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July 2015 -- e-Newsletter for Bemidji State University Athletics 

Beaver Pride introduction
15BSU_Adrian_Dunn_0002   Adrian Dunn
  DIr. Annual
Giving, Athletics
Greetings, Beaver Nation! I'd like to introduce, or maybe, reintroduce myself. I'm Adrian Dunn and after a few years dabbling in collegiate coaching, I returned home to Bemidji State, where I played and coached football, and accepted the Director of Annual Giving, Athletics position at the BSU Foundation. In this role, I will be dedicating a large portion of my time to working with the Beaver Pride organization and its members. I've been on the job for just over a month now and have already had the opportunity to meet many of the good people of Beaver Nation and look forward to getting to know more of you.  If you have any questions about Beaver Pride, membership or how you can play a role in Beaver Athletics, please call me at (218) 755-2827 or send me an email. Go Green!
Galen Nagle golf outing set for July 17
14NagleGolf_0119  2014 Galen Nagle golf event  
Bemidji State alumni, friends and fans of Beaver Hockey will gather at the Bemidji Town and Country Club Friday, July 17 to participate in the 17th Annual Galen Nagle Memorial Golf Tournament sponsored by Sanford Health. The cost to participate in the Texas scramble is $110 per person. Register yourself or your five-person team online now. All proceeds directly benefit the BSU men's ice hockey program.
DeVille takes reins of women's hoops
 Chelsea DeVille
Director of Athletics Tracy Dill has announced Chelsea DeVille as the new Head Coach of the Bemidji State women’s basketball program.

A proven recruiter, familiar with the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, DeVille comes to BSU after serving on the University of Sioux Falls women’s basketball coaching staff since 2009.
[press conference video] [photos]

Prapavessis gets NHL shot
prapsabres  Matt Prapavessis
Former Bemidji State defenseman Matt Prapavessis was among nearly 60 of the Buffalo Sabres' top prospects, its 2015 draft picks and the 2015 Hobey Baker Award winner June 6-10, participating in the NHL organization's development camp in Buffalo, N.Y.
Beaver Hockey 2015-16 schedules set
  Sanford Center
Eighteen regular-season home games, 11 games versus 2015 NCAA Tournament participants and the defense of its North Star College Cup title highlight BSU's 36-game 2015-16 men’s ice hockey schedule.

Women’s hockey looks to build upon its record-setting 2014-15 campaign with a 34-game 2015-16 schedule, 18 of which will be played in the Sanford Center. The BSU women kick off their regular season Sept. 25-25 against Robert Morris University at the Sanford Center.
[download Beaver hockey e-calendars]
Kean to lead cross country and track
 keanwelcomesocial    Kevin Kean
Kevin Kean, who recently completed his third season as an assistant track and field coach at NCAA Division II Tiffin University, has been named Bemidji State's new Cross Country and Track and Field Head Coach.
[press conference video] [photos]
Gordy Skaar golf outing a success
 Brian Leonhardt
Former Bemidji State football player Brian Leonhardt, now a tight end of the NFL's Oakland Raiders, was among the 240 participants in the 38th Annual Gordy Skaar Memorial Golf Tournament at Bemidji Town and Country Club, June 19. The event, which benefits BSU's athletic scholarship fund, raised in excess of $50,000.
BSU quartet earn Preseason All-America
 Blascyk, Holder, Hein and          Valentine  
Colton Blascyk, Blake Holder, Jesse Hein and Matthew Valentine of the Bemidji State football team have been named to the 26th Annual USA D-II College Football Preseason All-American Team. Blascyk, a senior linebacker, and Holder, a sophomore wideout, earned spots on the first team, while Hein and Valentine, who are both junior offensive linemen, got second-team nods.
Zweirs gets call to NSIC Hall of Fame
 Patti Zweirs
Patti (Fitzgerald) Zwiers, a five-time shot put All-American and a 1988 NAIA national champion has been selected to the NSIC Hall of Fame and will be officially inducted July 15 in Burnsville, Minn. as a part of the league's annual summer meetings.
Marek earns NSIC's Noel Olson Award
  Dr. Keith Marek
Dr. Keith Marek will be honored with the NSIC's Noel Olson Volunteer of the Year Award, recognizing his commitment and dedication to Bemidji State and the NSIC, July 15. For more than 10 years, Dr. Marek's voice has been heard echoing around Chet Anderson Field, the BSU Gymnasium or anywhere else his announcing services are needed, as a volunteer public address announcer and National Anthem at BSU Athletic events
Prout earns Raymond Scholarship
15BSUTennis_Shaylin_Prout_72   Shaylin Prout
The NSIC has announced Bemidji State senior tennis player Shaylin Prout as one of 16 recipients of the second annual Butch Raymond Scholarship. The $5,000 scholarship is sponsored by Sanford Health and is given to one student-athlete from each of the NSIC’s 16 member institutions who has aspirations of working in the healthcare field.
BSU has 33 named to all-academic team
Northern Sun (color)  
Bemidji State landed 33 student-athletes on the 2015 Spring Academic All-NSIC Team. Led by its baseball team, which had 12 student-athletes recognized for academic accomplishment, BSU also had seven members of its women’s outdoor track and field team honored. To be eligible for the honor, student-athletes must maintain a grade point average of 3.20 or better, be a member of a varsity traveling team and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his or her institution with one full year completed at that campus.

