Aaron Christensen enters his
first season as the Head Football Coach of Montana State
University- Northern. He brings with him a decade of
coaching experience at the NAIA level.
From 2012 to 2014, Coach
Christensen served as the Offensive Coordinator and Recruiting
Coordinator for Missouri Valley College (MVC).During that time, MVC won 3 consecutive Heart of America
Athletics Conference Championships, had 3 NAIA FCS appearances,
and one NAIA Football Championship Series (FCS) semi-final
Prior to becoming offensive coordinator, Christensen served as
running backs' coach, wide receivers' coach, video coordinator
and passing game coordinator for MVC. Christensen was on staff at MVC for five Heart of
America Athletic Conference championships, seven NAIA Football
Championship Series appearances, and three NAIA FCS semifinal
Before arriving at MVC,
Christensen attended Huron University where he earned All
Conference honors as a TE. Following his playing career,
Christensen spent two seasons as a student coach coaching the
tight ends at Huron. Prior to Huron, Christensen played at San Jose City
College near his hometown of Hayward, Calif.
currently resides in Havre with his wife Jolene and his three
daughters Olivia, Avery, and Adalynn.
Jake Eldridge is entering his 8th season of
coaching with the Lights. This will begin his 6th season as
Defensive Coordinator and 8th as Strength
started his coaching career with MSU Northern as the running
backs coach from 2008 to 2010. During that time, Coach Eldridge helped RB Justin Moe
Team All-Conference Honors, Honorable Mention VSN All-American
Honors as well as the Frontier Conference Offensive Most
Valuable Player Award in 2008. In 2009 he helped mentor Freshman
All-Conference Kick Returner and RB Stephen Silva. In 2010 Coach Eldridge was promoted to Defensive
Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach where he coached 3 year
All-Conference and 2011 Frontier Conference Defensive Most
Valuable Player Will Andrews. In all, Coach Eldridge has coached 14 All-Conference
performers on the defensive side of the ball.
Prior to Northern, Eldridge prepped at Helena Capital High
School from 1996-2000 where he won a State Championship his
senior season. Jake
was a two sport standout in both track and football where he
earned All-State and All-Conference honors throughout his
career. Eldridge's athletic success earned him a dual track and
football scholarship to the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. Jake transferred to MSU-Northern prior to the 2004 season
under 1st year head coach Mark Samson. Jake was a
four year starter and a four year team captain for the Lights at
defensive back where he garnered All-Conference and Academic
All-Conference honors. A torn ACL prior to his senior
season limited Jake on the defensive side of the ball, but he
was able to finish out his career as a slot receiver in 2007.
Eldridge resides in Havre with his Fiancé Mindy and two children
Alissa (15) and Brody (10)
Cody O'Neill is entering his second season coaching football at
MSU Northern. This will be his second season as offensive line
coach and first season as recruiting coordinator.
In his first season as the offensive line coach at Northern,
Coach O’Neill helped mentor an offensive line that ranked in the
top 15 in the nation.The Lights’ offensive line gave up less than one sack a
game during their 2014 season. As a unit, Coach O’Neill’s
offensive line paved the way for all-conference performer and
1400 yard rusher, Zach McKinley.
Cody is from Harvard, Illinois and attended Marian Central
Catholic High school. In high school, he completed in
wrestling and football, and was an All-Area and All-State
athlete in both sports. Cody played college football for
the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota.
During his college career, he was a team captain and part of the
team’s Leadership Council. Cody started three consecutive
seasons at guard and center. During his senior season,
Cody earned Missouri Valley all-conference honorable mention
honors as a center and was voted Lineman of the Year for the
University of South Dakota football team. Prior to his coming to
Northern, Cody volunteered at his alma mater in coaching the
offensive line in the spring of 2014. At the conclusion of his
senior year, Cody was invited to and participated in the NFL
Minnesota Vikings rookie minicamp.
Coach O’Neill currently resides in Havre with his fiancée Kelsey
Jorge Magana (4th year)
Defensive Line Coach
Jorge begins his fourth year as an assistant coach with
MSU-Northern after completing a stellar career as a 2-time
All-Conference center for the Lights in 2010 and 2011.
Jorge was a three-sport athlete at Freedom High School in
As a senior, Jorge earned All-Conference honors in the BUAL
League. Jorge also played two years of junior college
football at Los Medanos Junior College, where he was a two year
starter and All-Conference performer. Jorge earned his
degree in Secondary Education/HPE from MSU-Northern in 2014
Arthur is the
son of Arthur and Maria Smith, and brother of Stephanie Smith. Arthur was born and raised in Miami, Florida, where he
attended and played football for Miami Killian Senior High.
Following high school, Coach Smith attended the University of
Mount Union were he started at linebacker for two years and led
the raiders into two NCAA Division III national championship
games, while earning first team all-conference honors. He
majored in Physical Education and has a minor in Health and
Multi-Age Education. Coach Smith played Arena football in
the IFL. His coaching career started at Mount Union, were
he was the Assistant linebackers coach. He also coached at
Miami Beach Senior High School, where he worked with the
Running Back Coach
Matt enters his first season on the MSUN
coaching staff as the running backs coach. He comes to Northern
from Graceland University in Iowa where he student coached and
assisted with the offensive line.
Matt started his collegiate football career at
Bacone College (OK) where he played offensive line and was
awarded second team all-conference honors. After leaving Bacone
he transferred to Graceland University to continue his education
and passion for football.
Stevens Graduated in the fall of 2014 from
Graceland University with a B.A. in communications with a minor
in psychology. Stevens is currently enrolled in the Master’s
program at Northern where he anticipates being done summer 2017
with a master’s in education.
Stevens enjoys being outdoors, fishing, shed
hunting and spending time with his dog bear.
Wide Receiver Coach
Chuck Terry is in his 1st
year as an assistant coach for the MSU-Northern lights. Chuck is originally from Columbia falls where he was a
three sport athlete competing in football, basketball, and track
for the Columbia falls wildcats. After high school, Chuck went to play football at Western
Chuck currently resides in Havre with his wife
Teresa, Daughters Naomi and Caitlyn, and his sons Crawford and
Defensive Line Coach & Special Teams Coordinator
Tight Ends & Offensive Line Coach