Rainy River Community College long time coach, Dieter Humbert, announces Retirement

May 02, 2022



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SUBJECT:Rainy River Community College long time coach, Dieter Humbert, announces Retirement

CONTACT:Molly Nelson, Dean of Enrollment Management Molly.Nelson@rainyriver.edu / (218)-285-2236

Rainy River Community College announces the retirement of longtime coach, Dieter Humbert. Coach Humbert has been the Women’s Basketball Coach for 28 years, Women’s Softball Coach for 17 years, and Men’s Basketball Coach for 4 seasons. He has been coaching Rainy River Athletics for 47 seasons over 32 years.

Coach Humbert grew up on a small farm south of Melrose, Minnesota. He played basketball in high school and then attended and played basketball at Rainy River for two years before completing his bachelor’s degree in Marketing at Minnesota State University (MSUM) where he again played basketball on a team that qualified for the NAIA National Championship in Kansas City, Missouri. Coach Humbert began his career in St. Cloud before returning back to Rainy River to coach several sports including basketball and softball.

During his tenure as head coach, his teams gone to multiple regional, state, and national championships in both basketball and softball. He has been selected as the MCAC Northern Division Coach of the Year and the NJCAA Division III Region 13B Coach of the Year in both women’s basketball and softball (twice) and the NJCAA Division III National Coach of the Year when his women’s basketball team won the national championship.

The Rainy River Softball program under Coach Humbert’s leadership earned 10 NJCAA Region 13B tournament berths, 3 MCAC Northern Division Championships, 5 MCAC Northern Division Runners-Up, 2 NJCAA Region 13B Championships, a 6th place NJCAA Division III National Tournament finish and a 3rd place NJCAA Division III National Tournament finish.

The Rainy River Women’s Basketball program under Coach Humbert’s leadership has earned 20 State/Region Tournament berths, 8 MCAC Northern Division Championships, 2 NJCAA Region 13B Championships, a NJCAA Division III Final Four National Tournament finish and a NJCAA Division III National Championships.

Rainy River Director of Operations, Brad Krasaway, said, “In many social circles across the country, when someone mentions ‘Rainy River Community College’, they think Dieter Humbert. Dieter has been a cornerstone of Rainy River Athletics for more than 30 years and has had a lot of success. But success within athletic competition is nothing, compared to the impact he has had on a generation of student-athletes and coaches. Dieter will be missed as a mentor for students and a professional colleague, but we all know that his passion for Rainy River will never waiver and he won’t be too far away.”

Rainy River Athletic Director, Mel Millerbernd, said, “Dieter's passion for coaching and his dedication to his teams will be greatly missed. Throughout the years Dieter has guided and led many student athletes. He was an ambitious recruiter and because of that had many successful teams. We wish him the best as he retires from his duties at Rainy River - enjoy time with your family. It is well deserved!"

Rainy River Community College, located in International Falls, is a member of the Northeast Higher Education District (NHED) and the Minnesota State system. We are an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator.

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