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Siouxland coaching legend Cooper passes away

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Former Bishop Heelan and South Dakota football coach Beanie Cooper died Sunday at the age of 86. Former Bishop Heelan and South Dakota football coach Beanie Cooper died Sunday at the age of 86.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) -  A man who started his football coaching career at the high school level in Iowa before going to the University of South Dakota has died.

Larkin Funeral Homes in Sioux City, Iowa, says Bernard "Beanie" Cooper died Sunday at age 86.

Cooper had a 42-12 record at Bishop Heelan High School in Sioux City from 1969-74, winning the Iowa state championship in 1971. He moved on to to USD in 1975.

Cooper coached the 1978 Coyotes to the school's first North Central Conference championship in 27 years. Cooper stepped down after that season to serve full time as athletic director before serving in that capacity at Indiana State University.

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