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Josh Anderson
Head Coach: 9th Season
Alma Mater: North Dakota State University
Phone: 605-256-5656

Josh Anderson

Head Coach

Quarterbacks and Running Backs

Recruiting Area: Central South Dakota, Phoenix

E-mail: Coach Anderson

Josh Anderson begins his ninth season as the head coach at Dakota State University.  He guided the 2016 Trojans’ squad to their first back-to-back-to-back winning seasons since 1970's. 

Dakota State had a history-breaking season in 2016, where he led the Trojans to a pair of victories against NAIA’s Top 25 teams.  DSU made an appearance in the NAIA’s Football ‘Top 25’ national poll for the first time since 1998.  Dakota State was in the national rankings for six consecutive weeks, ranking as high as No. 18.

Fourteen Trojans were named to North Star Football All-Conference Team in 2016.  Austin Opdahl was named to NAIA Football All-American Second Team as well as the North Star Football Offensive Most Valuable Player after breaking school records in receiving.  Anderson coached a pair of NAIA Football National Players-of-the-Week, which is the first time in school history that an athlete was named to offense (Jacob Giles) and defense (Cole Potter) in the same year.

In 2015, the Trojans recorded its most conference victories since 1998 after finishing in a two-way tie in the North Star Athletic Association conference standings with a 4-2 record.

Anderson's 2015 squad also saw a record-breaking season offensively and defensively, including the NSAA's conference Defensive Player-of-the-Year Ben Kullos who broke all tackles categories.  DSU set a total of 12 new school records with eight new individual records and four new team records.  Dakota State was in the 'Top 10' in the rushing categories. 

Dakota State had 11 NSAA Football All-Conference recipients in 2015.  Anderson has coached two American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)/NAIA Football All-Americans (Zac Woods in 2014 and Ben Kullos in 2015).

During Anderson’s tenure at Dakota State, he accumulated 36 All-Conference recipients.  He also had six athletes become a two-time Daktronics-NAIA Football Scholar-Athlete for their academic success in the classroom.

Anderson was named head coach in February 2009 after spending the previous three seasons as the head coach at Payson High School in Payson, Ariz.  Previous to Payson, Anderson coached three seasons as head coach at Chino Valley High School in Chino Valley, Ariz.  Anderson also had five years of assistant college coaching experience at North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University and Wayne State College (Neb.) before starting his high school head coaching career in Arizona.

A native of Madison, S.D., Anderson played tight end for the Trojans from 1994-95, was a two-year starter and an All-Conference SDIC player.  Anderson then transferred to NDSU to play a similar position from 1996-1998.  He red-shirted his first year, had a back-up role his second year and was a starter his senior year with the Bison.  Anderson was a member of the Bison's 1997 NCAA Division II playoff team.

Anderson earned both his bachelor's degree and master's degree from North Dakota State University.  Josh and his wife, Stacy, from Arlington, S.D., have three children, Lincoln (11 years old), Rylee (9) and Bode (6).  Stacy played college basketball.

Head Coach Josh Anderson at Dakota State (S.D.)
Year Won Lost Conference
Record
Conference
Finish
2017        
2016 6 4 3-3 T-3rd (NSAA)
2015 6 5 4-2 T-2nd (NSAA)
2014 6 5 2-4 5th (NSAA)
2013 2 8 2-2 T-3rd (NSAA)
2012 2 9 1-2 ----- (A.I.I.)
2011 1 10 ----- ----- (A.I.I.)
2010 0 10 0-8 8th (DAC)
2009 2 7 2-6 7th (DAC)

 

 
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Dennis Cooper
Assistant Coach: 1st Season
Alma Mater: Aquinas (Mich.)
Phone: 605-256-5656

Dennis Cooper/Special Teams Coordinator
Offensive Line Coach

E-mail:  Coach Cooper

Dennis Cooper is entering his first season  with the Dakota State Football Program.  He will serve as the offensive line coach and special teams coordinator for the Trojans in 2017.  He most recently worked as an offensive graduate assistant at Kent State University under Coach Paul Haynes.  He also has extensive experience working as a high school football coach in West Michigan. 

Cooper earned his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Secondary Education from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich.  He is a native of Belding, Mich. 

 
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Alex Glover
Assistant Coach: 5th Season
Alma Mater: Dakota Wesleyan University
Phone: 605-256-5656

Alex Glover

Classic Corner Defensive Line/Director of Football Operations/Recruiting Coordinator

Recruiting Area: Northern South Dakota, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma

E-mail: Coach Glover

Alex Glover is entering his fifth year with the Trojan Football coaching staff as Defensive Line Coach, Recruiting Coordinator, and Director of Football Operations.  Glover is also the throws coach for the DSU's track & field program.

