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United Tribes lines up coaches, athletes
3 August 2007

BISMARCK (UTN) United Tribes Technical College has hired a new head coach for cross country and a former coach for women's basketball.

      Paul C. Kohler, Bismarck, will begin cross country coaching duties August 13, said Daryl Bearstail, UTTC athletic director.

      Kohler, 46, is an educator with the North Dakota Department of Corrections. He has previous track and cross country coaching experience at the middle and high school level in the Bismarck Public School system. He is also a runner; he placed second in the 2006 Thunderbird Half Marathon.

      Kevin Finley (Three Affiliated) Bismarck has been selected as head coach for the United Tribes Lady Thunderbirds. Finley was formerly an assistant and head coach and athletic director at United Tribes. He was most recently on the staff of Sitting Bull College, Fort Yates, ND.

      Bearstail announced the following list of student athletes who have indicated their intent to participate in Thunderbirds Athletics:

  Student Athletes with signed letter of intent:

  • Marlan Black Wolf, Browning, MT: All State Cross Country and Track; 2nd at state 1600 and 3200 meter races; broke a 20 year Browning H.S. record in the 1600 (4:23); posted a 9:44 in the 3200; placed 3rd in the Montana State Cross Country Meet.
  • Ken Bird Rattler, Browning H. S., Browning, MT
  • Kenneth Starr, (Three Affiliated), Fort Yates, ND: Won the 2006 Thunderbird Half Marathon in 1:21:05.
  • Justin Fox, Mandaree, ND
  Student Athletes with verbal commitments:
  • Kenny Smith, Jr., New Town H. S., Mandaree, ND
  • Jeremy Silk, (Standing Rock) Fort Yates, ND
  Returning Cross Country Student Athlete:
  • Sage Koch, Bismarck, ND


  • Shantel Fettig, Mandaree H. S., Mandaree, ND (signed letter of intent)
  • Matilda Edwards, Mandaree H. S., Mandaree, ND (verbal commitment)

  Head Basketball Coach Gerry Giestler expects to add the following players to the Thunderbirds roster for the 2007-08 season:

  • Kellen Littlewind, 5'11" (Spirit Lake) Four Winds H.S., Fort Totten, ND
  • Quentin Lovejoy, 6'2" (Spirit Lake) Four Winds H.S., Fort Totten, ND
  • Kolt His Chase, 6'7" (Standing Rock) Dakota Oyate H.S.; Region 5 All Tournament selection
  • Nikeya American Horse, 6'4" (Standing Rock) Dakota Oyate H.S.
  • Lance Brockie, Hays, MT; 6'4"; Three time Class C All-State selection
  • Jim Archambault, 6'3" (Standing Rock)
  • Jasten Bearstail, 6'1" (Three Affiliated) Bismarck, ND
  • Jacob Myrick, (Three Affiliated) Parshall, ND
  Returning Thunderbirds student athletes:
  • Jarvis Bearstail, 6' (Three Affiliated) Bismarck, ND
  • Merrill Howling Wolf, 6' (Three Affiliated) Bismarck, ND
  • David LeVeaux, 6'6" (Cheyenne River) Bozeman, MT
  • Jordan Knife, 6'4" (Cheyenne River), Dupree, SD
  • Matt St. John, 5'10" (Crow Creek) Pierre, SD


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