Dakota State University Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Head Coach, Buzz Stevenson, has been involved in sports since his high school days in Ipswich, S.D. and has been a coach and teacher for 45 years.
A 1961 graduate of Ipswich High School, Buzz was an All-State running back, track & field athlete and basketball player. He placed in the 100 yard and 220 yard events at the state track meet his junior and senior years.
Buzz started his college career at Yankton College. He was an all-conference wide receiver and a member of a track & field team that won two conference championships from 1964-65.
After graduating from Yankton in 1965, Buzz received his Master of Education degree from South Dakota State University in 1973. He coached at the high school level for 14 years, including 10 at Huron High School. While there he led the boys track and field team to their first ever ESD Conference championship in 1976. He then guided them to two more conference championships in 1977 and 1978. In 1977 his boy’s team was the state runner up, and his girl’s cross-country team finished as state champions. In 1978 he was named South Dakota boys track coach of the year.
Before coming to Dakota State, Buzz coached at his alma mater for two years and has spent the past 26 years as head coach at DSU. While at Dakota State Buzz’s teams have accumulated 14 South Dakota Iowa Conference championships and his athletes have produced 52 All-American honors.
While at DSU, Buzz has garnered 14 SDIC coach of the year titles and two NAIA Great Plains regional cross-country coach of the year awards.
Buzz lives in Madison with his wife Diane of 23 years.
|Elizabeth Atkins||FR||Baltic, S.D.||Baltic High School|
|Natalie Butkus||SO||Freeman, S.D.||Freeman Academy High School|
|Ashley Currey||SO||Madison, S.D.||Madison High School|
|Heather Dearing||FR||Clear Lake, S.D.||Deuel High School|
|Shayna Dwyer||JR||Elmwood, Neb.||Elmwood-Murdock High School|
|Sara Friesen||JR||Freeman, S.D.||Freeman High School|
|Anastasia Gentles||SO||Phoenix, Ariz.||Moon Valley High School|
|Kylie Hughes||FR||Marion, S.D.||Marion High School|
|Kylie Martin||FR||Dakota Dunes, S.D.||Dakota Valley High School|
|BreeAna Olson||FR||Rutland, S.D.||Rutland High School|
|Clara Schild||FR||Yankton, S.D.||Yankton High School|
|Victoria Sopko||SO||Forest City, Iowa||Forest City High School|
|Kayla Sveen||SO||Janesville, Minn.||J-W-P High School|
|Kelci Viesselman||JR||Hutchinson, Minn.||Hutchinson High School|
|Chandra Welbon*||JR||Red Oak, IA||South Dakota State University|