BISMARCK, N.D. - Bismarck High School recently announced Darrell Anderson is stepping down as the Demons boys track coach after more than 30 years.
Darrell will be the first to tell you, he did not win anything the athletes did but just look at these numbers and decide for yourself: 14 state championships, 531 all-state placers, 91 state individual titles, 20 All-American's plus a national champion.
"Over 31 years our average state meet place has been 1.90 that's just phenomenal and that's great credit to all of the remarkable athletes that gave their time and commitment to the sport and passion to the sport. Tremendous amount of help and leadership from our assistant coaches no question about that so the combination of those two had really helped us stay reliant for a long time." said Anderson.
You do not finish that high for that long without depth.
Guys like Weston Dressler and Jake Leingang provided top-line talent but team titles often come from kids who didn't know they had it in them.
"Depth has a wonderful privilege, but so does getting something from the sport and when that happens it's just a remarkable feeling. We had a kid named Taylor Schafer, outstanding basketball player and he wasn't out for track and we finally got him out as a junior. He jumped a little bit and then we saw that he had some speed. Hard not to notice. We put him in a relay and he ended up at the state meet setting not only one of the all time best times for Bismarck High but they were state champions that year," said Anderson.
Anderson is the 2012 National High School Track Coach of the Year and he is already in multiple hall of fames.