USD Hall of Famer Passes Away

VERMILLION, SD ( – Henry Heider Coyote Sports Hall of Famer Kenneth Beringer of Vermillion passed away Wednesday at the age of 90.

Beringer was born Jan. 24, 1932, in Tyndall, South Dakota. He attended high school in Tyndall before attending Kansas State University for one year and then completing his undergraduate degree at Southern State Teachers College in Springfield, South Dakota. He served in the Marines. In 1952 he married JoAnne Baker.

Ken and JoAnne were USD season ticket holders for more than 50 years and were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017. The couple arrived in Vermillion in 1964 and spent the greater part of three decades serving as teachers, coaches, and business managers for the Vermillion School District and USD. JoAnne, who passed in 2019, worked at USD for 24 years as assistant registrar. Ken was the head track and field coach and an assistant football coach at Vermillion High School. He was the Director of Housing at USD and an assistant to the superintendent of Vermillion School District, serving briefly as superintendent.

Ken served more than 50 years as an official and referee throughout the region and was assigned to 54 high school state tournament games. His love of baseball had him coaching American Legion ball for more than 20 years where he got to coach his three sons, Kenneth Joseph, Jeff and Jon.

A public visitation will be held Monday at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion from 5-7 p.m., with a Rosary beginning at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Agnes Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial donations be directed to the University of South Dakota athletic department.