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Football - Fri, Jul. 28, 2017

Valley City State University head football coach Dennis McCulloch has announced changes to the Viking coaching staff for the 2017 season.

Longtime offensive coach John O'Day has resigned to take a job in the Northern Cass Public School system. O'Day spent six years on the Viking coaching staff, including the last three as offensive coordinator and strength and conditioning coach.

"It's tough to say goodbye to Coach O'Day, who has been a part of our staff for the past six years," said McCulloch. "He has been an integral part of our offense over those years as our receivers coach and most recently our offensive coordinator. We will also miss him in our weight room where he has been our strength and conditioning coach and has done a great job of preparing our guys to play at a high level."

With O'Day's departure, McCulloch announced that quarterbacks coach Erik Matth has been promoted to offensive coordinator. He will continue to coach the quarterbacks. Matth is in his second year at VCSU after joining the staff as an offensive assistant last season. He previously worked two years as the offensive coordinator for Concordia University in Ann Harbor, Mich.

"We're excited to announce that Coach Matth has been promoted to offensive coordinator," said McCulloch. "I know that he and Jason Kremer, our offensive line coach, have great experience running an offense. I have great confidence that our offense will not lose a step."

Chad Smith has been hired as an offensive assistant coach where he will coach the receivers and take over the strength and conditioning duties. Smith most recently worked as defensive line coach and director of football operations for the Bismarck Bucks professional indoor team in Bismarck, N.D. Prior to that he spent time in the collegiate game on the coaching staffs at University of Mary and Rocky Mountain College. He played college football for Rocky Mountain College.

The Vikings also announced the addition of two new graduate assistants. Former graduate assistant Nate Pecoraro has accepted a high school coaching position in Florida.

Brandon Bouma is joining the staff as a graduate assistant. Bouma recently completed his undergraduate education and playing career at Presentation College in Aberdeen, S.D. He will work on the offensive side of the ball, primarily with the running backs.

Jacob Crawford is also joining the Vikings this season as a graduate assistant. Crawford played college football at Montana Tech of the University of Montana, where he recently completed his undergraduate degree. McCulloch said Crawford will take over as defensive line coach.

Valley City State University is coming off a 6-4 record last season, which included two victories over Top 25 teams. The Vikings are scheduled to open the 2017 on Sept. 2 with a home game against Dickinson State University. VCSU's football student-athletes return for fall practice on Aug. 10.