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Hall of Famer Mike Van Diest coming to Northern

Former Carroll College legendary head coach hired as Lights new defensive coordinator


Last updated 7/13/2021 at 7:43am

Northern Athletics

On Monday, Montana State University-Northern head football coach Andrew Rolin announced that the Lights new defensive coordinator is none other than former Carroll College Hall of Famer Mike Van Diest.

There are few names in the world of Montana football, and none that are bigger in the realm of NAIA coaching than Mike Van Diest. That name, when it comes to success, knowledge and skill, reigns supreme after what was an incredible and historical career at Carroll College, where he led the Fighting Saints to six NAIA national championships.

Now, Mike Van Diest is bringing all of that history, all of that knowledge, all of that skill as a coach to Montana State University-Northern.

On Monday afternoon, Northern head coach Andrew Rolin announced that he has lured Van Diest out of retirement...

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