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

The all-time wins leader in Viking Football history, Dennis McCulloch will mark his 24th year at Valley City State and his 21st as head football coach during the 2017 season. He also serves as assistant athletic director.

Over his time as head coach, McCulloch has guided the Vikings to a 120-83 record, six conference championships and four NAIA playoff appearances. He has been named conference Coach of the Year six times in his career. In McCulloch's tenure, 16 Vikings have earned NAIA All-American honors while 45 players have been named NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

McCulloch won his 117th game on Oct. 15, 2016, passing VCSU Hall of Fame coach Jim Dew (116 victories) for the most wins in program history. McCulloch is currently 10th on the active list of all-time winningest NAIA coaches.

The 2016 season saw the Vikings finish with a 6-4 overall record and a 4-2 record in conference play, finishing second in the NSAA standings. The Vikings won two games against Top 25 teams, including a 17-13 victory at No. 14-ranked Southeastern University (Fla.) to end the season. Viking quarterback Kurtis Walls and linebacker Nicholas McBeain both rewrote the Viking record books during the 2016 season, setting new career records in most of the major passing and tackling categories. McBeain was named 2nd Team All American at linebacker.

McCulloch's team finished the 2015 season 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.

 
2017 Football Roster
Roster for 2017 Football Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrevious School
2Jalen PfeiferFRQB6-1188Rolette, N.D.
3Travon SmithSODB6-3194Phoenix, Ariz.
4Tyler HowellJRWR5-11190Soldotna, AlaskaRidgewater CC
5Eli LunaSOWR5-8169Towner, N.D.
6Anthony LoganSRRB5-9185San Jose, Calif.De Anza College
7Jerrod WilliamsonFRDB5-9161Upper Marlboro, Md.
8Jesus MunozSRDB6-0186Rialto, Calif.
9Max RaceFRQB6-0197Cedarburg, Wisc.
10Louis QuinonesSORB5-9176Colorado Springs, Colo.
11Jake PetersonSOWR6-4198Larimore, N.D.
13Kellen KesslerSOWR6-0170Holloway, Minn.
14Levi HirschkornFRQB5-11175LaMoure, N.D.
15Andrew HanrettySODB6-0175St. John, N.D.
16Kiefer LanganJRQB6-1212St. John, N.D.
17DJ EdwardsSRWR6-1185Phoenix, Ariz.
18Carter ZetochaSOWR6-0185Oakes, N.D.
19Harrison HammelSOK6-0182Valley City, N.D.
21Nick GrothSRWR/LS5-11207Detroit Lakes, Minn.
22Riley FredricksonSOLB6-1208Wasilla, Alaska
22Joshua McKnightFRRB5-10158New Rockford, N.D.
23Zackary SchmidtJRWR5-10189Flasher, N.D.
24Gavin KoldenJRDB5-11201Watertown, S.D.
25Raymonte MaynardJRRB5-10245Richfield, Minn.Rochester Community & Tech College
26Jason StewartFRRB5-7186Richfield, Minn.
27Hunter OlsonFRLB6-2194Dawson, Minn.
28Caid CombsFRWR5-7177Buffalo, N.D.
28Ryan DurkaFRDB5-9192Anchorage, Alaska
29Blake RileyFRDB5-11168Soldotna, AKEastern Oregon
30Brandon EltonFRDB5-10172Beulah, N.D.
30Brett RalphFRDB5-8155Williston, N.D.
31Kendrick LenzenFRLB5-11210Hankinson, N.D.
33Dominic KruseSOLB6-0210Thief River Falls, Minn.
34Austin EricksonSODL6-3229Devils Lake, N.D.
35Matthew KrizanFRWR5-9182Beulah, N.D.U of Mary
36Sean BeilkeFRWR6-2185Buffalo, N.D.
37Jaylen BarnesFRRB5-6158Yuma, Ariz.
38Jay MirandaFRRB5-10193Kodiak, Alaska
39Drew JacobsonFRRB5-9222Valley City, N.D.
40Isaac YturraldeJRDB5-10182El Paso, Texas
41Damion Scandrick IIFRDB6-2206Wahiawa, Hawaii
42Dustin LindgrenJRRB5-9202Valley City, N.D.
43Darius GravesJRDL6-1240Colorado Springs, Colo.
44Tyler MasatJRDL6-0250Redfield, S.D.
45Evan EriksmoenFRRB5-7203Crosby, N.D.
46Hunter SlemmonsJRDL6-0225Fargo, N.D.
47Tanner KesselJRLB5-9219Steele, N.D.
48Nicholas McBeainSRLB6-1238Shakopee, Minn.
49Tate EngetFRRB5-6163Powers Lake, N.D.
49Jaratt Kaopuiki-OtaFRDB5-8132Mililani, Hawaii
50Steven LopezFRLB5-10212El Paso, Texas
51Ryan PoehlsFRLB6-0185Sabin, Minn.
52DeForrest NelsonSOLB6-0224Hitterdal, Minn.
53John LeeFRLB5-10211Sharon, N.D.
54Lavontae CarlisleFRDL6-2208Minneapolis, Minn.
55Austin BollerFRLB6-0250Willmar, Minn.
57PJ PetersonSROL6-3277Larimore, N.D.
58Rhett SievertsFRLB6-0210Seward, Alaska
59Drew AronsonSOLB5-10211Crary, N.D.
60Damian PersonFRDL6-0262Saskatoon, Sask.
62Ryan WharryFROL5-11265Palmer, Alaska
63Carl WilliamsSROL6-6282Belgrade, Minn.Ridgewater CC
64Brady MathenySODL6-0272Lisbon, N.D.
65Hayden SturdevantJROL5-11262Perham, Minn.
66JohnL JonesJROL6-2357Fridley, Minn.MN State - Fergus Falls
67Berkley SantosFRDL6-2282Lansford, N.D.
68Brady SchockFROL6-3280Mandan, N.D.
70Dahlton WasankariJROL6-0291Wasilla, Alaska
71Tyler SmithFRDL6-6254Parkers Prairie, Minn.
72Cole KellySOOL6-1315Oakes, N.D.
73Tony Ilaoa-Sa'oFRDL6-0318Anchorage, Alaska
74Zachary CoFROL5-11305El Paso, TX
75Avery LockSROL6-4280Sunrise, Fla.
76Carter BuelowFROL6-4364Grand Forks, N.D.U of Mary
77Hunter CarlsonFROL6-4277Staples, Minn.
78Dalton JorgensonSOOL6-1302Halstad, Minn.
79Jared MendozaFROL6-1307El Paso, Texas
80Justin JonesFRWR6-1198Chandler, Ariz.
81Alix WisnewskiFRTE6-1225Geneseo, N.D.
82Tayler LentzSRTE6-2230Valley City, N.D.
83Chance BrennoFRTE5-11234New Rockford, N.D.
84Tyler UkestadJRWR6-2198Jamestown, N.D.
85Jorun HamreFRTE6-3241Enderlin, N.D.
86Triston ShipleyFRTE6-5217Jamestown, N.D.
88Marc WagnerJRTE6-4238Jamestown, N.D.
91Tafua MataeleFRDL5-10324Milpitas, Calif.
92Trevor PedutoFRDL6-2238Brandon, Vt.
93Dakota JohnsonSODL5-10239Minot, N.D.
94Marshall LeRoyFRDL6-1264Underwood, N.D.
95Landon ArredondoSOK5-10201Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
96Cooper SantFRDL6-1220Palmer, Alaska
97Joshua BanksFRDL5-11325Mililani, Hawaii
99Louis RussellFRDL6-0318Willmar, Minn.
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