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Associated Press, Published July 28 2009

Guy Fridley resigns coaching posts at Dickinson State

The coach who built one program and turned around another at Dickinson State has resigned.

Guy Fridley, who coached the DSU softball and women’s basketball teams to national prominence in the NAIA, resigned from the university Monday to become the secondary principal and athletic director at South Heart High School.

Fridley said being the head coach of two sports affected his personal and family life and heavily influenced his decision to take the administrative position.

Fridley spent seven seasons as the Blue Hawks’ head softball coach and was the women’s basketball coach for three seasons.

Fridley compiled a 219-85 record as DSU’s softball coach. Under his guidance, the Blue Hawks won the past four Dakota Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles and reached the past three NAIA national tournaments.

This year, DSU went as far as the national semifinals.

After taking over the women’s basketball team prior to the 2006-07 season, Fridley endured two struggling seasons – the Blue Hawks had a combined 13-44 record – before building a team that won both the DAC regular season and conference tournament titles.

The Blue Hawks’ breakout 2008-09 season eventually ended in the Elite Eight round of the NAIA Division II tournament. They finished 26-7 overall.