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Shane LaDage
Co-Offensive Coordinator / Wide Receivers

Shane LaDage begins his second season with Minot State as an Assistant Football Coach. LaDage primarily works with with the team's wide receivers and is MSU football's recruiting coordinator. We was named the team's Co-Offensive Coordinator in 2017.

MSU named LaDage interim head coach this past offseason to span between head coaching positions with the Beavers.

A former Southwest Minnesota State tight end, LaDage has coached at his alma mater, Saint Joseph's College and, most recently, the University of Wyoming.

At Wyoming, LaDage served as the school's tight end's coach over the past two seasons as well as assisted in the team's special teams. He helped the Cowboys offense rank fifth in passing in the Mountain West Conference in 2014 and first in the Mountain West in time of possession (2014).

He spent a single season at Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Ind., where he was Pass Game Coordinator/Co-Special Teams Coordinator/Wide Receivers & Tight Ends Coach. His team was No. 1 in total offensive in the GLVC, No. 1 in rushing offense and No. 2 in scoring in 2013.

At Southwest Minnesota, he coached wide receivers for a season and tight ends for two years and served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach from 2011-13. SMSU's offense set the school single-season record for rushing touchdowns in 2012 (23 TD runs), posted the second best single-season rushing total in school history in 2012 (1,888 rushing yards) and recorded the third best single season in total offense (4,363 yards). He finished his four-year playing career as team captain for the Mustangs in 2010, earning all NSIC South Division in 2009 and 2010.

LaDage has two degrees from SMSU, earning a Master's of Education, Sports Leadership in 2013 and a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science degree with a minor in Coaching in 2011.


Derek Edholm
Co-Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks

Derek Edholm begins his first season with Minot State football as Co-Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks coach.

Edholm rejoins Minot State head coach Mike Aldrich as the two coached together at Southwest Minnesota State and Wayne State College.

He served as the offensive coordinator at Anoka High School, a 6A school in Minnesota, this past season. Edholm spent a season at SMSU working with the team’s tight ends and was also the tight ends coach at WSC for two years. He started his career at his alma mater Bemidji State as a volunteer coach, working with quarterbacks and wide receivers.

Edholm was a standout quarterback at Bemidji State from 2006-2010, starting 33 games for the Beavers. He was twice named team captain. He was BSU’s offensive Most Valuable Player as a junior, passing for 1,662 yards and 25 touchdowns. He earned All-NSIC honors three times during his collegiate career.

Edholm is a 2011 graduate of Bemidji State with a degree in business administration. He completed his Master’s degree at Wayne State College in sports management in 2015.


Joe Dale
Special Teams Coordinator / Defensive Backs

Joe Dale is in his second season as a part of the Minot State University football coaching staff, joining the Beavers as an Assistant Football Coach / Defensive Backs in 2016. He will serve as the team's Special Teams Coordinator and will continue to work with the defensive backs in 2017.

Dale is a former standout defensive back for NCAA Division I University of Utah and has coached at the DI and high school levels.

He earned letters for the Utes from 2006-09 and started at safety his last two seasons at Utah. Dale earned Defensive MVP of the 2007 Poinsettia Bowl and played in four bowl wins for the Utes. He was a part of the team's 2009 Sugar Bowl win over Alabama and played in two Poinsettia Bowls.

Dale spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons as a graduate assistant at Utah, working with all aspects of the team including recruiting. He coached three seasons at Madison High School in Idaho and one season at Murray High School in Utah.

Originally from Irving, Texas, Dale believes his ties to his home state will help build the Beavers' program.

Dale graduated from the University of Utah in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in Sports Management. He is pursuing his Master's Degree in Educational Psychology at Utah.


Nick Nissen
Assistant Football Coach / Offensive Line

Nick Nissen begins his first season as an Assistant Football Coach at Minot State University in January 2016. Nissen's primary duties will be with the offensive line.

Nissen played and coached at Southern Utah in Cedar City, Utah. He joins current defensive coach Scott Larson as former Southern Utah players who have moved on to coach at Minot State.

A versatile player, Nissen started four games as a sophomore at the defensive tackle position before switching to offensive guard as a junior. He shined on the offensive side of the ball, earning honorable mention All-Big Sky honors as a junior and was a third-team All-Big Sky selection as a senior.

