Chuck Bentson

North Dakota State University Walking Tour

Chuck Bentson

Fargo, North Dakota 58105, United States

Created By: North Dakota State University

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One of the greatest coaches of NDSU history to ever grace the university, Chuck Bentson left his impact on and off the basketball court.

Born on October 25th, 1917, Charles “Chuck” Bentson grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He graduated of the University of Wyoming in 1935 with a degree in botany while playing basketball, baseball, and football. He then was in Marine Corps from 1941-1947 and was discharged as a Lieutenant Colonel. All this time overseas he still continued to play basketball and basketball. During his tour in the Pacific Theatre, he met Martha Lampman, a lieutenant nurse stationed in a Navy hospital. They were married at a Naval Hospital in California in December of 1946. Instead of playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, Chuck decided to coach the freshman basketball team at his alma mater. It wasn't until 1949 that Bentson ended up at NDAC, as the new head

From 1949-1967, Chuck Bentson compiled a 174-204 record. This makes him the second winningest coach in NDSU history, losing to Erv Inninger’s 244-150 record. In 1952 he coached the team to winning the North Central Conference Championship. Then in 1954, they shared the NCC championship with the University of North Dakota. As well as being the head basketball coach, he helped out with the varsity baseball team as well as the Fargo American Legion. It was during 1952 that he coached future MLB star, Roger Maris. Chuck decided to retire from coaching in 1965 and moved to the counseling department at NDSU. Then he was promoted to the dean of men in 1968 and later became the Dean of Student Affairs. After 32 years at the university, he retired in 1981. Chuck Bentson impacted NDSU on and off the court in positive ways. [1] [2]


  1. “Longtime NDSU basketball coach Chuck Bentson dies.” Fargo Forum, January 22, 1994.
  2. NDSU Athletic Communications, “Charles ‘Chuck’ Bentson.” Accessed October 17, 2016.
  3. Photo by North Dakota State Athletics,

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