Holter receives the NCC Noel Olson Volunteer of the Year Award

Holter receives the NCC Noel Olson Volunteer of the Year Award
Vern Holter of Vermillion, was presented the Noel Olson Volunteer of the Year award during the North Central Conference Honor Awards Dinner Monday, May 22 at the Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls.

The NCC has presented an Olson Volunteer of the Year Award for eight years. The honor recognizes the singular commitment of former NCC Commissioner Noel Olson to the advancement of NCC visibility, credibility and excellence throughout the nation during his 1984-1997 tenure in office. The Olson Award is presented periodically to honor individuals who have made significant volunteer contributions to the NCC. The award recipients are selected by the institutional representatives at each of the league's seven member schools.

Originally of Platte, Holter made significant contributions to The University of South Dakota and the North Central Conference as a volunteer track official for 53 years, among other ways. Since 1953, he has been working as a track official at nearly every USD home track meet, as well as NCC and the national championship meets at the DakotaDome. He helped found the Vermillion Quarterback Club and also served as an officer.

Holter has been a generous supporter of the USD Athletics program. In addition, Holter served as the president of the USD Alumni Association for three years and was the USD Foundation president for four years. He continues to serve as the secretary-treasurer for the USD Foundation.

A standout track and field performer in track and field both at USD and in high school, Holter ran track at Knox College in 1947 before transferring to USD, where he starred for coaches Howard Connors and Dan Lennon. A veteran of the U.S. Army (1945-46), he was a co-captain of the 1950 USD track and field squad.

In high school, Holter was a two-time state champion in the 880-yard run (freshman, senior years). He anchored four relay teams from Platte to first-place finishes at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays in 1944 and also anchored two relay squads (mile relay, first; 880-relay, second) at the state meet in 1945. Holter helped lead Platte to the highest point total among all Class B schools at both the 1944 and 1945 state track meets. During that period, all classes were combined into one meet.

Holter, who also served in the Army in 1951-53, took a position with the National Bank of South Dakota in Vermillion in 1953. He served as managing officer of the bank for 27 years before his retirement in 1989.

Holter remained active in the Army Reserve, retiring as a colonel. He and his wife Joan have five children including Kristine Holter Esbenshade, Denver, CO, Julie Holter Pier, Vermillion, Mary Holter Lopez, Lawrence, KS, John Holter, Rapid City, and Jim Holter, Des Moines, IA.

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