Viking Football Coaching Staff
Paul Troth - Head Coach
Head Coach Paul Troth came to Missouri Valley College from Huron University in South Dakota in 2002. The eighth head coach in MVC’s history, Coach Troth has 24 years of coaching experience with 18 of those at the collegiate level. In his first year at Missouri Valley, Coach Troth led the Vikings to a 9-2 overall record, which included a Heart of America Athletic Conference championship, and an appearance in the NAIA Championship Series. 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. 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 led the Vikings to the NAIA Championship Series in 2009 and 2011, and won his second HAAC title in 2011. In 2012 the VIkings finished the regular season 10-0, capturing their second-straight HAAC title, and achieved a No. 2 ranking. Coach Troth led MVC to two home playoff wins, and a third appearance in the NAIA Championship Series secmifinal. Following the 2012 season Coach Troth was named the HAAC’s Coach-of-the--Year, and was named the AFCA Region III Coach-of-the-Year.
Coach Troth previously coached at Huron University where he won a conferece title in 2000 , and was named the 1999 Dakota Conference Coach-of-the-Year. Coach Troth left Huron University with a 38-18 coaching record, and led the program to three NAIA playoffs which included a trip to the 1998 semifinals, and the 2000 quarterfinals. Coach Troth has developed 29 academic All-Americans, and 14 football All-Americans. Coach Troth holds a bachelor’s degree from William Jewell College and a master’s degree from the University of Memphis. Troth’s previous stops before Huron University include, Lambuth University (Tenn.), University of St. Thomas (Minn.), William Jewell College, and overseas head coaching positions in Amsterdam, Holland, and Paris, France. During that time Coach Troth accumulated coaching earned 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, and served as the receivers coach since 2005, until being promoted to Offensive and Recruiting Coordinator prior to the 2012 season.
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, daughter Olivia, and newborn twins, Adalynn and Avery
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. In his first season in the Vikings Coach Hiller coached three all-conference offensive lineman, Stephon Kelly, Dave Stewart and Rob Barrington. Kelly was also a preseason all-America selection and was a first team all-conference pick that received a tryout with the Tampa Bay Bucaneers. While at C-SC, Coach Hiller recruited 12 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.
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 five seasons at MVC he has coached 12 student-athletes that 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, his wife, Courtney, and their son Axel Clarence reside in Marshall.
Lavell Jackson- Defensive Backs Coach
Lavell Jackson comes to Missouri Valley after spending the 2013 season at the University of Sioux Falls (S.D.) as the cornerbacks coach. Prior to last season, he was the defensive backs coach at MidAmerica Nazarene University in 2012, co-defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator at Thornton Township (Harvey, Ill.) High School in 2011 and assistant defensive backs coach at Sioux Falls in 2010.
Jackson played football at the University of Sioux Falls from 2008-2009. He played defensive back and was a kick/punt returner during his two years with the program helping lead Sioux Falls to back-to-back National championships. In 2009, Jackson was named to the all-GPAC first team at the returner position and led the NAIA in punt returns.
Mike McGann - Graduate Assistant
Stephon Kelly - Graduate Assistant