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Dawson Community College Alumna
-Assist in writing and managing institutional grants
-Develop and foster relationships with institutional partners and funders
-Participate in public outreach events
-Collaborate with DCC Foundation and Foundation Director on key fundraising activities
-Assist with fundraising projects
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Alexandra Chase was named the new Cross Country and Track Coach at Dawson Community College. Chase is a graduate of Billings Central High School and Rocky Mountain College where she ran collegiately and also assisted in the strength and conditioning program. She currently works for Inner Alpha Fitness as a health and wellness coach and for the Billings Public Schools as a track and field coach for Billings Skyview High School. She graduated from Rocky Mountain College with a degree in Health and Human Performance and Exercise Science. In her master's degree work, Chase has focused on how to affect performance in collegiate and elite runners. She is passionate about running and loves working with athletes.
Athletic Director Joe Peterson was excited about adding Chase to the athletic department. "Alexandra has good experience running and coaching. From her academic work at the undergraduate and graduate levels, she is also very knowledgeable about improving performance, strength training, and injury prevention. Most of all, she has great energy and a passion to grow personally and grow the program."
Coach Chase commented, "I am extremely humbled and excited to be the cross country and track coach at Dawson Community College. This is truly an unbelievable opportunity for myself and my family. I am looking forward to working with the great administration, faculty, and staff in continuing their commitment to academics and athletics. I am excited to get to work with the student-athletes and to continue to build on the traditions of excellence established here. Those involved in cross country and track will be leaders in the classroom, on the course and track, and in the community. I am honored to be able to support the student-athletes achieve their goals."
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A. A., Dickinson State University
-Student employee information
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B.S., American InterContinental University, Criminal Justice
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A.A., Dawson Community College (1977)
B.A., Mount Marty College, Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (1979)
M.Ed., Hardin-Simmons University, Counseling and Human Development (1988)
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A.S., General Science
A.S., Health & Fitness Specialist
B.S., Athletic Training and Exercise Science
M.S., Exercise Science - University of Northern Colorado
-Teaches ACT 191: Special Topics-Walking and AHAT 210: Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
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B.B.A., Columbus State University, Finance
B.B.A., Columbus State University, Accounting
M.B.A., University of Montana (in progress)
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A.A., Liberal Studies
B.A., Physical Education, Teaching Emphasis with Honors
M.A., Counseling and Educational Psychology: Student Affairs
-Supervision and direction of all facets of women’s basketball program’
-Managing athletic department website, all team statistics, social media, game day management, promotion and marketing of athletic department, liaison between athletics and media outlets
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M.M., Northern Illinois University
D.M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
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A.A.S., Ricks College, Beef Production Management
A.S., Ricks College, Animal Science
B.S., Utah State University, Agricultural Education
M.S., Utah State University, Extension Education
PhD, Iowa State University, Agricultural Education
As the College President, Dr. Mickelsen is the Chief Executive and Administrative Officer for the College and is governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees. He executes directly or by delegation all executive and administrative duties in connection with the operation of the College.
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B.A., University of Montana, English-Teaching
M.A., Norwich University, History
-Promotional campaigns and materials
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The Dawson Community College Men's Basketball team hired Martin Pavicic as an assistant coach for the 2019-2020 season. Pavicic spent last season as a Graduate Assistant at NCAA D2 Northwestern Oklahoma State working under head coach Shawn Dirden, who recently joined Danny Sprinkle's staff at Montana State University. Before working at the D2 level, Pavicic was the Associate Head Coach for Combine Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina. Combine is one of the top prep schools in the nation, and Pavicic assisted seven of those players to move on to the NCAA D1 level. Pavicic also has experience working at the Junior College level from his time as a student assistant at Otero Junior College.
Pavicic's bachelor's degree is in Health and Sports Science Education, and he is working on a master's degree in Adult Education with an emphasis on Sports Administration and Management.
DCC Head Coach Joe Peterson praised his new assistant, saying, "Martin's greatest quality is his strong work ethic. He is driven to be excellent at everything he does and wants his teams to also be excellent. He doesn't settle for anything less than the best. His experience at multiple levels will be very valuable to our program, and he has worked with some great coaches along the way. I'm excited also for his good recruiting connections and ability to bring high quality players to our program in the future. We had dozens of quality candidates who applied for the job, but Martin stood out for his passion and drive."
The new coach shared his thoughts. "I am blessed and honored to be joining Coach Peterson's staff at Dawson Community College. The success of the program is what made me so attracted to this position from the beginning. I look forward to helping this program grow to new heights. I also look forward to helping our young men to not only get their degree, but also to help them reach their personal and athletic goals. I'm very excited to be joining the Dawson family! Go Bucs!"
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A.S., Dawson Community College
B.S., Rocky Mountain College
M.Ed., Northwestern State University
Joe Peterson has had 3 successful years as the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Dawson Community College. He took over in Jun 2015 for legendary coach Don Mast, who totaled 424 wins and 330 losses in his 25 years at the helm. In three years, Coach Pete has a record of 53-43 and guided the Bucs to the Regional Championship Game in 2 of his 3 years. In his first season, Coach Pete’s Buccaneers finished in 2nd place in the Mon-Dak Conference and reached the Region XIII Championship game, finishing just a few point short of qualifying for the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas. This past season was his best season yet as the Bucs went 24-8, finished 2nd in the Mon-Dak Conference, and once again reached the NJCAA D1 Region XIII Championship Game. Out of over 200 schools in the NJCAA, Dawson finished the season in the top 20 in points, offensive rebounds per game, defensive rebounds per game, and total rebounds per game. They went 15-2 at home on the season.
