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Vikings
DennisMcCulloch
Head Coach - 21st Season
Alma Mater: Northern State University
Phone: 701-845-7425
 

Dennis McCulloch begins his 21st year at Valley City State and his 18th as head football coach this fall. He also serves as assistant athletic director.

Over his time as head coach, McCulloch has guided the Vikings to a 97-75 record, five conference championships and three NAIA playoff appearances. He has been named conference Coach of the Year five times in his career.

In McCulloch's tenure, 15 Vikings have earned NAIA All-American honors while 36 players have been named NAIA Scholar-Athletes. McCulloch enters the 2014 season second on the all-time victory list behind only VCSU Hall of Fame coach Jim Dew's 116 career victories.

In 2013, McCulloch led the Vikings to a share of the inaugural North Star Athletic Association conference championship. The Vikings went 3-1 in conference play and were 5-5 overall. Senior running back Derek Elliott broke or tied at least 13 school records during the 2013 season and was named First Team All American by the nation’s coaches. McCulloch was voted conference Coach of the Year for the third year in a row in 2013.

In 2012, McCulloch guided the Vikings to a 7-3 record, and the A.I.I. Conference Title. VCSU was ranked No. 24 in the country in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches' Postseason Poll. McCulloch was voted A.I.I. Coach of the Year by his peers in 2012.

The Vikings finished the 2011 campaign 9-2, and qualified for the NAIA National Playoffs for the third time under Coach McCulloch. After posting nine straight victories, the Vikings finished the regular season ranked No. 12 in the country. Coach McCulloch also added another DAC championship to his tenure finishing 6-0 in the conference, and he was named Coach of the Year.

The 2005 Vikings captured the Dakota Athletic Conference crown by posting a 6-1 conference record – sharing the title with Dickinson State. McCulloch earned DAC Coach of the Year honors in 2005.

McCulloch's 2000 and 2001 Vikings completed impressive 9-2 seasons, capturing a share of the 2000 DAC-10 championship and making the NAIA National Playoffs in both seasons. As a result of his efforts, McCulloch was named the DAC-10 Coach of the Year in 2000.

Prior to becoming the head coach, McCulloch compiled a 9-1 regular season record and a NDCAC championship in his third season as the defensive coordinator with the Vikings in 1996.

A native of Milbank, S.D., McCulloch received his Bachelor's Degree from Northern State and went on to receive his Master of Science Degree from NSU in 1989. In McCulloch's time at Northern State, he developed a diverse background of experience while coaching linebackers, defensive line, defensive backs and working as the recruiting coordinator.

In 1993, McCulloch became the head football coach at Frazee (Minn.) High School and before coming to VCSU as the defensive coordinator in 1994. McCulloch's 1996 defense finished the season ranked No. 2 in NAIA scoring defense, captured a conference championship and qualified for the NAIA Playoffs.

McCulloch became the 22nd head football coach in Valley City State history in December of 1996.

Dennis and his wife Lisa, have three children: Ryan, a VCSU and NDSU alum; Meghan, a VCSU alum; and Alexa.

