David & Jane Gunther Athletic Scholarship Endowment


The Gunther Scholarship: A Show of UND Basketball Pride

“The time I spent at UND playing for Coach Gunther still influences my life, every day.The deeply ingrained lessons of integrity, discipline, teamwork, and the relentless commitment to success have made me proud to be a member of his team then and now."
— Fred Lukens, '77, former UND men's basketball player
In Dave Gunther's 18 years as head coach of the UND men's basketball team, he recorded the second-most wins in program history.

After a successful collegiate basketball career at the University of Iowa, Coach Gunther played a few seasons with the ABL and one season in the NBA before embarking on his college coaching career, which began at Wayne State.

In 1970, he was named head coach for UND men's basketball. From 1970 to 1988, his teams won 332 games including 5 North Central Conference titles. He was inducted into the North Dakota Athletics Hall of Fame in 1987, and coached at Bemidji State University for six seasons before retiring in 2001.
In honor of Coach Gunther's huge impact at the University of North Dakota and lifetime of commitment to his players, a handful of his former student-athletes have established a scholarship endowment in his name.

The scholarship or scholarships will support tuition and fees for UND men's basketball student-athletes.

To sustain the Department of Athletics history of competition excellence and position UND as a premier educational provider, it must be able to attract the best and brightest student-athletes. As the cost of higher education continues to rise, UND Athletics is committed to supporting high-achieving student-athletes.

Click here to make a gift to the David & Jane Gunther Athletic Scholarship Endowment


With a minimum $5,000 gift to the David & Jane Gunther Athletic Scholarship Endowment, you may benefit from both a federal tax deduction AND a North Dakota income tax credit equal to 40% of the charitable gift, thereby significantly reducing the net cost of giving. Click here for more.

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