In this issue:

Beaver Pride Introduction
Golf the Nagle
DeVille new women's hoops coach
Prapavessis at Sabres' camp
2015-16 hockey schedules
Kean named XC/TF coach
Skaar golf success
Football All-America
Zweirs to NSIC Hall of Fame
Marek honored for volunteerism
Prout gets Raymond Scholarship
Beavers earn All-Academic honors


Upcoming events:

BSU's HOME events only

Save the date:

July 17 -- Galen Nagle Memorial Golf Tournament

July 20 -- Men's Basketball Golf Outing

July 25 -- Jeff McBride Memorial Golf Tournament

Aug. 22 -- Ed Sauer Golf Tournament

Sept. 3 -- Community Appreciation Day

Oct. 2-4 -- Homecoming Weekend

Oct. 3 -- Alumni Football Reunion

Jan. 30-31
-- North Star College Cup

April 16 -- Green & White Dinner and Auction

For the complete Bemidji State Athletics calendar, visit the composite schedule

For more BSU campus events, please visit the
University Calendar

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W Golf BSU Invitational Bemidji, Minn.
Oct 2 Complete/1 of 2
Athletics Beaver Pride Luncheon Walnut Hall
Oct 2, 11:30 a.m.
W Ice Hockey Bemidji State 2 Burlington, Vt.
Oct 2, 11:30 a.m. Vermont 1
Volleyball MSU Moorhead 3 Bemidji, Minn.
Oct 2, 11:30 a.m. Bemidji State 1
W Soccer Bemidji State 0 Sioux Falls, S.D.
Oct 3, 11:30 a.m. Augustana 1
Football U-Mary ! 7 Bemidji, Minn.
Oct 3, 11:30 a.m. Bemidji State 39
W Ice Hockey Bemidji State 3 Burlington, Vt.
Oct 3, 11:30 a.m. Vermont 0
Volleyball (9) Northern State 3 Bemidji, Minn.
Oct 3, 11:30 a.m. Bemidji State 0
W Soccer Bemidji State 1 Wayne, Neb.
Oct 4, 11:30 a.m. Wayne State 0
M Ice Hockey Manitoba (exh.) 1 Bemidji, Minn.
Oct 4, 11:30 a.m. Bemidji State 6
M Golf NSIC Championship (Day 1) Lake City, Minn.
Oct 5 Complete/T-4 of 10
M Golf NSIC Championship (Day 2) Lake City, Minn.
Oct 6 Complete/5 of 10
Cross Country Bob Waxlax Invitational Sauk Rapids, Minn.
Oct 9 Complete/6 of 7
Volleyball Bemidji State 0 Wayne, Neb.
Oct 9 (10) Wayne State 3
W Ice Hockey (RV) Minnesota Duluth 0 Bemidji, Minn.
Oct 9 Bemidji State 2
M Ice Hockey Bemidji State Postponed
Oct 9 (3) Minnesota Duluth
W Golf NSIC Championship (Day 1) Nisswa, Minn.
Oct 10
Football Bemidji State Crookston, Minn.
Oct 10, 1:00 p.m. Minnesota Crookston
W Soccer Southwest Minnesota State Bemidji, Minn.
Oct 10, 1:00 p.m. Bemidji State
W Ice Hockey (RV) Minnesota Duluth Bemidji, Minn.
Oct 10, 2:07 p.m. Bemidji State
Volleyball Bemidji State Sioux Falls, S.D.
Oct 10, 3:00 p.m. (20) Augustana
M Ice Hockey (3) Minnesota Duluth Bemidji, Minn.
Oct 10, 7:07 p.m. Bemidji State
W Golf NSIC Championship (Day 2) Nisswa, Minn.
Oct 11
W Soccer Sioux Falls (Senior Day) Bemidji, Minn.
Oct 11, 1:00 p.m. Bemidji State
Athletics Beaver Pride Luncheon Walnut Hall
Oct 16, 11:30 a.m.
W Ice Hockey North Dakota Bemidji, Minn.
Oct 16, 2:07 p.m. Bemidji State
Volleyball Sioux Falls Bemidji, Minn.
Oct 16, 7:00 p.m. Bemidji State
M Ice Hockey North Dakota Bemidji,Minn.
Oct 16, 7:37 p.m. Bemidji State
W Soccer Bemidji State Aberdeen, S.D.
Oct 17, 1:00 p.m. Northern State
Football Bemidji State Moorhead, Minn.
Oct 17, 2:00 p.m. MSU Moorhead
W Ice Hockey Bemidji State Grand Forks, N.D.
Oct 17, 2:07 p.m. North Dakota
Volleyball Southwest Minnesota State Bemidji, Minn.
Oct 17, 4:00 p.m. Bemidji State
M Ice Hockey Bemidji State Grand Forks, N.D.
Oct 17, 7:07 p.m. North Dakota
W Soccer Bemidji State Moorhead, Minn.
Oct 18, 1:00 p.m. MSU Moorhead
Volleyball Minnesota Crookston Bemidji, Minn.
Oct 20, 7:00 p.m. Bemidji State
Athletics Beaver Pride Luncheon Walnut Hall
Oct 23, 11:30 a.m.
Volleyball Bemidji State Fayette, Iowa
Oct 23, 7:00 p.m. Upper Iowa
W Ice Hockey Bemidji State Madison, Wis.
Oct 23, 7:07 p.m. Wisconsin