Former Tommie football head coach and chief operating officer Mark Dienhart will receive the Bud Grant Distinguished Minnesotan Award later this month from the Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation.
Dienhart will be recognized at the 11th Annual Minnesota Football Honors ceremonies on Sunday April 29 at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Now serving as president and CEO of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation -- where he is responsible for overall operation and strategy -- Dienhart previously built an extensive résumé in athletics and higher education:
- He excelled as an athlete at Minneapolis DeLaSalle High and later at St. Thomas, being drafted by the Buffalo Bills after earning All-American and Academic All-American accolades as a Tommie offensive lineman.
- The school's 1975 Mr. Tommie won an NCAA Division III title in the shot put that same year, and still holds UST's shot put record 43 years later.
- Dienhart coached St. Thomas football to a 44-14-1 record from 1981 to 1986, including a MIAC championship and the program's first national playoff appearance in 1983.
- Dienhart also coached Tommie men's track and field to the 1985 NCAA indoor team championship.
- In 1986, Dienhart left coaching to be an administrator at St. Thomas.
- In 1990, he became an associate athletic director at the University of Minnesota, from which he earned master's and doctorate degrees. Dienhart served as the Gophers' athletic director from 1995 to 1999 and hired several successful head coaches.
- Dienhart returned to St. Thomas as senior vice president for institutional advancement, and later became executive vice president and chief operating officer.
- During his vice presidency at St. Thomas, he helped the university raise hundreds of millions in the Opening Doors campaign, that funded the construction of the Anderson Student Center and Anderson Athletic and Recreation complex among other important projects.
The Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation will host the 11th Annual Minnesota Football Honors April 29 at U.S. Bank Stadium. The event is presented by the Minnesota Vikings and is the largest football awards event in Minnesota. Doors open at 2 p.m. for the 4 p.m. event. The event is open to the public.