Mobridge: North Central South Dakota Polytechnic Institute (Norcentral) on Friday evening announced the hiring of Gil Thorp as its new Defensive Coordinator. Meg Thatcher, Chairman of the Coven of Directors made the announcement in behalf of the institute before a handful of preschoolers at Mona Weischedel Daycare.
Thorp brings with him nearly 60 years of coaching experience. He has been the Athletic Director and Head Football, Basketball and Baseball Coach at Milford High School since 1958. In that time span he led the Mudlarks to a 342-285 record and 23 state second place finishes.
Thorp’s wife, Mimi Thorp, will join him to coach women’s basketball and softball.
Thorp replaces Coach Daniel Banes Cooper who mysteriously disappeared in April of 2015.
We contacted Head Football Coach and Chancellor Gomer S Blake for comment. “We are tickled fuchsia over having Coach Thorp join Plover Nation. Coach Thorp brings a bucket of experience and has a reputation of building tough, hard-nosed defensive squads. Let’s win!”