DICKINSON, ND- Dickinson State University Head Men's and Women's Cross Country and Assistant Track & Field Coach, Ben Shroyer, has announced his resignation from the position, effective on June 23. Shroyer has recently accepted a high school athletic director position with Dayton Christian Schools in Ohio.
"I would like to thank former Athletic Director Tim Daniel for giving me the opportunity to coach and lead the Blue Hawk distance runners the past three years," stated Shroyer. "It has been a joy to coach all of the current and past student-athletes that I have had in this program."
Shroyer has served at Dickinson State since 2011, when he was initially hired to oversee and manage the then Badlands Activities Center (BAC). Under Shroyer, the BAC has grown to host over 250 events annually. In 2014, Shroyer was asked to lead the cross country program and be an assistant track & field coach. He has worked diligently to grow the size and quality of the cross country program, which now has over seventeen runners. In three years, Shroyer guided the men's and women's cross country teams to back-to-back NSAA championship team titles in 2015 and 2016; and automatic berths to the NAIA National Cross Country Championships. 2015 was the first ever conference title for the women's cross country team and the first conference title for the men's cross country team since 2011.
"I also want to say thank you to each of my athletes for devoting their time, energy, and talents to the program. Each one of you has helped build the program to the level it is today. I am proud of what we have accomplished together the last three years and am excited to see what the future holds!"
As the Assistant Track & Field Coach, Shroyer helped the track & field program set three new school records (Brittney Grove and Eddie Meneses in the Marathon and recently the Outdoor Women's 4x800 relay team of Jacey Wilson, Amanda Wolff, Lisa Townsend, and Paitton Herbst). In 2015, Shroyer led Meneses to All-American honors in the marathon; and during the 2016 season, four distance runners qualified for the NAIA outdoor track & field championships in Alabama.
Shroyer was named NSAA Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2015 and 2016. He has served as the NSAA Cross Country Sport Chair and rater for the NAIA.
"My family and I are excited to return closer to Ohio and be closer to family; but I will miss coaching, managing the BAC, and all of the wonderful friendships we have in Dickinson. We wish Dickinson State University the very best. Go Blue Hawks!"
An announcement regarding the next head men's and women's cross country coach and coordinator of the Biesiot Activities Center will be made in the near future.