Aaron Christensen enters his first season as the Head Football Coach of Montana StateUniversity- 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 appearance. 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 games.
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.
Aaron Christensen currently resides in Havre with his wife
Jolene and his four
daughters Olivia, Avery, Adalynn and Elena.
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 played 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
Anvil Sinsabaugh is entering his first
season coaching football at MSU Northern. He will be coaching
the wide receivers. Anvil is from Mesa, Arizona and attended
Skyline High School. Anvil played college football Morningside
College in Sioux City, Iowa. Anvil was a three year starter for
Morningside, and a captain for two seasons. He was a captain of
the 2012 team that went to the NAIA National Championship Game.
After his playing career, Anvil was an assistant coach at
Morningside College for two years. He has coached the outside
linebackers and running backs. Anvil earned his degree in
General Psychology from Morningside College in 2014.
Defensive Line Coach & Special Teams Coordinator
Darold DeBolt is returning to the
Northern Lights football program after coaching Tight Ends and
helping with the Offensive Line at Carroll College in 2014. This will be his 4th season as the Defensive Line coach
for the Lights.
DeBolt was born and raised in Great Falls,
Montana where he excelled at many sports. Football was his first love and DeBolt was selected to 1st
team All-State at Middle Linebacker for the CMR Rustlers in
1996. He was
selected to play in the MONDAK all class all-star game and
Montana Shrine football game. DeBolt
was also selected as an Honorable Mention All American team in
1996. In 2000 DeBolt was selected to the All-time CMR football
team and is a select member of the CMR Hall of Fame.
After playing 3 years of college baseball,
Darold returned to football, playing for Carroll College in 2000
and winning a NAIA National Championship with the Saints in
graduating from Carroll College Darold pursued his coaching
career at his high school alma mater, coaching 7 years for Hall
of Fame coach Jack Johnson at C.M. Russel. In 2011, Darold pursued his teaching degree at MSU
Northern while coaching Defensive Line.
Darold married his high school sweet heart
Tiffany in 2003 and currently resides in Havre.
Richard “Jumbo” Wells
Defensive Backs Coach
Coach Wells returns to MSUN for his 30th year of collegiate coaching, and his 11th at MSUN. He will assist with the Lights secondary. He has coached previously at UM Western (80-83), Carroll College (84-89) and MSUN (04-09). He has mentored numerous All-Conference and All American performers over the course of his career. He has also made coaching stops in Alaska, North Dakota, Oregon and Texas.
Coach Wells also serves as the Tutor Coordinator for Student Support Services at MSU Northern. He and his wife, Mary Jo, have two grown children – Ted, a former Lights DB and current Athletic Trainer at Rocky Mountain College, and Hanna, a registered nurse in Bozeman.
Running Backs Coach
Malcolm Manuel is entering his first season coaching for MSU Northern. Malcolm was born and raised in Carson, California. He attended Cabrillo High School in Long Beach, CA where he was a captain and 2 time all area selection. Following high school, Malcolm played 2 years of college football at Golden West College, located in Huntington Beach, CA. At Golden West he was a 2 year starter at WR and CB. After Golden West, Malcolm played 2 seasons at MSU Northern, where he was a 2 year starter at CB and a team captain his senior year. Malcolm has 2 brothers, 1 sister, and is the son of Angel and Michael Manuel Sr.