The South Dakota Football Coaches Association has inducted De Smet Athletic Director Marv McCune into their Hall of Fame. McCune’s career as a teacher spans 44 years. In 1978 he accepted a position at De Smet and since has led De Smet teams to several championships.
McCune started his career in Bristol soon after graduating college. In the fall of ’78 De Smet hired McCune as a social studies teacher, head football coach, assistant basketball coach and track coach. In the last 42 years with De Smet, McCune has been the head football coach or assistant, the head basketball coach or assistant or served in the capacity of Athletic Director.
McCune earned the three football championships holding different positions. He was an assistant coach in ’88, a head coach in ’81 and an Athletic Director in ’03. Some of his other accomplishments involving football are, the “Mythical” champions in ’80, a 26-game winning streak from ’79-’81 and the Lake Central Conference titles in ’79, ’80, and ’81. He also won the Dakota Valley Conference title in ’08.
McCune took over a football program that was doing well. The previous head coach left De Smet to be an assistant coach at the college level. McCune hired Bill Wilkinson as an assistant and together they worked with the football team. In ’79 and ’80 they were playing 11-man football. There were no State Championships at the time. The team’s record earned them the Lake Central Conference title, and sportswriters at the time called the team the “Mythical” State Champions.
The first year of football playoffs was in ’81. De Smet’s team had one loss to Miller. They managed through the play-offs with the help of their quarterback and “Athlete of the Year”, Dan Olson. In the Championship game, De Smet challenged Gregory. De Smet took the Championship with a score of 8-6.
The year 1988 saw many changes in the football program. McCune was now the Athletic Director, and the football team had just hired a new football coach, named Everett Gebhardt. McCune was an assistant coach that year. It was also the first year the team played nine-man football.
That season started out a little rocky with three losses. After the losses, the team improved and won every game all the way through to the State Championship.
In 2003, McCune was the Athletic Director when the De Smet Bulldogs won the State Championship.