Local Sports Archives for 2019-06

PC hires Steve Heimann as next head football coach

Vice President for Student Affairs and Interim Athletic Director Bob Schuchardt is pleased to announce Steve Heimann as the next head coach of the PC football program. Heimann brings over 13 years of coaching experience from nearly all levels of the game. Heimann becomes the third head coach in program history for the Saints.


"We are excited that Coach Steve Heimann will be leading our football program at Presentation," explained Schuchardt. "His experience and personality will guide our football staff and student-athletes into a program that Presentation and the Aberdeen community will be proud of."


Most recently, Heimann served as the offensive coordinator for Tabor College in Hillsboro, KS – an NAIA school in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.  Heimann guided the Bluejays to a 6-4 record in his first season with the team, which included a 38-21 win against No. 22 Avila University.

"I'd like to thank President Huber and Vice President for Student Affairs Bob Schuchardt for giving me the opportunity to lead the football program at Presentation College," stated Heimann. "The college's mission statement closely aligns with my personal coaching mission and I'm truly excited to get to work with a great group of young men and the coaches here. I hope to keep the momentum going and put a team on the field, in the classroom, and in the community, that resembles principles of hard work and accountability. Go Saints!"


Before taking over as the OC at Hillsboro, Heimann was an offensive analyst at Coastal Carolina University (CCU) in Conway, SC, assisting in the coaching of the wide receivers. CCU is an NCAA Division I FBS school that participates in the Sun Belt Conference.


Prior to that, he was with the Omaha Beef of the CIF (Champions Indoor Football). Heimann started as the special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach, before becoming the head coach. That position came on the heels of his coaching with the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL, where he coached numerous former and current NFL players, including Heisman trophy winners, Troy Smith (Ohio State) and Eric Crouch (Nebraska).


Heimann also coached at Nebraska Wesleyan University (2007-2010 & 2013), Feather River College (2014) and Omaha Creighton Preparatory High school (2015).


Collegiately, Coach Heimann played defensive back for both Bethany College and The University of Nebraska-Omaha. He completed his undergraduate studies at Bellevue University, and then finished his Masters program from Bellevue as well.


Coach Heimann and his wife Rochelle, have three sons – Aiden, Alex and Cohwen.

UMKC to rejoin the Summit League

Summit League commissioner Tom Douple has announced the University of Missouri-Kansas City otherwise known as UMKC will return to the Summit League on a full-term basis starting July 1st 2020.  All 16 Roos’ athletic programs will compete in the conference beginning in the 2020-21 season.  UMKC was a member of the Summit League from 1994 to 2013, but have spent the past seven seasons as a member of the Western Athletic Conference or WAC. 

SDHSAA announces 2019 State football championships to be played in Brookings

The South Dakota High School Activities Association has announced the 2019 state high school football championship games will be played at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium on the campus of South Dakota State, rather than its usual location of the DakotaDome in Vermillion.  The decision was approved by the SDHSAA board of directors earlier this week.  The games will also be played over a two day schedule rather than three.  Thursday Nov. 14th will feature championships 9A, 9AA, 9B, and 11A and Friday will feature championships 11AA, 11B and 11AAA. 

Wolves introduce Saul Phillips as next head men's basketball coach

Northern State University introduced its newest boy’s basketball head coach to the media and community at large Tuesday.  Saul Phillips will replace departing head coach Paul Sather who has accepted the head coaching job at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. 


Phillips comes to Aberdeen as a veteran Division I basketball coach, coaching at North Dakota State in Fargo for seven season and most recently, the University of Ohio from 2014 to 2019.


Phillips coming in to the program is aware of its tradition and says he cannot wait to get going…





Phillips connections to the Northern Program are a surprising coincidence.  He was the outgoing graduate assistant at Wayne State, when outgoing Wolves head coach Paul Sather was the GA coming in, as an assistant, he coached against former Wolves head coach Bob Olson, and he was an assistant under former Wolves assistant and NSU alum Tim Miles. According to Phillips, only in the Dakota’s would things work out like that…




Phillips brings with him not just familiarity, but also a winning track record.  He has an overall record of 206-145, has won two Summit League tournament championships, two Summit League regular season championships and was a two time Summit League coach of the year.  Phillips also helped the Bison win a second round NCAA tournament game, upsetting #5 Oklahoma as a #12 seed in the 2014 NCAA tournament. 


Phillips said he doesn’t feel like he can change this program and doesn’t feel change is necessary because of the groundwork laid by people before him.  He hopes instead, members of the community will get to know him as a person and enjoy the energy he brings to his job day in and day out…  


Minnesota Vikings and tight end Kyle Rudolph come to terms on four year extension

The Minnesota Vikings have come to terms with tight end Kyle Rudolph on a four year contract extension.  The new deal is worth $36 million and will keep Rudolph in Minnesota through 2023.  Rudolph announced the deal on his social media account under a post titled “unfinished business.”  His year cap hit will now be at $7.625 million.  He is 29 years old. 

Aberdeen Wings make 10 selections in 2019 NAHL entry draft

Aberdeen Wings 2019 NAHL entry draft selections: 

Round 1 8th overall Jake Sibell G Isanti, Minn.

Round 1 24th overall Jakob Breault C Acton Vale, Quebec, CAN

Round 3 65th overall Sebestian Paquette RD Montreal, Quebec, CAN

Round 3 76th overall Evan Goggins LW Braintree, Mass.

Round 4 102nd overall Colton Friesen F Winnipeg, MB, CAN

Round 5 128th overall Fletcher Anderson RW Thunder Bay, ON, CAN

Round 6 154th overall Jason Ruszkowski F South Setucket, N.Y.

Round 7 180th overall Noah Kiemel D Colorado Springs, Colo.

Round 8 206th overall Tyler Leibl F San Diego, Calif.

Round 9 232nd  overall Tyler Blanchard F San Jose, Calif.

Brookings Blizzard moving to St. Cloud

The Brookings Blizzard has announced it will relocate to St. Cloud Minnesota.  The NAHL board of governors approved the relocation Monday.  The team will still go by the Blizzard and still compete in the NAHL’s Central Division.  The Blizzard will also retain head coach Moe Mantha who is entering his third season.