Pete Stanton was named the 15th head coach in Dickinson State history in December
of 2013 and was appointed the interim director of intercollegiate athletics in 2017.
Stanton has coached 18 years with the program after spending 14 years as an assistant
coach. He is currently third amongst Dickinson State coaches in career wins and led
the Blue Hawks to the NSAA conference championship and an appearance in the NAIA national
playoffs in 2015, 2016, and 2017. As a head coach Stanton has coached five All-American
Stanton is a native of Baker, MT where he was a three sport athlete. He has a wealth
of coaching experience having been the head football coach at Terry, MT for nine years
and the head coach at Belgrade, MT for two years before coming to DSU in 2000. He
had a 70-20 record at Terry High School where his teams made the playoffs all nine
years. The Terry teams advanced to the state championship game on three different
Not only does Stanton have a rich history of coaching at Dickinson State, but is also
an alumni. Stanton played for the Blue Hawks during their domination in the mid-80's.
He was part of two playoff teams and his three-year record as a player at DSU was
an outstanding 25-4. He was a two-time All-Conference and All-District selection as
a safety. In 1987, he was named 1st Team NAIA All-American and an Academic All-American.
He was awarded the Harry J. Wienbergen male athlete of the year award as a senior.
He was inducted into the Dickinson State Athletic Hall of Fame in the fall of 2004.
Stanton earned a Master's Degree from Montana State University and is currently serving
as the athletic director for the Blue Hawks. Prior to taking over as head coach, Stanton
was the head men and women's track and field coach. He was named the NAIA Men's Outdoor
Track and Field National Coach of the Year for four straight years from 2003-2006
after leading the Blue Hawk men to national championships in 2006, 2005 and 2004 and
runner-up finishes in 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. His 2004-2006 teams were inducted
into the DSU Hall of Fame in 2016.
He was selected as the 2006 and 2003 North Dakota Sportscasters and Sportswriters
College Coach of the Year and his 2006, 2005, and 2004 men's track team was selected
as North Dakota male college team of the year. He was named the conference men's track
and field Coach of the Year ten times since 2002. He led the Blue Hawk men to conference
championships in track every year from 2003 to 2012. He has been named NSAA conference
football coach of the year in 2015, 2016, and 2017.