|Dale Lennon resigns; UND to conduct internal search|
UND co-acting athletic directors Betty Ralston and Steve Brekke said that an internal search for Lennon’s replacement has begun. An internal candidate cannot be named head coach earlier than the close of business next Friday (Jan. 4). UND will not name an interim head coach.
“We thank Dale for his many years of dedication to UND athletics,” Ralston said. “Dale was not only a successful coach, he was a great ambassador for the University of North Dakota. We think it’s a natural to give our current staff the opportunity to sustain UND’s highly competitive program as we transition to the Division I Football Championship Subdivision.”
Said President Charles Kupchella: “I want to thank Dale Lennon and his entire family for their contributions to the University of North Dakota and to the Grand Forks community. They have represented the University very well. Coach Lennon has had an excellent career as a player and coach at UND. I wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”
Said Vice President for General Administration Phil Harmeson: “As loyal UND sports fans and alums, Bonnie and I didn’t ever want this day to arrive. Dale Lennon has been, is, and will continue to be not only a wonderful coach but also as great developer of young men to succeed in life. We had hoped he would stay at UND for many more years working his magic on and off the field but opportunity came knocking. We wish him, Chris, and the boys only the very best in the future and wherever his career may ultimately take him. I am certain that he will always be a UND guy because we know that he bleeds green and he, like us, will always be grateful for his time with UND athletics.”