He was named SUU's captain in 2014 and earned SUU's Offensive Lineman of the Year honors as well. Nissen was named to the FCS Senior Bowl team as a senior.

As an offensive assistant / OL assistant at Southern Utah, he helped the team to the 2015 Big Sky Conference championship and the school's second FCS playoff selection. The Thunderbirds rushed for 1,990 yards and passed for 3,350 yards to average 445.0 yards of offensive per game in 2015.

Nissen earned his Bachelors degree in Physical Education/Exercise Science in 2014 from Southern Utah and is currently pursuing a Master's in Sports Conditioning and Performance at SUU.


Jon Davidson
Graduate Assistant  / Linebackers

Jon Davidson is in his second season with Minot State University, serving as a Graduate Assistant Football Coach. Davidson will primarily work with the Beavers linebackers in 2015.

Davidson helped coach the Beavers to the second best pass defense in the NSIC in terms of passing yards per game (182.8) in his first season with the team while the defensive unit as a whole ranked in the top half of the conference.

A native of Sammamish, Wash., Davidson played college football at Idaho State University. During a solid career, he played in 37 games and made 20 starts at nickel and corner back. He finished his career with 70 tackles, 14 pass breakups, three tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, a sack and an interception.

He was invited to a pre-draft workout with the Seattle Seahawks in 2014 and earned an invitation to Rookie Minicamp with the Seahawks following the 2014 NFL Draft.

Davidson prepped at Skyline High School in Sammamish and won two Washington State Football Championships, going 28-0 from 2007-2008. He helped Skyline to the 2007 3A State Championship and the 2008 4A title and the team earned a No. 5 ranking in the USA Today Power 25.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in both Spanish and Finance from Idaho State and speaks fluent Spanish.


Andrew Fragale
Graduate Assistant  / Defensive Line

Andrew Fragale begins his first season as a Graduate Assistant Football Coach at Minot State in 2016. His main focus will be working with the Beavers defensive line.

No stranger to the trenches, Fragale was a four-year starter (2011-2015) at defensive tackle for Clarion University, an NCAA Division II school in the PSAC Conference. He finished with 130 career tackles and 20 career sacks to go along with 55 tackles for a loss.

While at Clarion, he earned second team All-PSAC honors and was named his team's Defensive Most Valuable Player Award in 2015. He was selected and played in the 2015 All-American Bowl in Mexico City.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management at Clarion in 2015.

Fragale served as a Summer Football Volunteer for Cameron County from 2012-2014, working with the defensive line and linebackers along with the summer workout program.

He is currently working on his Master's Degree in Sport Management at Minot State.


Nathan Koziol
Graduate Assistant  / Tight Ends

Nathan Koziol begins his first season as a Graduate Assistant Football Coach at Minot State in 2016. His main focus will be working with tight ends.

Originally from Lodi, Wis., he played two seasons at NSIC rival Bemidji State, helping the BSU Beavers to a North Division Championship in 2012. He played both quarterback and wide receiver while at BSU.

In 2014, he transferred to Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. While at Loras, he suffered a career-ending injury and turned his attention to coaching. He began his coaching career as a student assistant in 2015, coaching wide receivers and then switching to quarterbacks in the fall.

While at Loras, Koziol helped the team average 370 passing yards per game, which ranked second in Division III and sixth in all NCAA Divisions combined. Loras' quarterbacks threw for 3,700 yards and 36 touchdowns in only 10 games. Loras was one of the fastest and most explosive teams in Division III averaging over 85 plays a game.

He graduated from Loras College in the spring of 2016 with a degree in Sport Management and a minor in Business Administration.

Koziol is working on his Master's Degree in Sport Management at Minot State.


Coleton Either
Student Assistant  / Offensive Line

Coleton Either begins his second season as a Student Assistant Football coach at Minot State.

Either will help with all aspects of the football program, but will mainly work with the linebackers.

He played three seasons for the Beavers, earning time at all of the team offensive line spots, making 12 career starts for the Beavers.

Either, a native of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, is currently working on his degree in biology at MSU.