Black Hills State, Minot State need basketball coaches

Black Hills State men’s basketball coach Paul Sather will succeed coaching legend Don Meyer at Northern State.

The NCAA Division II school in Aberdeen made the announcement Friday.

Sather has spent the past five seasons as the head coach at Black Hills State in Spearfish, S.D., a member of the Dakota Athletic Conference.

The 65-year-old Meyer is battling health problems and retiring. He finished his career with a record of 923-324. The NCAA considers Meyer the winningest men’s college basketball coach, even though his career was split between the NAIA and NCAA.

This past season, Philadelphia University’s Herb Magee passed Bob Knight’s 902 wins mark counting only NCAA games and Harry Statham at NAIA powerhouse McKendree University notched his 1,000th victory.

Sather is the second new head coach hired at NSU this year. Former Jamestown College football coach Tom Dosch was hired for the same position at NSU in December after two years as an assistant coach at Southern Illinois.

Sather is the second DAC school in search of a basketball coach.

Minot State parted ways with coach Mike Hultz as well, announcing they would not renew the contract of the winningest coach in school history.

Hultz, an Idaho native, went 194-159 during his 12-year run.
Minot State is transitioning to Division II, but will remain in the DAC for the next 2 years.