During Glover's first four years at Dakota State, he has coached seven (9) All-Conference selections on the defensive line, including Cole Potter who led all NAIA defensive linemen in tackles (90), tackles-for-loss (32.5) and quarterback sacks (14.5) in 2014.  Potter also broke the school record for sacks in a single season (14.5) and sacks in a single game (4) and finished his career as a 3-time North Star All-Conference defensive lineman.

Prior coming to Dakota State, Glover was the offensive coordinator and assistant throwing coach at his high school alma mater in Elkton, S.D. for the last three years.  He was an All-Conference, All-state and All-Register defensive end for Elkton High School.  He was a three-time state track qualifier in discus.

Glover continued his education at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D. where he earned his bachelor's degree in Sports Management.  He was a starter at tight end position as a freshman, helping DWU to their best record since 1992.  He was an integral member of the DWU football team that recorded its first winning campaign in the Great Plains Athletic Conference in 2008 with a 7-3 record and a No. 23 ranking in the final NAIA Football Coaches' poll.  DWU was honored as the South Dakota Sportswriter's Association 2008 Men's College Team-of-the-Year.

Glover also competed with DWU's track & field program as he was involved with throws for two seasons.

Alex and his wife Kaitlyn (from Pierce, Neb. and former thrower at DWU) reside in Madison and have three children - Leila, Naomi and Jayda.

 
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Jared Hottle
Assistant Coach: 5th Season
Alma Mater: Central College
Phone: 605-256-5656

Jared Hottle
Sports Shieldz Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach

Recruiting Areas:  Sioux Falls, Iowa, Florida, Wisconsin, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana

E-mail: Coach Hottle

Jared Hottle begins his fifth season coaching with Dakota State University football team.  He is the team's offensive coordinator as well as wide receivers coach. 

Hottle was one of the three finalists to the 2016 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Assistant Coach of the Year honor after a record-breaking season with the Trojans’ offensive team.

Hottle went to Central College where he was a student assistant for the football team assisting with offensive line for a year and defensive backs for three years.  In addition to coaching duties, he also assisted in coordinating video as well as assisting in both in and out-of-season recruiting for the Dutch.

Hottle was an Economics and Political Science double major while at Central.  He completed his Master's degree in Educational Technology from Dakota State University in December of 2014.

Hottle is a native of Waterloo, Iowa.

 
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Cory Miller
Assistant Coach: 3rd Season
Alma Mater: University of Northern Iowa
Phone: 605-256-5656

Cory Miller
Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach

E-mail:  Coach Miller

Prior to coming to Dakota State, Miller was the defensive backs coach and special teams' coordinator for three years at Briar Cliff University (Iowa) from 2012-14.  During his time there, Miller coached two safeties who received All-American honors and were first team All-Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) selections.  Briar Cliff's defense set school records in takeaways in a season (33), single season interceptions by a player (6), career interceptions by a player (8) and total tackles by a player in a season (118).  Miller's return teams were consistently among the GPAC's best.  The kickoff return team broke the school record for the longest kickoff return for a touchdown (99) twice.

Before coaching at Briar Cliff, Miller was the defensive backs coach at Illinois College where they set the school record for wins in a season (9) and made the school's first-ever playoff appearance.  His other coaching stops include MacMurray College (Ill.), Rockford College (Ill.) and Southwest Minnesota State University.

Miller, a native of Marshalltown, Iowa, graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2005 with a bachelor's of arts in Psychology and Sports Psychology.  He earned his Masters of Business Administration from Rockford College in 2010.

Miller currently resides in Madison.

 
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Josh Ok
Assistant Coach: 2nd Season
Alma Mater: University of Illinois
 
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Greg Rohlck
Assistant Coach: 4th Season

Greg Rohlck
Defensive Backs Coach

Greg Rohlck is entering his fourth season as a Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Trojan Football program while serving as the Defensive Backs coach.

 
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Joey Nelson
Grad Assistant: 1st Season

Joey Nelson
Graduate Assistant Coach

Joey Nelson enters his first year as a Graduate Assistant Coach for the Dakota State Trojan Football program.  He was formerly the Wide Receivers Coach at Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, S.D. since 2010.  He was also the Wide Receivers coach for Brookings High School from 2007 to 2009.

At the high school level, Nelson coached 8 South Dakota Elite 45 selections, 11 All-State selections, 14 All-Conference selections and 5 Academic All-State selections.

Nelson is a former Trojan wide receiver.  He received his Bachelor's of Arts in Business Management.  He currently lives in Sioux Falls with his wife Kelsey and dog Libby.

 
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Cullen Davis
Student Assistant: 3rd Season
 
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Terell Johnson
Student Assistant: 1st Season
 
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Rob Johsnon
Student Assistant: 1st Season
 
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Clifton Marshall
Student Assistant: 1st Season
 
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Preston Nordling
Student Assistant: 1st Season
 
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Tyler Gabel
Manager: 2nd Season
 
 
 
 
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