Viking Football Coaching Staff
Paul Troth - Head Coach
Coach Paul Troth came to Missouri Valley from Huron University in South Dakota in 2002. The eighth head coach in MVCís history, Coach Troth has 23 years of coaching experience with 17 of those at the collegiate level. In his first year at Missouri Valley, Coach Troth started the season 4-0 and led the Vikings to an 8-2 overall record. The Vikings ended in a three-way tie for second place in the Heart of America Athletic Conference, and cracked the national ratings for the first time in four years. American Football Monthly magazine named Coach Troth the 2002 Schutt Sports NAIA Coach of the Year. In 2006, Coach Troth led the Vikings to a 13-1 overall record, an HAAC championship, an NAIA national semifinal playoff game and a final NAIA #3 national ranking. Coach Troth was named HAAC Coach-of-the-Year and American Football Coaches Association Region III Coach-of-the-Year. In 2007, Coach Troth led the Vikings to a 10-3 overall record and another NAIA national semifinal playoff game and a final NAIA #3 national ranking. Coach Troth was named American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Region III Coach-of-the-Year in 2007. In 2012 the Vikings finished with a perfect regular season record at 10-0 winning their second straight HAAC Championship climbing to #2 NAIA National ranking, the highest ranking in program history. The Vikings also qualified for the NAIA Football Championship Series advancing to the semifinals. Troth was named the HAAC Coach of the Year and the AFCA Region III Coach of the Year. Troth gave much of the credit for his award to his staff and their hard work and overall dedication to the MVC program. Coach Troth has guided the Vikings to five NAIA Championship Series appearances (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012), and has won or shared tthree HAAC championships. While at Huron University Coach Troth lead his teams to three NAIA playoffs which included a trip to the 1998 final four, and the 2000 quarterfinals.
Coach Trothís 2000 team shared the Dakota Conference Championship, and in 1999 Coach Troth earned Dakota Conference coach of the year honors. Coach Troth left Huron University with a 38-18 (.679 winning percentage) coaching record. In his career, Coach Troth has developed 29 academic all-Americans, and 12 football all-Americans. Coach Troth is holds a bachelorís degree from William Jewell College and a masterís degree from the University of Memphis, and has taken an impressive path to become one of the top coaches in the nation. Trothís previous stops (1985-1997) before Huron University include, Lambuth University (Tenn.), University of St. Thomas (Minn.), William Jewell College, and an overseas head coaching positions in Amsterdam, Holland, and Paris, France. During that time Coach Troth accumulated many coaching accolades that include five conference championships, three playoff appearances, offensive coordinator of the year award, two European championships, and six national championships. Coach Troth lives in Marshall with his wife, Heather, his daughters, Kelsey, Keegan,and Karson, and his son, Palmer.
Aaron Christensen - Offensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator
Aaron Christensen joined the Vikings football staff in 2004, serving as the receivers coach since 2005. Before arriving at Valley, Coach Christensen attended Huron University where he played two seasons for Coach Paul Troth as a tight end and earned all-conference honors and two seasons as the tight ends coach. Prior to Huron, Christensen played at San Jose City College near his hometown of Hayward, Calif. Coach Christensen earned his bachelor’s degree in business management at Huron University in 2004. He completed his master’s degree in business management through Lindenwood University in 2006. He resides in Marshall, with his wife Jolene, the Missouri Valley head women’s basketball coach.
Monty Roe - Assistant Head Coach/ Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
Coach Monty Roe came to MVC in 2005 as defensive coordinator for the MVC Vikings. In 2005, 2006, 2009 & 2010, Coach Roeís defense led the NAIA verses the rush, and led the Nation in pass defense in 2011. Also 2011, the Viking defense finished 2nd in the Nation in total team defense and 4th in the Nation in scoring defense and rush defense. Coach Roe joined the Viking staff after spending five seasons as defensive coordinator at Wayne State College (Neb.). During his time at Wayne State his 2002 defense ranked third in total defense in the Northern Sun Conference, and he had the opportunity to coach seven all-conference players. Prior to Wayne State, Coach Roe was the defensive coordinator (1998-99) at Dakota State University where his 1998 defensive was ranked fourth nationally in total defense. Coach Roe spent the 1996 & 1997 seasons at the University of Nebraska-Kearney as a graduate assistant coaching the defensive line and outside linebackers, and the 1994 and 1995 seasons at the University of Sioux Falls as linebacker coach. During his playing career Coach Roe was a three-year letter winner at South Dakota State University where he played middle linebacker and defensive end. Coach Roe transferred to the University of Sioux Falls for his senior season and was named team captain, defensive team MVP, and all-conference honorable mention. Coach Roe received his bachelorís degree in health and physical education from South Dakota State University in 1994 and his masterís degree in adaptive physical education from the University of Nebraska-Kearney in 1997. Coach Roe resides in Marshall with his daughters, Elissa, Carlie and Payden.