Six of his players have been selected to the All-Conference team and six have been selected as All-Region. One of his players was chosen as an All-American. Coach Pete has also had good success in helping his players move on to higher levels. From his 2016-2017 team, 5 of the 6 sophomores went on to play at 4-year colleges.
Joe played for Coach Mast and the Bucs from 1994-1996. In his sophomore year, he captained the Bucs to a 22-6 record, as well as a North Sub Region Championship. He was named to the All-Region IX team and the all Mon-Dak team. He received the President’s Award during his graduation from DCC. Joe went on to finish his playing career at Rocky Mountain College where he was All-Frontier Conference first team performer and earned NAIA All-American honors. He was inducted into the Rocky Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. At Rocky, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Math Education.
After finishing his playing career, he taught at Billings West High School and coached at Rocky. From there, Coach Pete moved on to coach at the Division I level when he joined Coach Mike McConathy’s staff at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana where he earned a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration and helped lead the Demons to their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance and first ever NCAA Tournament win in 2001.
After two successful years at NSU, he was hired as an Assistant Coach at Charleston Southern University working for legendary coach Jim Platt from 2001-2003.
In 2003, Coach Pete left his life in America to serve at a school for AIDS orphans in rural Kenya for what turned out to be 11 years. He worked as a teacher, coach, and administrator at Christ’s Gift Academy. In 2009, he started the Suba Lakers Soccer Club for girls in Kenya to develop their talents, teach them life skills, and encourage them to stay in school.
Joe married his wife Daneen in May of 2013, and they continued serving in Kenya until the end of 2014.
Coach Pete brings with him over 20 years of coaching experience at various levels, including 4 years at the NCAA Division I level. His focus as a coach is to inspire his players to give maximum effort, develop a positive attitude and work together as a team to achieve success in basketball, in the classroom, and in life.
What coaches are saying about Joe Peterson:
Buzz Williams at Virginia Tech says, “With his experience and success…he has been exposed to great systems and great coaches…Joe can handle the Xs and Os and will be good at preparing his team for success, but more significant than wins and losses, he understands the importance of preparing his players for success in life.”
Jim Platt at University of Tulsa says, “Joe is a very gifted individual who is an excellent college basketball coach…He knows the game extremely well and is an excellent teacher.”
Mike McConathy at Northwestern State University says, “Joe, an extraordinary person and coach, possesses so many skills to be a great leader and teacher of young men…Joe is a rare gem!”
Mark Slessinger at University of New Orleans says, “Simply put, Joe is one of the best…I can say with full confidence that he is a person of integrity and high moral character and has all the qualities that are sought after as a teammate, colleague and leader in higher education.”
Bill Dreikosen at Rocky Mountain College says, “You will not find a guy of higher integrity that works harder and understands what it takes to be truly successful in all of college athletics…Joe has a large network of basketball connections across the country and will be able to recruit high quality players to Dawson Community College…Wherever Joe has been he has raised the level of the bar…He’s a winner!
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M.S. Science Education - Montana State University
B.S. Secondary Education, Major: Biology, Minor: Chemistry - Dickinson State University
A.S. - Dawson Community College
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Dawson Community College alum Ryan Vander Pluym is the newest addition to the Buccaneer Athletic Department. Vander Pluym attended Dawson from 1994-1996 and excelled in the classroom and in the rodeo arena. He went on to compete for the University of Montana-Western in Dillon where his team won the Regional Championship in both of his years there. His coaching experience includes being the head coach at Pratt Community College in Kansas, where he led the program from 2011-2015 and produced multiple CNFR qualifiers, as well as doubling the roster size his second season. Vander Pluym is a card-holding member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association for Steer Wrestling.
Dawson's new coach comes from Knoxville, Tennessee where he works as a ranch manager. Vander Pluym's experience at DCC had a profound impact on his life because he learned how to be a student and gained success in the arena. He feels like it is his responsibility to give others the same opportunity and support he received at Dawson. According to Vander Pluym, "I am beyond excited to return to DCC as the Head Rodeo Coach. Dawson Community College holds a special place in my heart, and I can't wait to get started in helping enrich students' lives both in the arena and in the classroom."
Athletic Director Joe Peterson praised the new coach. "Ryan's skills and experience were very good, but his heart for Dawson and for giving back will make a big impact at the College in the community. He is driven to bring in quality student-athletes and help them excel in rodeo, in academics, and in life. Our rodeo program is in good hands!"
Darla Handran, Vice Chair of the DCC Board of Trustees, commented, "I have known Ryan for over 20 years. He will be a good fit for Dawson and do great things for our College."
President Scott R. Mickelsen added, "I am excited to welcome Ryan to Dawson Community College. He is a hard worker and will do great things for our program. I visited with several people who have worked with him in the past, and they commented that he is one of the best coaches they have seen, the students loved him, and he is a great recruiter." Mickelsen continued, "We are excited to be able to attract this level of talent!"
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B.S., Western Washington University,
Certificate – Secondary Education
-Coordinate Career and Adult Education Program
-Assist participants 16 years and up to:
-Attain their HiSET/GED
-Transition to college or technical programs
-Improve employment prospects with career coaching and job skills training
-Coordinate testing services and proctor:
-Journeyman/Master Plumbing Exams (Gainesville Independent Testing Services, LLC)
-Dawson Community College Unified (DCCU) Staff President