Blue Knights Athletics Receives Innovative Student Affairs Program Award

Minnesota State Academic and Student Affairs recognizes DCTC sports program

The Blue Knights Athletics program at Dakota County Technical College received the Innovative Student Affairs Program Award from Minnesota State Academic and Student Affairs. The award recognizes innovative programs that use new ideas, methods, or techniques that result in improved educational or developmental activities, services, or management for a college or university community.

These programs or activities must have been in operation for at least two years. The following criteria were used to evaluate nominations:

  • Demonstrate financial creativity or cost effectiveness
  • Encourage diverse and/or multiple subgroups to participate
  • Be adaptable to other institutions
  • Address a demonstrable need on campus
  • Contain an evaluation component
  • Involve collaboration with other college or university departments
  • Enhance student learning or development

“I am so proud of the Blue Knights Athletics program and the campus community,” said Marki Struensee, the college’s athletic coordinator. Marki also serves as an academic and financial advisor as well as an Individualized Studies and athlete advisor. “A special shout out to our student-athletes who work so hard to make this all possible! It’s a great day to be a Blue Knight!”



DCTC fields six NJCAA sports teams:

Women’s Soccer

Mark Obarski
Head Women’s Soccer Coach
651-423-8676
BIO

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Women’s Fastpitch Softball

Tom Cross
Head Softball Coach
651-423-8677
BIO

Athlete Recruit Form


Men’s Basketball

Peter Olafeso
Interim Head Basketball Coach
651-423-8675
BIO

Athlete Recruit Form


Men’s Soccer

Mark Obarski
Head Women’s Soccer Coach
651-423-8676
BIO

Athlete Recruit Form


Women’s Volleyball

Jen Bowman
Head Volleyball Coach
651-423-8544
BIO

Athlete Recruit Form


Men’s Baseball

Matthew Erzar
Head Baseball Coach
651-423-8462
BIO

Athlete Recruit Form


Learn more about NJCAA athletics at DCTC by contacting:

Nicole Meulemans
Director of Student Life and Activities
651-423-8403

Marki Struensee
Athletic Coordinator
Academic & Financial Aid Advisor
Individualized Studies & Athlete Advising
651-423-8641
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Virtual Walk-ins for Financial Aid, Admissions, or Advising (select at top of web page)


DCTC Blue Knights vs Dawson CC Buccaneers, April 23, 2015

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