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Head Coach Mark Graupe

Mark Graupe begins his first season as Minot State University's head women's basketball coach.

Graupe becomes just the fifth head coach in the program's 45-year history.

He spent four seasons as the head women's basketball coach at Dickinson State in Dickinson, N.D. He turned around the Blue Hawks, earning back-to-back NAIA National Tournament appearances the past two seasons. His teams were a combined 46-17 over the past two years, setting a school record for wins in 2015-16 with 23 and then tying that record this past season.

Before Dickinson State, he was the interim head men's basketball coach at NCAA Division I Dartmouth for one season. He spent a year with Colorado State as men's basketball Director of Basketball Operations and was the head men's basketball coach at Lake Region State College from 2001-08, earning Region 13 Coach of the Year twice.

He started his coaching career at Unity High School in Petersburg, N.D. with both the boys and girls programs and coached at Devils Lake High School and Williston High School.

Graupe, a native of Crosby, N.D., earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of North Dakota. He holds a bachelor's degree in physical education and mathematics with a minor in athletic coaching and has his master's in kinesiology. He is also the author of a book, "Basketball Drills and More" published in 1998.