Mike Aldrich begins his first season as head football coach at Minot State University. He becomes Minot State’s 21st head coach in nearly 100 years of football.
Aldrich comes to Minot State after two successful seasons as the assistant head coach and defensive line / linebackers coach at Southwest Minnesota State in Marshall, Minn. He was named the 2016 AFCA Division II Assistant Coach of the Year.
Aldrich was the head coach at Augustana College (now Augustana University) from 2010-2012, spent three seasons as the team's defensive coordinator and coached the Vikings 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.
He finished with a 22-13 overall record as head coach with the Vikings, making one NCAA Division II playoff appearance in 2010. During the 2010 season, he guided Augustana to a school-record 11 wins and the team’s berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs was the first for the Vikings in 21 seasons.
In between his time at SMSU and AU, Aldrich spent two seasons as the defensive coordinator at Wayne State College. He coached at the University of Louisville (2003-2004), the Sioux Falls Storm of the Professional Indoor Football League (2000-2002 & 2005-2009), California Lutheran (2000), College of the Sequoias (1999) and St. Olaf College (1995-1998).
Aldrich, a native of Burnsville, Minn., played collegiately for St. Olaf where he holds a bachelor's degree in economics and social studies education. He earned his Master's degree in kinesiology / sports management from the University of Minnesota in 1999.
Aldrich and his wife, Kristen, have three children Makenna, Joseph and Brianna.