Athletic Director | Head Men's Basketball Coach
2017 Mon-Dak Conference Coach of the Year
2017 Region XIII Coach of the Year
2016 District 11 Coach of the Year
2016 Mon-Dak Conference Coach of the Year
2016 Region XIII Coach of the Year
2015 Region XIII Coach of the Year
2014 Region XIII Coach of the Year
2013 Mon-Dak Conference Coach of the Year
2011 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee, Augsburg College
2002 Coach of the Year, Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
1999 Paul Maaske Memorial Award, Iowa Basketball Coaches Association
1999 Coach of the Year, Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
1996 Coach of the Year, Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
1994 Coach of the Year, Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
1992 Coach of the Year, NJCAA Region XIII
1992 Coach of the Year, Wisconsin Technical College Conference
The 2016 Wildcats advanced to the NJCAA Division 1 National Tournament in Hutchinson, KS after beating Indian Hills on the road 104-103 to claim the District 11 Championship. NDSCS beat Harcum College, PA in the first round of Nationals 102-86.
Under the direction of Head Coach Stu Engen, the North Dakota State College of Science Men's Basketball team has captured three straight Region XIII Championships, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. During his five seasons at NDSCS, he has led the Wildcats to records of 26-6, 29-4, 26-7, 28-7, and 31-2.
Engen has complied 446 Head Collegiate Coaching victories, and in October of 2011 was inducted into the Augsburg College Athletic Hall of Fame. Eight of Engen’s former assistants have now become Head Collegiate Basketball Coaches, and seven of his former players have signed professional contracts.
Before serving for a short time as the Assistant Director of Athletics at Northland College, Engen previously held head coaching positions at the Minnesota State University - Moorhead (MSUM) (2002-2010); University of Wisconsin - La Crosse (UWL) (2000-2002); Upper Iowa University (UIU) (1992-2000); and Western Wisconsin Technical College (WWTC) (1990-1992). He also served as an assistant coach at both the University of South Dakota and Augsburg College.
During his time at MSUM, Engen’s 2003 team achieved the best record for the Dragon’s basketball team in 28 years, just missing a trip to the NCAA Division II Tournament. They finished second in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament. Engen’s team also experienced great regional success going 1-1 against North Dakota State University, 3-2 against the University of North Dakota, and 7-1 against Concordia College.
While at UW-La Crosse, Engen was men’s head basketball coach for two seasons. It was here that Engen was named the 2002 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after his team finished runner-up in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Engen also achieved great success during his tenure at Upper Iowa University, a NCAA Division III school. With Engen’s guidance, UIU won three Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) Championships and also captured the first annual (IIAC) Conference Tournament Championship. He was also presented with the IIAC Coach of the Year Award on three separate occasions.
In 1994 Engen’s team achieved the largest turnaround in the history of the IIAC, last to first. His teams also made two NCAA Division III Tournament appearances and compiled the best season record in school history, twice. In eight seasons, Engen amassed an overall record of 135-70.
Engen also coached at the NJCAA level where in 1992 he led Western Wisconsin Tech to a school record 25 victories capturing the NJCAA Regional Championship and advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament in Delhi, NY.
Engen, 55, received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Adapted Physical Education from Augsburg College in 1986, where he was a two-time First-Team All MIAC selection leading his team to the 1985 MIAC Championship, while advancing to the NCAA National Tournament. Engen also attended Normandale Community College where he was also a First-Team All MCCC selection, leading his team to 24 victories in his sophomore season. He earned his Master of Arts at the University of South Dakota in 1990. Engen and his wife, Mary, have three daughters, Mikkel, Alyse and Tierza, and a son, Everett.
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Phone: 701-671-2548 / 605-520-1917
Alex Fodness is entering his second season as the Sports Information Director and Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at NDSCS. He helped guide the Wildcats to a school record 31-2, Region XIII Championship, and Mon-Dak Conference Championship in the 2016-17 season.
Prior to his time at NDSCS, Alex spent one season as a Graduate Assistant for the men's basketball program at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD. In the 2015-16 season the Tigers recorded a 23-10 record and reached the Sweet 16 of the NAIA DII National Tournament. At Wesleyan his primary duties included opponent scouting, recruiting, film breakdown, academic monitoring, and coaching the junior varsity program.
Alex got his start in coaching as a volunteer assistant for the Varsity Boys team at Castlewood High School in 2014-15.
In the summer of 2017 Alex began coaching with the South Dakota North Stars AAU program in Brookings, SD. He was the coach for the 12U Boys and led boys’ skill development.
Fodness, a Castlewood, SD native, graduated from South Dakota State University in 2014 with a BS in Psychology and earned his MS in Sport and Recreation Studies in 2016.
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