*In 2008 and 2009 there was no East or West Region Tournament. Instead, a State Seeding Tournament and a State Qualifying Tournament were held. The BGovs played in the State Seeding Tournament both years.
**In 2011 there were no Regional, Seeding or State Qualifying Tournaments. Instead, all 10 teams qualified for the State Tournament. The BGovs entered the State Tournament as the #3 seed.
2011: This is Coach Skytlandís eighth year as the Head Coach/Manager for the Governors and first year as the coordinator for the 16-18 Year Old Baseball Program for the Bismarck Parks & Rec. Last year the Governors were the West Region Tournament Champion and North Dakota State Class ĎAí American Legion Runner-up. The Governors were also the State Runner-up under Skytland in 2005, 2007 and 2008. The BGovs won the Judge James A. Wright Sportsmanship Award in 2005 and 2006. Coach Skytland was selected to help coach the Class ĎAí West Team in the 2008 North Dakota East-West American Legion Baseball All-Star Classic. Prior to becoming the Head Coach, Skytland was the Bismarck Governorís assistant coach for three years.
Before BGovs: Coach Skytland has been a coach with the Bismarck Parks and Recreation summer baseball program since 1988. During his years with Parks and Recreation, Skytland has been involved with Babe Ruth Baseball since 1989 and served as the coordinator for the 13-15 year-old Babe Ruth Program from 1995-2000. Coach Skytlandís teams that won state championships at the Bambino (1993, 1995); 13-year-old (1993, 1994, 1997); and 14-year-old (1999) levels. His 1995 Bambino and 2000 15-year-old teams both won the Midwest Plains Regional Championship and placed fifth at the Babe Ruth World Series.
Off the field:Coach Skytland just completed his tenth year as a teacher at Bismarck High School, he teaches Economics and U.S. History. Coach Skytland also serves as an assistant boyís basketball coach. Previously, he taught six years at St. Maryís Grade School. Coach Skytland was the University of Maryís Head Menís Tennis Coach from 1993-2008 and also served as the Head Womenís Tennis Coach from 2001-2008.
Did you know? Coach Skytland was a NJCAA Academic All-American in men's basketball at Bismarck State College and a two-time NAIA Academic All-American in men's tennis at the University of Mary.