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 25 years of coaching experience with 19 of those at the collegiate level. In his first year at Missouri Valley, Coach Troth led the Vikings to an 8-2 overall record. 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, a 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 led MVC to a third-straight HAAC title in 2013, along with an NAIA FCS Quarterfinal appearance.
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.
Head Coach/ Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Coach Monty Roe came to MVC in 2005 as defensive coordinator for the MVC Vikings. Since arriving, the Vikings have been the No. 1 rush defense team in five seasons (2005-2006, 2009-2010, 2013) and two seasons of beind ranked second in rush defense (2007-2008). The Vikings have also led the NAIA in scoring defense twice (2012-2013) and led the NAIA in pass defense once (2011). In addition the Vikings have led the NAIA in total defense once (2013) and were second in total defense in two seasons (2010-2011).
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.
Offensive Line Coach/Offensive Coordinator
Coach Bryan Hiller joined the Missouri Valley College Viking Football program in 2012 as the offensive line coach after serving the previous 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.
Blaise Holzer-Wide Receivers Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Blaise joined the Missouri Valley football staff in January of 2015 after spending the 2014 at Ohio Dominican University coaching the wide receivers. Blaise coached the wide receiving unit to 2944 total yards and 32 touchdowns in the 2014 season. The team also ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division II in completion percentage. Prior to 2014, Blaise spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Grahanna Lincoln (Ohio) High School coaching defensive backs and the defensive line. In 2012, his defensive line finished with 21.5 sacks and 49.5 TFL's. Blaise also served as a graduate assistant at Ohio Dominican from 2008-2010 focusing on coaching the tight ends his final two seasons.
Blaise played college football at Ohio Dominican from 2004-2007, was a four-year letter winner as a wide receiver and helped lead the program to its first conference championship and NAIA Football Championship Series appearance in 2007. He earned his B.S. in sports management in 2007 and earned his MBA from Ohio Dominican in 2010.
Blaise is originally from Indianapolis, Ind., Blaise was a two-way football player at Yorktown (Ind.) High School. He and his wife Shana recently welcomed in their son Fitz, the couple's first child.
Cam Wierson-Defensive Backs Coach
Cam joined the Missouri Valley football staff in January of 2015 after spending the previous two seasons at Angelo State (Texas) University as the safety coach. Cam was apart of the ASU football team that won the Lone Star Conference championship in 2014, along with a National postseason first round game. The 2014 ASU coaching staff was named the LSC Staff of the Year.
Prior to his time at Angelo State, Cam was the special teams coordinator at Marana (Ariz.) High School in 2012. His special teams ranked third in the state in kick return drive start average and his special teams led the conference in net punting and net punt differential. Cam also spent two seasons, 2010 and 2011, as a graduate assistant at UTEP, working with the offense and special teams. UTEP's kick return and punt units were consistently ranked in the top 10 Nationally during his time in El Paso, Texas.
Cam played safety at Northwest Missouri State University and helped the team to an NCAA Division II National championship his senior season in 2009. Cam earned his B.S. in corporate recreation and fitness at Northwest Missouri State and a Master's in Education of curriculim and instruction at Angelo State. He is originally from Tucson, Ariz., and went to Ironwood Ridge (Ariz.) High School.
Demetrious Maxie-Defensive Line Coach
Demetrious Maxie joins the Missouri Valley College football staff for the 2015 season after spending time as the Southwest Regional Scout for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Candaian Football League (CFL). Prior to that Maxie was with the University of Texas-El Paso and coached at UTEP in the 2010 and 2011 seasons working with the linebackers and defensive line units for the NCAA Division I program.
During his playing career, Maxie was a two-year starter for UTEP in the 1993 and 1994 seasons at linebacker and defensive lineman. He finished his college career with 195 tackles, eight tackles for loss and seven sacks. Professionally, Maxie played 14 seasons in the NFL, CFL and AFL. Maxie won four championships in Canada. Three of those championships came as a player and the fourth while serving as the Assistant Director of Player Personnel for the Calgary Stampeders.
Maxie graduated from UTEP with a degree in multidisciplinary studies with an emphasis on sociology. He and his wife, Maria, have a son, Dominic, and a daughter, Miranda.
Robert Dennis-Tight Ends, H Backs, Strong Tackles
The 2015 campaign will mark Coach Dennis’ second season with the Heart Champion Vikings. He will coach the Tight Ends, H Backs, and Strong Tackles. In addition, he will head up the Junior Varsity program this fall. Coach Dennis came to Missouri Valley from Gavilan College in California. As the offensive coordinator, Gavilan returned to prominence offensively under his direction. The Rams led the Coast Conference in 7 offensive categories, including total passing yards and passing touchdowns. 9 offensive players earned all-conference honors, 5 of which were named to the all-state team including current Viking Jakari Johnson. Quarterback Omar Kharroub (Sterling College, KS) ended his career as the 4th all-time leading passer, eclipsing former NFL All-Pro Jeff Garcia. Prior to his arrival in Gilroy, Coach Dennis was the running backs coach at Shasta College (CA). The Knights led the Bay Valley Conference in rushing for first time in over a decade. His group led the conference in 7 rushing categories, including total yards from scrimmage averaging 4.96 yards per carry. Manny Barragan (Southern Oregon University) was voted unanimously All-Bay Valley Conference running back, as well as the all-purpose athlete. He went on to be named All-California Region III at both positions.
From 1991-1997, Coach Dennis was the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks, and defensive backs coach for three California high schools, going 57-23-1 during that time. He worked closely with 8 team MVP’s, 19 all-league players, 6 all-area players, and 1 all-CIF 2nd Team player. Won the CIF Northern Section Div. V title at Biggs Union under 23 year head coach Mike Pena in 1997. Named offensive coordinator for Pena’s Lions Club District 4C All-Star South staff the next summer, and put up 441 yards of total offense in a 24-15 loss to the North.Coach Dennis played at Shasta College (CA), backing up 2-time JC Gridwire All-American Quarterback Don Trotter, who still holds 6 school passing records. He was coached by former NFL player Leon Donohue, who started for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1967 NFL Championship known as the “Ice Bowl” verses the Green Bay Packers. He started at quarterback for Enterprise High School in Redding, CA, finishing 4th in the Northern Athletic League.
Keith O'Neal-Graduate Assistant
Keith O'Neal begins his first season as a graduate assistant with the Missouri Valley College football program after a four-year playing career with the Vikings. O'Neal helped the Vikings to four-straight Heart of America Athletic Conference championships. Also, as a freshman, O'Neal qualified for the NAIA National Indoor Track and Field Championship in the 60 meter dash.
O'Neal was a member of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity at Missouri Valley and graduated in the spring of 2015 with a bachelor's of science in exercise science. O'Neal is obtaining his Master's degree from the University of Missouri. O'Neal and his fiance Katelyn Barr, also a 2015 Missouri Valley graduate, have a two year old son, Kendrick.
Jerrod Freidel-Graduate Assistant
Jerrod Freidel joined the Viking football coaching staff prior to the 2015 season. Freidel played outside lineback er at the University of South Dakota from 2008-2013 where he earned a bachelor's degree in general studies.
Freidel is originally from Vermillion, South Dakota, and works on a ranch in Wyoming during the summer months.
Davonte Lee-Graduate Assistant
Ken Kujawa - Viking Sports Network Director