Jay Dirksen Papers

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UA 053.028

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Jay Dirksen Papers


  • 1960-1977 (Accumulation)


1.63 linear feet (1 records box, 1 document case, 1 small document case)

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Jay Dirksen graduated from General Beadle High School in Madison, South Dakota. During his high school career Dirksen won the State Class B Championship in the mile.

He attended South Dakota State University and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Physical Education in 1968 and a Masters in 1969. He took a position as the men's cross country and track coach at South Dakota State University. He also began a women's cross country program during his time at S.D.S.U. In 1977, he became the assistant men's track coach at the University of Illinois. He took a position as the head womenâ's track and field coach at the University of Missouri in 1982. After just one year at the University of Missouri, Dirksen moved on to become the head cross country coach and assistant head track coach in charge of distance runners at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He spent 29 seasons at University of Nebraska-Lincoln retiring in 2011.

Jay Dirksen married Diane Stewart in 1972. Together they have two children, a son, Derek, and a daughter, Kristi.

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Jay Dirksen was the Track and Field and Cross Country coach at South Dakota State University from 1969 to 1977. The collection consists mainly of Dirksen's files on S.D.S.U. athletes coached by him. The file include record sheets of training programs, correspondence, clippings, photographs, and other data related to the running career of each athlete. Also included are files related to Dirksen's research on cross country running.

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This collection is open to researchers without restrictions. The materials in the Archives do not circulate and may be used in-house only.

Researchers conducting extensive research are asked to make an advance appointment to access archival material. Please call or e-mail prior to visiting the collection and indicate as much detail as possible about a particular topic and intended use.

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South Dakota State University supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted as a result of their fragile condition or by contractual agreements with donors.

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  • English

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    UA 53.28

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