Dickinson State football coach Hank Biesiot is a milestone man.
Biesiot goes into Saturday’s game against Jamestown College ranked second in the NAIA in all-time wins and hoping to help the team capture its 400th win in school history. With 245 wins to his credit, however, Biesiot is fast approaching another, more impressive milestone. A win over Jamestown would put him with 10 wins of the NAIA’s all-time coaching wins record.
Frosty Westering had a 256-81-7 record when Pacific Lutheran left the NAIA for NCAA Division III in 1997. He finished his career with a 305-96-7 record.
Biesiot is the winningest active coach in the NAIA, and has been since 2003. He has the fifth most wins among active four-year college football coaches. John Gagliardi of St. John’s (473) is the undisputed wins leader followed by Penn State’s Joe Paterno (396), Mount Union’s Larry Kehres (291) and Carson-Newman’s Ken Sparks (289). Behind Biesiot in fifth place isÂ Albany’s Bob Ford (242) while coachÂ Kevin Donley of the NAIA’s St. Francis (Ind.)Â is Â right on Biesiot’s heels with 239 wins.
DSU would have to stay undefeated all the way to the NAIA Championship game for him to pass Westering this season. So, let’s be realistic and say Biesiot passes the mark sometime early next season.