Former Riders’ assistant Mike Scheper named Minot State defensive coordinator

Photo courtesy: Mike Scheper

Former Riders’ defensive line coach Mike Scheper has found himself a new job as the defensive coordinator for the Minot State University Beavers.

Scheper was fired by the Riders early last season. Scheper spent three seasons with Saskatchewan. It was his second tour with the team having previously coached the green and white in 2009 and 2010.

“I am elated to come and be a part of the culture Andy Carter is promoting within the Athletic Department and specifically thrilled about the opportunity to join this football program and work directly under Mike Aldrich’s leadership. I owe a tremendous amount of thanks and gratitude to Mike for taking a chance on me with this important role on his staff.” he said in a release.

This will be Scheper’s 18th season coaching. In the CFL, he coached on offence, defence and special teams splitting time with Saskatchewan, Winnipeg and Edmonton appearing in three Grey Cup. His only Grey Cup win came in 2015 with the Eskimos.

“It was important to me to be able to bring in the right person, but also to be able to provide the best possible coaching and leadership for our student-athletes.” said head coach Mike Aldrich.

“Mike brings a wealth of professional coaching experience from his time in the CFL and I think our team and our defence will really benefit from his experience and the level of his expertise. More importantly, after getting to know Mike and his family, we knew he was the right fit for Minot State football.”

Scheper also has experience at the NCAA level (Fresno State & Portland State), California Junior College (Glendale & Canyons), and high school (St. Francis).