Football coaching clinic set March 23-24 at USD; several area coaches will be featured in program

Football coaching clinic set March 23-24 at USD; several area coaches will be featured in program Featuring three of the most successful high school coaches in the area, The University of South Dakota football program will host a Coaches Clinic March 23-24 at the USD campus. Featured speakers will include Vermillion High School Coach Gary Culver, Sioux City East High School's Walt Fiegel and Papillion/La Vista High School's Gene Suhr as well South Dakota head football coach John Austin and his staff.

South Dakota will also offer a strength and conditioning seminar at the DakotaDome and sessions on the Coyote offense and defense on Saturday (see schedule below) at the Vermillion High School as well as a USD scrimmage at the Vermillion High School field.

Registration costs are $20 for coaches who pre-register and $25 at the door. The costs include lunch, t-shirt and clinic note pad. For more information, please contact the USD football office at 605-677-5309 or

Clinic Schedule

Friday, March 23

Old Main � 6:30 p.m. registration; 7 p.m. welcome and Coyote football highlight tape; 7:30 p.m. Gary Culver, Vermillion High School, "Implementing Motion in Your Offensive Scheme"; 8:15 p.m. Gene Suhr, Papillion/La Vista High School, "The Jet Sweep"; 9 p.m. Walt Fiegel, Sioux City East High School, "Paychecks and Lessons from a Lifetime of Coaching"; 9:45 p.m. social and coaches breakout session.

Saturday, March 24

DakotaDome Coyote Weight Room � 8:30 a.m. Strength and Conditioning Seminar.

Vermillion High School (1001 E. Main Street) � 10:00 a.m. USD Football Staff, featuring offense and defense presentations; 11:30 a.m. Lunch; 12:30 p.m. USD Scrimmage, Vermillion High School Field.

Fiegel, the "Dean of Coaches in Iowa," will begin his 37th year this fall coaching high school football in the fall of 2001. Fiegel has coached at Sioux City East High School since 1963 where he also served as athletic director until 1994. Perhaps the highlight of his career was the 4A-state title won by the 1984 team.

Suhr has served as head football coach at Papillion/LaVista for the past 17 years. Suhr directed his 1990 and 1996 teams to state championships. His football team has made 16 consecutive state playoff appearances and also has earned three state runner-up finishes.

Culver, who played on three North Central Conference championship teams at USD from 1972-74, has won five state championships during his 24 years at Vermillion High School (since 1977). He has served as Vermillion Athletic Director since 1994.

Culver has compiled an overall record of 152-90 (.628) including an amazing 31-12 (.721) record in South Dakota playoff games. From 1990-92, Culver helped lead Vermillion to three consecutive football titles.

A 1972 graduate of Sioux City East, Culver played for Fiegel. He has coached 51 first-team all-state players and three all-Americans (Kevin Seibel, 1976; Jason Leber, 1992; and Ben Leber, 1996). One of them, Ben Leber, is a starting linebacker and team captain at K-State.

Culver has been named the 1990 Siouxland Coach of the Year by the Sioux City Journal; Region Six Coach of the Year by the South Dakota Football Coaches Association in 1991; and Head Coach of the South Dakota All-Star Football Team in 1993.

An honorable mention all-NCC selection in 1975, Culver lettered three years while playing for Joe Salem and Beanie Cooper at USD. Two of his assistant coaches, Jim McGuire and Roger Heirigs, have twice earned 11A assistant coach of the year honors.

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