Black Hills State University head men's basketball coach Paul Sather will step down after five seasons at BHSU to become the head men's basketball coach at Northern State University (NSU).
Sather replaces Don Meyer, who retired from coaching at the end of the 2009-2010 season.
Prior to joining the BHSU coaching staff, Sather spent six years as an assistant coach at NSU before serving as an assistant at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He was assistant coach for NSU for three Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) regular season championships and NSU’s first NSIC tournament championships.
Sather leaves BHSU with an overall record of 94-62 and two consecutive trips to the national tournament.
"We are very proud of Paul and his accomplishments at Black Hills State University. Not only have his teams been successful, they have also displayed integrity on and off the court," BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp said. “I appreciate his efforts to engage the community, especially the children. I wish he and his wife, Kelsie, all the best.”
During the 2008-09 season, Sather’s basketball team posted a BHSU record of 30-5 and earned an appearance in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Final Four after winning BHSU’s first-ever men’s basketball DAC Championship.
"Paul has been a tremendous asset to Black Hills State University," stated BHSU Athletic Director Jhett Albers. "He has built a men’s basketball program that alumni, donors, and fans can be proud of. I know that I am speaking on behalf of the entire Yellow Jacket Athletic Program when I wish Paul the very best in his future endeavors."
Originally from Princeton, Minn., Sather had a stellar collegiate career when he played at NSU from 1990-1994. He was team captain for the NSU Wolves when they earned back-to-back national runner-up finishes in 1993 and 1994.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in secondary education in 1995, he served as physical education teacher and assistant boy’s basketball coach at Sidney High School in Nebraska from 1996-1997. The following year he was a graduate assistant at Wayne State while he earned his master’s degree in sports administration.
Sather and his wife, Kelsie, are the parents of two children, Sam, 6, and Rebecca, 2.