United Tribes NewsUnited Tribes selects new athletic director
15 August 2012
BISMARCK (UTN) – United Tribes Technical College welcomes Hunter Berg of Williston as the college’s new athletic director, filling a leadership role vacated by Daryl Bearstail who became athletic director at White Shield High School.
Berg began his duties August 13. He came to United Tribes from Williston, ND, where he served as athletic director of Williston State College since 2007. His administration of athletics included expanding the college’s sports offerings and strengthening special events and fundraising.
“I’ve really enjoyed the past 10 years as a coach/athletic director and all the challenges and opportunities and celebrations that come with it,” said Berg. “The chance to be an athletic director in the Bismarck community, specifically at United Tribes, is a chance I’m very thankful for.”
Berg grew up on a family farm near Zahl, ND. He graduated in 1997 from UND Williston. During his playing career there he was team captain of Tetons basketball, graduation commencement speaker, and a NJCAA Academic All-American. He played at UND and was team captain, and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1999, majoring in financial management.
Berg and his wife, and seven children, have relocated to Bismarck for the career opportunities, which he says they are excited about.
As head coach of Williston State’s men’s basketball team, he earned a 80-50 overall record over the past four seasons. As head women’s coach from 2002 to 2008 he posted a 95-57 record.
“United Tribes has had very successful athletics,” said Berg. “Tradition and history are something to celebrate and build on.”
He complimented the college leadership for their willingness to support athletics and see it succeed.
“The challenge is maintaining a level of success and continuing to get better and better,” he said. “That’s the beauty of athletics; you are always striving to improve. It’s nice to know that the tradition and history are here.”
Berg also said it’s fun to work with young people and that athletics are only one part of the bigger goal of having the opportunity to earn an education.
“The pride of being a member of Thunderbird athletics really means something and with that comes success,” he said. “But there’ so much more to it; the academics and the community. It’s all important. For us, the challenge is going to be how to build each and every year. The answer is hard work. And we’ll get after it.”
Berg said his number one priority is to establish a recruiting base and philosophy to get the very best student athletes.
Daryl Bearstail served eight years as United Tribes athletic director and coached the Lady Thunderbirds over the past four seasons. White Shield, ND is his hometown. He returns to his alma mater (1976) as AD, head men’s basketball coach and counselor. He is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara Nation. United Tribes held a farewell for him on July 25.