Dennis McCulloch begins his 23rd year at Valley City State and his 20th 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 113-80 record, six conference championships and four NAIA playoff appearances. He has been named conference Coach of the Year six times in his career.

McCulloch enters the 2016 season second on the Viking football all-time victory list behind only VCSU Hall of Fame coach Jim Dew's 116 career victories.

In McCulloch's tenure, 15 Vikings have earned NAIA All-American honors while 40 players have been named NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Last season, McCulloch's team finished with a 7-3 overall record and a 4-2 mark in conference play. VCSU finished second in the NSAA standings, ending a run of four straight conference titles.

In 2014, McCulloch led the Vikings to a 6-0 record in the North Star Athletic Association, an outright conference title and an NAIA playoff appearance. It was the fourth straight conference title for the Vikings, and McCulloch was voted conference Coach of the Year for the fourth season in a row. VCSU finished 2014 with a 9-2 overall record, losing to No. 1-ranked Carroll College in the opening round of the playoffs. VCSU finished the season ranked No. 16 in the nation.

McCulloch won his 100th career game on Sept. 20, 2014, with a 33-21 victory at Dickinson State University.

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, a VCSU student.

 
2016 Football Roster
Roster for 2016 Football Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrevious School
Evan EriksmoenFRFB5-8200Crosby, N.D,
Sean GlaholtFRLB5-10175Beulah, N.D.
Dillon KnudsonFROL5-11225Casselton, N.D.
Taylor OrrFRRB6-1175Jamestown, N.D.
Jaylon SibleyFRWR6-1172Colorado Springs, Colo.
2Jalen Pfeifer*FRQB6-1178Rolette, ND
3Travon SmithFRDB6-3195Phoenix, Ariz.
5Eli LunaFRWR5-7157Towner, N.D.
6Anthony LoganJRRB5-8190San Jose, CADe Anza College
7AJ PotterSRLB6-2215Monticello, Minn.
8Jesus MunozJRDB6-0185Rialto, Calif.
9Max RaceFRQB5-11203Cedarburg, WI
10DJ EdwardsJRWR6-1177Phoenix, Ariz.
11Jake PetersonFRWR6-4195Larimore, N.D.
12Colby LumSRWR5-9178Mililani, Hawaii
13Caid CombsFRWR5-7165Buffalo, ND
14Kurtis WallsSRQB6-4206Laveen, Ariz.
15Andrew HanrettyFRWR6-0168St. John, N.D.
16Kiefer LanganSOQB6-1209St. John, N.D.
17Joshua TovarSRWR6-4205El Paso, Texas
18Mychael BruceSRDB6-1184San Tan Valley, Ariz
19Harrison HammelFRK6-0173Valley City, N.D.
20Beau WinchesterSRDB5-9178Mililani, Hawaii
21Nick GrothSRLS/WR5-11195Detroit Lakes, Minn.
22Riley FredricksonSOLB6-0206Wasilla, Alaska
23Zackary SchmidtSOWR5-10186Flasher, N.D.
24Gavin KoldenSODB5-11196Watertown, S.D.
25Andre PeppersSRDB6-0165Colorado Springs, Colo.
26Jacob DuilioSRRB5-9215Portland, Oreg.College of the Redwoods
28Kellen KesslerFRWR5-11165Appleton, Minn.
29Mitchell MartinezSOWR5-7199North Pole, Alaska
30Brandon EltonFRDB5-9165Beulah, ND
31Jawuan PughSRDB5-10201Surprise, Ariz.
32Fabian PelayoFRDB5-9166Fairbanks, AK
33Dominic KruseFRLB6-0207Thief River Falls, Minn.
34Austin EricksonFRDL6-3226Devils Lake, N.D.
35Isaiah TivisFRDB5-9158Colorado Springs, CO
36Louis QuinonesFRRB5-9175Colorado Springs, CO
37Jerrod WilliamsonFRDB5-9158Upper Marlboro, MD
38Caleb VelezFRDB5-8180Eielson AFB, AK
39Ben BruenjesSRLB6-0212West Fargo, N.D.
40Isaac YturraldeSODB5-10179El Paso, Texas
41Hunter OlsonFRDB6-1181Dawson, MN
42Dustin LindgrenSOFB5-9197Valley City, N.D.
43Darius GravesSODL6-1240Colorado Springs, Colo.
44Tyler MasatSODL6-0244Redfield, S.D.
46Hunter SlemmonsSODL6-0214Fargo, N.D.
47Tanner KesselSOLB5-10211Steele, N.D.
48Nicholas McBeainJRLB6-1240Shakopee, Minn.
50Steven LopezFRLB5-10223El Paso, TX
51Austin RinasSOOL6-2245Bisbee, N.D.
52DeForrest NelsonFRLB6-0220Hitterdal, Minn.
53Jesse NeremFRLB5-11178Surrey, ND
57PJ PetersonJROL6-2268Larimore, N.D.
58Kendrick LenzenFRLB5-10196Hankinson, ND
59Drew AronsonFRLB5-10204Crary, N.D.
60Jorun HamreFROL6-3238Enderlin, ND
61Jacey DuttenhefnerFROL6-5250Beulah, ND
62Ryan WharryFROL5-10264Wasilla, AK
63Carl WilliamsJROL6-6265Belgrade, MNRidgewater CC
64Brady MathenyFRDL6-1267Lisbon, N.D.
65Hayden SturdevantSOOL5-11269Perham, Minn.
66Logan OlesenSROL6-2250Brooklyn Park, Minn.
67Danny NewtonFROL6-1288Papillion, Neb.
68Brady SchockFROL6-2280Mandan, ND
69Alec BinstockFRDL5-7223Prior Lake, MN
70Dahlton WasankariSOOL6-0265Wasilla, Alaska
72Cole KellyFROL6-1294Oakes, N.D.
74Curtis BriskJROL6-0293Pierz, Minn.Central Lakes College
75Avery LockJROL6-4290Sunrise, Fla.
76Damian PersonFRDL5-11256Saskatoon, SK
78Dalton JorgensonFROL6-0298Halstad, Minn.
79Austin BrouilletteSROL6-1265St. Michael, Minn.M State - Fergus Falls
80Justin JonesFRWR6-1185Chandler, AZ
82Tayler LentzJRTE6-2232Valley City, N.D.
83Carter ZetochaFRWR6-0183Oakes, N.D.
84Tyler UkestadSOWR6-2191Jamestown, N.D.
86Tyler HowellJRWR5-11185Soldotna, AKRidgewater CC
88Marc WagnerSOTE6-3228Jamestown, N.D.
89John LundFRTE6-2250Staples, MN
90Austin RamosFRDL6-0265Breckenridge, MN
91Tafua MataeleFRDL5-10336Milpitas, CA
92Trevor PedutoFRDL6-2220Brandon, VT
93Dakota JohnsonFRDL5-10239Minot, N.D.
94Harvey McMahonSRDL6-2253Dent, Minn.
95Landon ArredondoFRK5-10201Rancho Cucamonga, CA
96Dalton LockeSRDL5-10290Groton, S.D.
97Jake AndersonFRDL6-2254Little Falls, Minn.
98Riley GerdingFRDL5-10216Mandan, ND
99Sam CookeSRDL5-7284Cleveland, Ohio
* Redshirt
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