DICKINSON, N.D. - Dickinson State University coach Nick Walker has resigned from his position as head track and field coach and assistant football coach with the Blue Hawks. Walker has been in this role the last two years at Dickinson State. Walker has accepted a position with the Bowman schools. Walker's resignation will be effective at the end of the 2018 track season.
"We are thankful for Nick and all that he has done for Dickinson State the past two years," stated athletic director Pete Stanton, "Nick is very passionate about coaching and did a great job in both track and field and football. He worked very hard in recruiting and has developed a very well rounded track team in both the women and men because of it. We appreciate his commitment to our university and our student athletes."
Under Walker the Blue Hawk men's track team won the indoor and outdoor conference championship in 2017 as well as the indoor title in 2018. The women won the 2017 outdoor title as well. Coach Walker was named NSAA coach of the year in both years. In football, Walker was instrumental in helping the Blue Hawks win conference titles and making playoff appearances in both 2016 and 2017.
"I would like to thank coach Stanton and the faculty and staff at Dickinson State university for the past two years," stated Walker, "My time at DSU has been very enjoyable and successful. I am looking forward to watching the future success of both programs. Although it was a very tough decision for me, I am looking forward to spending more time with my family."
The coaching transition within the track program will be a smooth one for the Blue Hawks. Shayne Wittkopp will take over the duties as the head men's and women's track and field coach. Wittkopp is currently an assistant in the track program and is the head men's and women's cross country coach. In addition, Wittkopp teaches in the exercise science program at Dickinson State. Wittkopp has coached the past two years with the Blue Hawks after competing for and coaching at Dickinson State from 2002 to 2007.
"We are pleased to have Shayne be our next track and field coach. Shayne is very experienced and is well connected to our athletes and program. Shayne will be a tireless worker, mentor, and leader for both our track and field and cross country teams," stated Stanton.
Wittkopp stated, "I appreciate all the support I've received from the Blue Hawk Community during this transition. I am very excited and humbled at the opportunity to give back to a program that has been so impactful to me personally. I will work hard to continue the DSU track tradition of success."
Wittkopp will take over the duties of the new position at the conclusion of the 2018 outdoor season.