Bryan Hiller - Offensive Line Coach
Coach Bryan Hiller joins the Missouri Valley College Viking Football program in 2012 as the offensive line coach after serving the last five years as the offensive line coach, strength and conditioning coach and recruiting coordinator at Culver-Stockton College Canton, Mo. While at C-SC, Coach Hiller recruited 9 all conference players and coached 6 all conference offensive linemen. Prior to his time at C-SC, Coach Hiller was the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Winona (Minn.) State University from 1998-06. During his tenure at Winona State, he also served as the co-offensive coordinator from 2000-02, assistant offensive coordinator from 2002-06 and successfully recruited 27 all conference players, 9 all-Americans, and coached 20 all conference offensive linemen and 7 all-American offensive linemen. He coached WSU offensive lineman, Nick Urban, who later signed with the Minnesota Vikings, blocked for Kevin Curtin, two time Harlon Hill finalist and WSU all-time leading rusher and coached WSU offensive Lineman, Marcus Greatens, the Glen Galligan Award winner.
Coach Hiller served as a guest coach in the Canadian Football League (C.F.L.) with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 2006-08 with the offensive line, working with Coach Mike Gibson and Coach Bob Wylie. He also served as an offensive line coach in the Division II/III All American Game in Minneapolis, MN in 2010.
Coach Hiller was a graduate assistant at the University of Minnesota under Jim Wacker and Glen Mason from 1996-98. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1996, and masters of education degree in kinesiology from the University of Minnesota in 1998. Coach Hiller resides in Marshall with his wife, Jennifer, and their son, Brock.
Denny Honnold - Defensive Backs Coach/Strength & Conditioning Coordinator
Coach Honnold has been a part of the Viking football staff since 2008, working with the defensive backs as well as serving as the teams’ strength and conditioning coordinator. In 2011, the Viking defense led the nation in pass defense, along with finishing 2nd in total defense, and 4th in scoring defense. Prior to MVC, Coach Honnold spent two years as a graduate assistant coach at St. Cloud State University (Minn.) graduating with a masterís degree in sports management. During his time at SCSU, he coached the running backs and the defensive secondary. Honnold is a 2003 graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in exercise and sports science. In 2005, he was an assistant football coach, head strength and conditioning coach, recruiting coordinator and head resident at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa. In addition to his coaching skills, Honnold has a strong background in strength and conditioning as he was an intern in the Arizona State University Sport Enhancement program in the spring of 2003, and was an Olympic sports assistant strength and conditioning coach at Iowa State University from 2000 to 2003. Denny resides in Marshall.
Barry Rave - Special Teams Coordinator/ Defensive Line Coach
Coach Rave has been part of the MVC coaching staff since 2008, and is the special teams and defensive line coach after coaching one season as the linebackers coach. In his four seasons at MVC, out of 13 staring positions, 12 student-athletes have been named all-conference and four have received all-American honors. Coach Rave comes to MVC from Dakota State University in Madison, S.D. In four seasons with DSU, Coach Rave served as the defensive coordinator, special teams coordinator, recruiting coordinator and camp coordinator. Coach Rave also worked with both the defensive line (three years) and the linebackers (one year) in his four years at Madison. In three seasons serving as DSUís defensive line coach and special teams coordinator, Coach Rave produced four all-conference performers and one NAIA football.net all-American. A native of Dell Rapids, S.D., Coach Rave graduated from South Dakota State University with a bachelorís degree in HPER and a minor in recreation, and recently graduated with a masterís degree in education technology from Dakota State University. Prior to Dakota State, he served as a student assistant coach at South Dakota State University from 1999 to 2002. While at SDSU, Coach Rave assisted with the defensive line, linebackers, and various special teams. Barry, and his wife, Courtney, reside in Marshall.
Justice Clegg - Assistant Linebackers/Defensive Backs Coach
Justice Clegg joined the Viking football staff in 2011, serving as the assistant linebackers coach and defensive graduate assistant. Before arriving at Missouri Valley College, Coach Clegg was the defensive line coach at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill. Coach Clegg helped coach two defensive all-conference players at MacMurray College.
A native of Lompoc, Calif., Clegg played at Dixie State Junior College (Utah) before transferring to Upper Iowa University (UIU) where he was a three-year starter on the offensive line. Coach Clegg received his bachelor’s degree in fitness and wellness in 2009 from UIU. Justice is currently working on his Master of Science in sports management from the Missouri Baptist University.
John McEachern - Assistant Offensive Line Coach
Coach John McEachern enters his first year as an assistant football coach at Missouri Valley College. McEachern graduated from East Texas Baptist University (ETBU) in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. While at ETBU, he was a four-year letterman in baseball, four-year team captain, and made all conference pitcher during his final two seasons. After graduation, Coach McEachern spent 17 years coaching football and baseball in Texas. His teams were in the playoffs 10 of those years with a span of six consecutive years going to the state quarter finals and twice to the state semi-final games. He has had great success with over 20 of his players making the all-state teams in their respective divisions. In 1994, Coach McEachern tried-out and made the Corpus Christi Barracudas Independent League baseball team. The team won the league championship that year with McEachern as one of the starting pitchers. McEachern earned his master's degree in education administration and his specialist degree from Texas A&M- Commerce.
He and his wife of 20 years, Shelley, live in Slater with their children, Kaylee who is a senior in high school, and son Braiden who is in sixth grade.
David Daleen - Assistant Tight Ends Coach/Equipment Manager
David Daleen is beginning his third season with the Viking football program. This year, along with team equipment manager, he has also picked up the duty of assistant tight ends coach. Before coming to Missouri Valley, Coach Daleen spent two years as a student at Lindenwood University and was a three year coach/player for the semi-pro St. Charles Cyclones football team. Coach Daleen is currently working on his bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and a minor in the classics at Missouri Valley College. He and his wife, Clare, reside in Marshall with their son, Mephi.