Minot State names Aldrich head football coach

Mike Aldrich

Minot State’s search for a new football coach is over.

Former Augustana University head coach and Southwest Minnesota State University assistant Mike Aldrich has been selected to lead the MSU football program, the university announced Monday.

MSU Director of Athletics Andrew Carter picked Aldrich from a trio of finalists that included former Lindenwood University head coach Patrick Ross and former Missouri Western coach Jerry Partridge.

Aldrich was the only candidate to have prior coaching experience in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and said that could work to his advantage.

“Either I don’t fit the cookie cutter and I’m the black sheep or (I’ll have) the substantial edge in knowledge of the area and the competition of Minot State in general,” Aldrich told the Minot community during an on-campus interview Wednesday. “Having played against Minot in two of the last three years and just having the general idea of the way the league fits together – who is good, who is bad and how you want to attack certain things – and knowing the teams we are going to play, which helps quite a bit by already knowing their identities, will give you a little bit of a heads up on preparing each week.”

Aldrich becomes the university’s 21st head football coach and was a finalist for the same job in 2014 before the Beavers eventually hired Minnesota State Mankato coach Todd Hoffner.

At SMSU, Aldrich was named the 2016 American Football Coaches Association Division II Assistant Coach of the Year.

This will be Aldrich’s second head coaching stint in the NSIC, as he went 22-13 as Augustana’s coach from 2010-2012, making one NCAA Division II tournament appearance (2010). Before that, he spent three seasons as the Vikings’ defensive coordinator and coached at Augie for 11 years total. He was named the 2010 AFCA Region 5 Coach of the Year and was a Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year finalist that same season.

Check Tuesday’s print edition and minotdailynews.com later for more coverage of Aldrich’s hiring.


Garrick Hodge covers Minot State athletics, the Minot Minotauros and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @Garrick_Hodge.