Dakota High School Track and Field Hall of Fame. A member of the North Dakota High School Coaches Association Executive Committee, he was its president in 1994-95. He has been a convention/clinic presenter at state and national coaches conventions. Zimney has officiated basketball official for 30 years. He retired from teaching in 2010, but continues as an assistant football coach and head boys track and field coach at Red River. At Mayville State he competed for four years in football and track and played basketball one year. He graduated in 1974 with majors in mathematics and physical education.