1982 University of Mary team (Hank Taken Alive) will be honored Saturday


Hank Taken Alive, front row 5th-from left (No. 23) and the 1982 University of Mary Marauder’s will be honored during today’s game with Bemidji State.

This weekend the University of Mary is having alumni weekend focusing on the 1980-1984 men’s basketball teams. The 1982 team finished 30-3, won the NAIA District 12 championship and advanced to the NAIA national tournament, the first in Marauder history. 


Our very own Head Coach Hank Taken Alive was the point guard for the ‘82 Marauders. In two years he set the schools all time assist record (later to be broken by his own teammate) and was elected to the University of Mary Hall-of-Fame as a player (1999) and also as a member of the 1982 team.

Lakota Hoops profiled Taken Alive on May 8, 2016

Hank Taken Alive is a 1978 graduate of McLaughlin High School in South Dakota, where he was a two-time Class B all-state selection. He played college basketball at the University of Mary under legendary Coach Al Bordtke, where he remains #10 in career assists and #5 in assists in a single season. He was inducted into the Marauders Hall of Fame both as an individual player in 1999 and as a member of the 1981-82 team.

He remained active as a player with the North Dakota Warriors after his college days, finishing among the top teams at the ND state amateur basketball and All Indian National Finals tournaments. He coached at Takini High School in South Dakota, where his 1994 & 1995 teams qualified for the state tournament. He then went on to coach at McLaughlin where his 2000, 2003, and 2009 teams qualified for the state tournament. He coached three all-state players and several of his players from Takini and McLaughlin went on to play at the collegiate level, including Tanner and Travis Albers, who took United Tribes to the NJCAA tournament and both went to play NCAA Division 1 basketball.

Two of Hank's sons and former players, Ty and Ray, both earned Bachelors Degrees from Black Hills State after both briefly took part in college basketball. Hank was named head coach of the North team at the 2006 South Dakota All Star Game and also earned the 2009 South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association Region 4 Coach of the Year honors. In 2011, Hank was honored as a Distinguished Service Award recipient by the South Dakota High School Activities Association.

Congratulations to the Taken Alive Family and the McLaughlin community…