Dave Rausch Image
Assistant Coach - 31st Season
Alma Mater: Valley City State University

How does an individual become an icon? Well, the progression is something like this: become a starting linebacker, become an All-American, lead your team to an undefeated 9-0 season, be named All-American again, join the coaching staff, become inducted into the VCSU Vikings Hall of Fame, and have your number retired. The icon in reference here is Dave Rausch. “Rouper” has been involved with the Vikings for more than 30 years as a player, supporter, and coach.

The West Fargo native came to VCSU in the fall of 1974. Dave earned All-American honors as a linebacker for the Vikings in 1976 and 1977. During the 1976 season, Rausch helped lead VCSU to an undefeated 9-0 season and a trip to the NAIA playoffs. That same year, Rausch logged 122 assisted tackles which stood for many years as the top single season performance of all time at VCSU. Rausch’s 163 total tackles in 1976 places him third all-time for total season tackles. He logged 147 total tackles in 1977, and from a total career perspective, Rausch is fifth all-time with 310 total tackles and second all time with 230 assisted tackles. Under his coaching guidance, Rouper saw linebackers Ben Aarestad, Josh Kasowski, Kevin Strang and most recently Nicholas McBeain break his school record for tackles in a career eclipsing his record of 310.

Rausch would graduate from VCSU in 1978. He took employment at Grotberg Electric where he was an accountant until 1997. Shortly after his departure from Grotberg, Rausch opened his own branch of Raymond James Financial Services Incorporated. In 1986, Rausch also began roaming the sidelines for the Vikings coaching linebackers. The 2017 season will be Raush's 32nd with the Viking coaching staff. In addition, Rausch was inducted into the VCSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988.

His coaching tenure has gone through three coaching changes. Coach Jim Dew, who Rausch played for, was the first head coach “Roop” experienced. Dew, the second winningest coach in Viking history said, “Dave Rausch is the most dedicated athlete I have ever coached. A leader on and off the field, Dave benched 410 lbs. the first day of practice in 1977. That year he was first team All-American linebacker and the first Defensive Player of the Week ever selected by the NAIA. I think you could truly say that Dave Rausch has devoted his life to Viking Athletics by giving his time, talents and resources over the past 30-plus years.”

Dennis McCulloch inherited the infectious Dave Rausch as part of his staff in 1997. “Every day we are blessed to have Coach Rausch’s energy and dedication within our program. Whenever I think of Viking Pride, I think of “Roop”, said McCulloch.

In a ceremony on September 28, 2007, Dave Rausch became the first VCSU Football player to ever have his jersey retired. He is also heavily involved  the VCSU Football alumni club – The Oarsmen – that is responsible for raising thousands of dollars each year for football scholarships.

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.
56Sully BreckheimerSOLB5-10218Luverne, N.D.Minnesota-Crookston
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.
89Mitchell WynnFRTE6-1201Pine River, Minn.
91Tafua MataeleFRDL5-10324Milpitas, Calif.
92Trevor PedutoFRDL6-2238Brandon, Vt.
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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