At the young age of 57, I discovered I liked to write. This was a surprise to me as I had a very bad experience while taking a literature course in college – and I thereafter avoided English courses like the plague.
However, in 2011, I began writing several short articles in the 700 word range – mostly stories of personal life experiences. Some humorous. Some touching. And a few opinion pieces on topics such as politics.
I have just completed the biography of my late father, Dwane “Cloddy” Clodfelter, former men’s basketball coach at the University of South Dakota. He was a pioneer in the integration of college basketball during the 1950’s and 1960’s. The USD Coyotes played in the Elite 8 in 1957 and 1958 – winning the Division II National Championship in 1958.
This is my personal journal of writing the biography “Cloddy.” It’s been an amazing and rewarding six-year journey thus far.
Thanks for your interest!
I grew up in Vermillion, South Dakota – a small university town tucked in the southeast corner of the state. I also earned two degrees at the University of South Dakota (B.S. History ’77, JD ’81).
I have been married to my wife, Renee’, for 34 years. We have one daughter and two sons. We lived in Madison Wisconsin for 28 years. We now live in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Oh, I almost forgot the other member of our family, Emy. (Our Maltese)
For exercise, I enjoy running and biking. I also enjoy reading – especially biography. I love sitting outside in warmer weather and grilling. I’m hoping to take up golf again as well.
CLODDY: Coach Dwane “Cloddy” Clodfelter, a Pioneer in the Integration of NCAA College Basketball (Murfreesboro TN: Leone Press, 2018)
“Neuharth: Cheerleading Week worth cheering about” USA TODAY (Published March 1, 2013)
“USD and the ROTC” Yankton (SD) Press and Dakotan (Published November 19, 2013)