 
2014 Football Roster
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrevious School
2Ethen PrestonSOLB6-0225Tower City, N.D.
3Josh HansanaJRQB6-2190Gwinner, N.D.
4Zach JohnsonJRWR5-10191Moorhead, Minn.
5Steven WrightSRDB5-9175North Pole, Alaska
6Antoine GriffinFRWR5-11150Cocoa Beach, Fla.
7Demondre BolerSRWR6-1197Vallejo, Calif.
8Pathen AsuncionSRDB5-10183Waipahu, Hawaii
9Beau WinchesterSODB5-8178Mililani, Hawaii
10Thomas CortesSRK6-0191Kihei, Hawaii
11PJ PetersonFRDL6-2243Larimore, N.D.
12Colby LumJRWR5-7173Mililani, Hawaii
13Justan TaliaferroJRQB5-10183Detroit, Mich.
14Kurtis WallsSOQB6-3201Laveen, Ariz.
15Sam FoothFRWR6-0170Everett, Wash.
16Kiefer LanganFRQB6-1194St. John, N.D.
17Zach McBeainSRDL6-1246Shakopee, Minn.
18Mychael BruceSODB6-1189Florence, Ariz.
19Shamar OrtizFRQB5-10206Whittier, Calif.
20Ian KellerSRRB5-9188Towner, N.D.
21Marvin ConleyFRDB5-10175Cocoa Beach, Fla.
22Kevin DuvisienFRLB5-10193Houston, Texas
23Tramari EaleyFRDB6-0161Avondale, Ariz.
24Antoine RutledgeFRRB6-0232Melbourne, Fla.
25Andre PeppersSODB6-0171Colorado Springs, Colo.
26Stevenson StlouisSODB5-9174Miami, Fla.
27Chris BrogdonFRDB5-10160Aneta, N.D.
28Trevor GoertsSRRB5-8205Casselton, N.D.
29Justin ErbyJRDB5-6160Sacramento, Calif.
30Garrett SteinFRLB5-10190Hankinson, N.D.
31Jawuan PughSODB5-10198Surprise, Ariz.
32Tate AronsonJRRB5-8193Crary, N.D.
33Lenzel KoskelaFRDB5-8178Plymouth, Minn.
34Austin EricksonFRDL6-4217Devils Lake, N.D.
35Demetrius GravesFRRB5-11217Colorado Springs, Colo.
36Chanzce JonesFRLB5-8176Houston, Texas
37Dusty NullSOLB6-1205West Fargo, N.D.
38Marquise RayfordFRDB6-0176Anchorage, Alaska
39Ben BruenjesSOLB6-1206West Fargo, N.D.
40Darius GravesFRDL6-1202Colorado Springs, Colo.
41William GerntholzFRDB6-0165Sanborn, N.D.
42Dustin LindgrenFRFB5-9190Valley City, N.D.
43Brandon SellersFRRB5-6200Laveen, Ariz.
44Tyler MasatFRLB6-0218Redfield, S.D.
45Khalil StewardFRDB6-1180Fairbanks, Alaska
46Hunter SlemmonsFRLB6-0211Fargo, N.D.
47Austin RichterFRDB5-8158Walker, Minn.
48Nick McBeainFRLB6-0219Shakopee, Minn.
49Isaac YturraldeFRDB5-11165El Paso, Texas
50Nick GrothFRLS5-11164Detroit Lakes, Minn.
51Austin RinasFRDL6-2221Bisbee, N.D.
52Daniel IngebrandFRLB6-2250Perham, Minn.
53Pat VeitFRLB5-9189Hankinson, N.D.
54Tayler LentzFRLB6-2214Valley City, N.D.
55Max KollarFRDL6-1194Underwood, N.D.
56Tanner KesselFRLB5-10217Steele, N.D.
57AJ PotterSOLB6-2222Monticello, Minn.
58Joshua HendricksFRLB5-11193Laveen, Ariz.
59Riley FredricksonFRLB6-1190Wasilla, Alaska
60Thomas TabattFROL6-6296Little Falls, Minn.
61Grayson MartyFRTE5-11180Rolla, N.D.
63Lex TandeSOOL6-3257Battleview, N.D.
64Carlos JacoboFROL6-2269Rialto, Calif.
65Hayden SturdevantFROL5-11255Perham, Minn.
66Logan OlesenFRDL6-2234Brooklyn Park, Minn.
67George TrujilloSROL6-2263El Paso, Texas
68Spencer TurckFROL6-6230Devils Lake, N.D.
69Gustavo RamirezSROL6-2292Morgan Hill, Calif.
71Trenton McCloudFROL6-2250Rolla, N.D.
72Mark MurraySROL6-1272Superior, Wis.
74Douglas Kema IIIFROL5-11255Ewa Beach, Hawaii
75Avery LockFROL6-3277Sunrise, Fla.
77Landon FreitasJROL6-2274Mililani, Hawaii
80Jesus MunozFRWR6-0179Rialto, Calif.
81Danny HangaardJRTE6-3266Hankinson, N.D.
82Zackary SchmidtFRWR5-10153Flasher, N.D.
83Devin ArpFRTE6-4197Cogswell, N.D.
84Tyler UkestadFRWR6-2177Jamestown, N.D.
85DeJhon EdwardsFRWR6-1171Phoenix, Ariz.
86Jake MillerSRTE6-2229Rolla, N.D.
87Mark ZinkeJRTE6-1237Mandan, N.D.
88Marc WagnerFRTE6-4245Jamestown, N.D.
89Mitchel MartinezFRWR5-9156North Pole, Alaska
90Cody HornFRTE5-11220Jamestown, N.D.
92Nick MartinFRDL6-1230St. John, N.D.
94Harvey McMahonSODL6-2250Dent, Minn.
96Dalton LockeSODL5-10295Groton, S.D.
97Isaiah OsorioSODL6-0297Whittier, Calif.
99Sam CookeSODL5-7259Cleveland, Ohio
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