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Aberdeen in Brown County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Clark Swisher

Clark Swisher Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, April 24, 2017
1. Clark Swisher Marker
Clark Swisher was a native of Vermillion, South Dakota and graduated from Vermillion High School in 1934. He want on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in 1938 from the University of South Dakota.

Coach Swisher began his coaching career at high schools in Elk Point and Wagner. However, this was interrupted with a stint in the United States Army.

He began his long and distinguished career at Northern State University in 1946, when he assumed duties as head coach of football, basketball and track. During his 34 year career with the Northern Wolves, he obviously touched the lives of thousands.

AS football coach for twenty two seasons, his team netted 146 wins, 42 losses, and 4 ties. He coached four teams to perfect seasons, and outscored his opponents 5,090 to 2,271 and collected 15 South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference titles. He retired as head football coach in 1969 and assumed duties as NSU's Athletic Director.

Some of Coach Swisher's many accomplishments include Sorts Writer's Coach of the Year in 1955, South Dakota Sorts Writers' Hall of fame member in 1962, Northern State University Athletic Hall
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of Fame member, South Dakota College Coach of the Year three times, and University of South Dakota Sorts Hall of Fame member. In addition Coach Swisher was the 10th member of the Helm's Foundation Football Hall of Fame, a Past-President of the NAIA, and was a member of the U.S. Olympic committee from 1975-1984.

Coach Swisher and his wife Doris have eight children. They are Kim (deceased), Clark Jr., Joel (deceased), Steve, Dan, John (deceased), Wendy and Elizabeth.

Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationSports.
Location. 45° 26.479′ N, 98° 27.336′ W. Marker is in Aberdeen, South Dakota, in Brown County. Marker can be reached from South Roosevelt Street, 0.1 miles Melgaard Rd. This marker is located at the Swisher Field. Park at Aberdeen Central High School parking lot. Walk south to the field. Swisher Field is open during the school year during regular business hours. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Aberdeen SD 57401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Donald S. Reshetar (here, next to this marker); Albert D. Sahli (here, next to this marker); James Kretchman (here, next to this marker); Swisher Field (within shouting distance of this marker); F.W. Sallet and the Dakota Freie Presse
Wall of Honor image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, April 24, 2017
2. Wall of Honor
(approx. 1.2 miles away); Andrew Melgaard (approx. 1.3 miles away); Aberdeen, South Dakota Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); South Dakota Boy's State (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Aberdeen.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 31, 2017. It was originally submitted on December 30, 2017, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 286 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 30, 2017, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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