Minot St. head coach Farrell steps down
Resigns after seven seasons leading both the men and women
MINOT, N.D. -- Minot State officials have announced the resignation of head golf coach Dwight “Chipper” Farrell.
Farrell, who coached Minot State’s men’s and women’s golf teams for the past seven seasons, resigned June 27. He coached the Beavers to multiple Dakota Athletic Conference championships in both men’s and women’s golf and, most recently, helped guide individual Kowan O’Keefe (Jr., Blind Bay, British Columbia) to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men’s individual title and a berth in the NCAA Division II Super Regional.
“We want to thank Chipper for all of the work he put in and all of the success he has had at Minot State,” said MISU athletic director Rick Hedberg. “The men’s golf team continued great success with Chipper at the helm and he built the women’s program out of nothing to where it is today. Those are great accomplishments for our athletic program.”
Farrell coached the men’s team to four consecutive DAC titles from 2007-08 to 2010-11 and helped the men’s team advance to the NAIA regional twice. He took the women’s program to its first NAIA National Women’s Golf Championship in 2009-10 and returned to the NAIA National Tournament with the women’s team in 2010-11.
The 2010-11 season was one of the most successful seasons in school history and in the history of the DAC as MISU captured both the men’s and women’s team titles, the DAC’s men’s Most Valuable Player (Jordan Kelly), the men’s Most Valuable Senior (Justin Aberle), four men’s all conference selections, the women’s Most Valuable Player and Senior (Whitney (Stanley) Aberle) and two women’s all conference selections.
He was named DAC Coach of the year three times on the men’s side and once on the women’s side and earned five state championships as head coach of the Minot High School girls golf team and two state titles with the Magicians boys team.
“It will difficult to find someone with Chipper’s pedigree as he won everywhere he coached,” said Hedberg. “The golf program at Minot State has been very successful and that is a tribute to the work he and the student-athletes put in. We wish Chipper all the best.”