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MITCHELL, S.D. – After seven seasons, Brad Pole has resigned as head coach of the Dakota Wesleyan University football team, DWU Athletic Director Curt Hart announced Thursday morning.


Pole’s resignation comes on the heels of a 6-4 campaign in 2011. The Tigers went 5-0 to start the season for the first time since 1992 before going 1-4 in the second half of the season. Two of those losses came by a combined total of seven points.


Pole, who came to Dakota Wesleyan after two seasons as the recruiting coordinator and running backs coach at Augustana College, started with the Tigers in the 2005 season. In seven seasons, he compiled a 31-39 record and put together two winning seasons and one .500 season. His best finish came in 2008 when Dakota Wesleyan went 7-3 and finished the season third in the Great Plains Athletic Conference and ranked No. 23 in the NAIA.


The Tigers have reached several milestones and achieved many positive accomplishments under Pole’s watch. In 2006, the team was awarded the Buffalo Funds Five Star Champions of Character Team Award. In 2007, the Tigers put together their first three-game winning streak in GPAC history, and in 2008 DWU was honored as the South Dakota Sportswriter’s Association’s 2008 Men’s College Team-of-the-Year. That same season, Pole was named the GPAC Coach-of-the-Year.


Dakota Wesleyan started the season 3-0 for the first time in GPAC play in 2010, and the Tigers recorded their first GPAC shutout that same year. This season, DWU started 5-0 and made it up to No. 13 in the NAIA poll.


In seven seasons, Pole coached six All-Americans, 105 All-GPAC athletes, four NAIA Players-of-the-Week, 18 GPAC Players-of-the-Week and 14 NAIA Scholar-Athletes. In each of the last four seasons, at least 10 Tigers have earned All-GPAC honors. He has also coached an AFCA All-American in three of the past four seasons.


Hart said that a committee will be formed to start an immediate search for a new head coach. In the interim, defensive coordinator Ross Cimpl will be the acting head coach.


“We want to thank Brad for his years of service and commitment to Dakota Wesleyan,” Hart said. “Coach Pole has brought the program a long way. He is a good man and a good friend, and we wish him all the best in the future.”

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