Adolph Shepardson will take over as the new head football coach for the Milbank Area Bulldogs for the 2018 season.
Shepardson is currently in his first season in Milbank as the Athletic Director. He also served as the offensive coordinator this past season where the Dawgs won the Northeast Conference title and advanced to the semi-final round in the Class 11A playoffs. He will replace long-time Bulldog coach, Jeremy Tostenson, who successfully led Milbank for 16 years and collected a state title in 2009.
“I am very excited to lead the football program and build on our rich tradition,” stated Shepardson. “We have an opportunity to be very successful in the years to come.”
Shepardson brings 20+ years of football experience to the Bulldog program. He spent 14 of those as a head coach, and most recently led the Deubrook Dolphins for six years. In that time, he guided Deubrook to an undefeated State 9AA title in 2012 as well as two DVC titles and two other semi-final playoff appearances. Under his watch, the Dolphins broke almost every school football record and had three of its best seasons in program history.
Shepardson also served as head coach for the Sturgis Scoopers from 2005-2007 and helped break a nation long 70+ game losing streak in 2006, when they defeated Rapid City Stevens. In 2007, the Scoopers defeated Sioux Falls Lincoln for their first playoff victory since the fall of 1995 when Shepardson was a junior wide receiver for Sturgis.
Shepardson coached the wide receivers at the University of South Dakota for a year and a half while working on his Master’s Degree. The Coyotes went 9-2 in the Fall of 2004 in a great turn-around under the new staff led by Ed Meierkort.
Shepardson played wide receiver for the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits from 1997-2001. He was a two-year starter, three-year lettermen, and a three-year Academic All-NCC recipient.
Milbank will open the 2018 season at home on Friday, August 24, against the defending Class 11A state champions, the Madison Bulldogs.