Paul Sather

Paul Sather (born August 28, 1971)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: North Dakota Fighting Hawks
Current conference: Summit League
Black Hills State record^: 94-62 (.603)
Northern State record^: 188-89 (.679)
North Dakota record: 30-60 (.333)
Overall record^: 312-211 (.597)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • Summit League Regular Season Champion:  0
  • NSIC (Div II) Regular Season Champion: (2018, 2019)
  • Dakota Athletic (NAIA) Regular Season Champion: (2009, 2010)
  • Summit League Tournament Champion:  0
  • NSIC (Div II) Tournament Champion: (2018, 2019)
  • NCAA Division II National Championships:  0  (Runner-up in 2018)   
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  3  (2015, 2018, 2019)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Final Four:  1  (2018)
  • NAIA Tournament Appearances:  2  (2009, 2010)


  • NSIC (Div II) Coach of the Year:  2  (2018, 2019)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2019-present North Dakota
2010-2019 Northern State
2005-2010 Black Hills State
1999-2005 Northern State (asst)
1997-1999 Wayne State (grad. asst)

Paul Sather Facts

  • Paul Sather
  • Born August 28, 1971
  • Hometown: Princeton, Minnesota
  • Alma Mater: Northern State University (BA, 1996) / Wayne State College (MA, 1999)
  • Played four years at then-NAIA Northern State (SD), serving as team captain for Wolves back-to-back NAIA runner-up finishes
  • Started his coaching career at Sidney HS (NE) before serving as a graduate assistant at Wayne State (NE) under Greg McDermott
  • Returned to his alma mater in 1999, spending six years as an assistant under longtime head coach Don Meyer
  • Spent five seasons as the head coach at NAIA Black Hills State in Spearfish, SD
    • Was 94-62 during his tenure, winning two DAC titles and reaching the NAIA Tournament twice (2009 & 2010)
  • Hired in 2010 to take over for Meyer as the head coach at Northern State, serving in that role for nine seasons
    • Went 188-89 at NSU, going to three D-II NCAA Tournaments and winning two NSIC titles and Tournaments
    • Named NSIC Coach of the Year twice, including the 2017-18 season in which NSU finished as D-II National Runner-up
  • Made the move up to Division I in May 2019 when he was hired to be the head coach at North Dakota
    • Is 30-60 through his first three seasons with the Fighting Hawks
  • Along with his wife, Kelsie, has one son and one daughter

Paul Sather Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I, Division II and NAIA levels