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Mike Van Diest excited to return to coaching

The former Carroll College head coach looks forward to coaching the Northern defense


Last updated 8/9/2021 at 7:59am

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

MSU-N defensive coordinator Mike Van Diest coaches a Northern player at their practice at Lights Stadium on Saturday. Van Diest will be the Lights' new defensive coordinator and was a six-time national champion as the head coach of Carroll College.

As the biggest hire in the Frontier Conference football offseason, Mike Van Diest hopes to lead the Montana State University-Northern defense to success in his first year as their new defensive coordinator. Van Diest is an NAIA legend as he led Carroll College to six national championships and 14 Frontier Conference championships during his 19 years as the head coach. After a few years away from college football, he is excited to be back.

"It's a blast. I had a great time last year at Helena High but I missed the college-age group," Van Diest said. "I missed grinding film with the coaches...

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