North Dakota

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Location: Grand Forks, North Dakota
Division: NCAA Division II
Conference (football): Big Sky Conference
Stadium: Alerus Center (indoor)
Conference (basketball): Big Sky Conference
Arena: Betty Englestad Sioux Center

The University of North Dakota competes as members of the Big Sky Conference in NCAA Division I FCS football and NCAA Division I basketball. North Dakota is a public institution located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, in the northeastern part of the state on the Minnesota border, and only a couple of hours south of Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada. The school has an undergraduate enrollment of around 10,000. The school was embroiled in litigation in regard to the team's former nickname the Fighting Sioux, but has retired both the nickname and it's associated trademarks as of December, 2011. A new nickname will not be unveiled until January, 2015.

Most of the campus is contained in a narrow rectangle between ND-297 (Demers Avenue) and Sixth Avenue North and between Columbia Road and I-29 on Grand Forks' west side; a small portion lies east of Columbia Road about a quarter-mile east of the rest of the campus, and a portion of the campus stretches north along the west side of Columbia Road up to US 2 (Gateway Drive). Exit 140 off I-29 is the ND-297 exit, located at the southwest corner of campus.. The Alerus Center (13,000) is just off-campus, located near the southwest corner between I-29 and 42nd Street on the south side of ND-297. Betty Engelstad Center (3,600) hosts most basketball games, but some games are played at the opulent Ralph Englestad Arena (13,610), located at Eighth Avenue North and Columbia Road and home to the hockey team. "The Betty" is immediately adjacent to the west on Oxford Drive.

North Dakota's main rivals have been North Dakota State, South Dakota, and South Dakota State, all dating back to the old days of the North Central Conference. Those three schools, however, are now in the Summit League, so these series will continue as non-conference matchups. There is also a rivalry with Minnesota in hockey, but that will diminish now that the two schools have moved to different hockey leagues.

North Dakota has prepared 26 players for NFL play, most notably LB Jim LeClair. The basketball program has sent one alum to the NBA, but that alum is the winningest coach of all time, in terms of championships won. The name? Phil Jackson.

Conference Affiliations


Big Sky Conference NCAA I FCS 2012-present
Great West Conference NCAA I FCS 2008-2011
North Central Conference NCAA II 1973-2007
North Central Conference NCAA College 1937-1972
North Central Conference NCAA 1922-1936
NCAA Independents NCAA 1910-1921
Pre-NCAA Independents independents 1894-1909


Big Sky Conference NCAA I 2012-present
Great West Conference NCAA I 2008-2011
North Central Conference NCAA II 1973-2008
North Central Conference NCAA College 1955-1973
North Central Conference NAIA 1936-1955
North Central Conference NCAA 1922-1936
NCAA Independents NCAA 1910-1922
Pre-NCAA Independents Independent 1904-1910

Post-Season Appearances


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NCAA Division II Championship Game 2001, 2003
NCAA Division II Playoffs 1975, 1979, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Camellia Bowl 1972
Pecan Bowl 1966
Mineral Water Bowl 1965

Basketball Tournament 2011, 2012, 2014
NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2003
NCAA College Division Men's Basketball Tournament 1965, 1966, 1967
NAIA Men's Basketball Tournament 1949, 1953, 1954



NCAA Division II National Champions 2001
Great West Conference Champions 2011
North Central Conference Champions 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1958, 1964, 1966, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1979, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006


Great West Conference Tournament Champions 2011, 2012
NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament North Central Region Champions 1977, 1982, 1990, 1991, 1994
NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Region Champions 1975, 1976
NCAA College Division Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Region Champions 1965, 1966
NAIA District 12 Men's Basketball Champions 1949, 1953, 1954
North Central Conference Tournament Champions 1981, 1982, 1992, 1993, 1994
North Central Conference Regular Season Champions 1928, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1954, 1955, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1982, 1990, 1991, 1995

National Individual Awards


National Football Foundation Hall of Fame 1999: Jim LeClair (LB)
NAIA Hall of Fame 1957: Charles A. West (coach)
AFCA Division II Coach of the Year 2001: Dale Lennon
NCAA Division II Football First-Team All-Americans 1975: Bill Deutsch (RB)
1979: Paul Muckenhirn (TE)
1980: Todd Thomas (OT)
1981: Milson Jones (RB)
1989: Cory Solberg (K)
1991: Shannon Burnell (RB)
1993: Kevin Robson (OL)
1993: Shannon Burnell (RB)
1994: Mike Mooney (LB)
1995: Dave Hillesheim (DE)
1996: Juan Gomez-Tagle (K)
1996: Mark Callahan (DL)
1996: Tim Tibesar (LB)
1997: Jim Kleinsasser (TE)
1997: Phillip Moore (RB)
1998: Jim Kleinsasser (TE)
1998: Phillip Moore (RB)
1999: Kelly Howe (DB)
2000: Cameron Peterka (K)
2001: Cameron Peterka (K)
2001: Dan Graf (AP)
2001: Travis O’Neel (LB)
2003: Ben Olson (OL)
2003: Digger Anderson (LB)
2004: Chris Kuper (OL)
2004: Digger Anderson (LB)
2005: Chris Kuper (OL)
2005: Digger Anderson (LB)
2005: Jeff Glas (K)
2006: Adam Wolff (DL)
2006: Weston Dressler (WR)
2007: Ryan Chappell (AP)
2007: Weston Dressler (WR)
AP Football First-Team Little All-Americans 1955: Steve Myhra (G)
1956: Steve Myhra (G)
1963: Neil Reuter (T)
1965: Dave Lince (DE)
1966: Roger Bonk (LB)
1971: Dan Martinsen (DB)
1971: Jim LeClair (LB)
1972: Mike Deutsch (RB)
NAIA Football First-Team All-Americans 1954: Richard Ryan (B)
1954: Ronald Kubesh (G)


NABC Division II First-Team All-Americans 1991: Dave Vonesh (C)
1993: Scott Guldseth (G)
2003: Jerome Beasley (C)
AP College Basketball Little All-America Team 1966: Phil Jackson (F)
1967: Phil Jackson (F)

External Links

University of North Dakota Athletics