While attending BH, Special Service Award recipient Lanny Swisher played football and baseball and even wrestled his junior year. He married Dnyee Schatz in December 1972 and graduated one year later with an art degree and a history minor.

For the next 6 years Swisher lived in North Dakota and managed the family cow-calf and quarter horse operation there while also working the family farm near Groton. In 1989 Swisher, his wife, and two children moved back to Spearfish. For the last 12 years Swisher has volunteered his time at the BHSU equipment room in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center. Swisher is such a fixture at the Young Center that Tony Silva, athletic trainer for BHSU, thought he was a paid staff person for years before finding out that all of Swisher’s hard work was done on a volunteer basis.

Everyone who wrote to nominate Swisher said it was more than his help in the equipment room that made him such a valued member for the Young Center staff. They all mentioned the contribution he makes to the lives of everyone who spends time around him through the various BHSU sports' programs.


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