WAYNE, Neb. — Wayne State football coach Dan McLaughlin announced Wednesday that he’s hired Mike Aldrich as defensive coordinator.
He’ll begin his new duties July 1.
Aldrich comes to Wayne State after serving most recently as the head coach at Augustana College the last three seasons. He compiled a 22-13 record overall and was 20-11 in the NSIC.
In 2010, Aldrich guided the Vikings to a school-record 11 wins and a berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs, where Augustana won the school’s first playoff game. He was selected Region 5 Coach of the Year after leading the Vikings to an 11-2 record that season.
“We are extremely excited to add someone of the caliber and quality of Mike Aldrich to the Wayne State staff,” McLaughlin said. “Mike has demonstrated success as a defensive coordinator at the Division II level in both the North Central Conference and the Northern Sun Conference as his defenses were consistently ranked in the top echelon of both conferences. He has extensive recruiting experience in the upper Midwest and brings a wealth of knowledge that will prove invaluable to our program. We are thrilled to welcome Mike, his wife Kristen, daughter Makenna and son Joseph to the Wildcat family.”
Aldrich also served as assistant defensive coordinator, special team’s coordinator and secondary coach from 2004 until being named head coach in 2010. He served as head coach and defensive coordinator for the Sioux Falls Storm of the National Indoor Football League from 2000 to 2002 and returned to the Storm as defensive coordinator from 2005 to 2009, where he helped the team win four consecutive United Indoor Football Championships and 40 straight wins.
Aldrich played college football at St. Olaf in Minnesota from 1991 to 1995 and began his coaching career at his alma mater, serving as an assistant coach from 1995 to 1998.
Wayne State has 17 starters (nine offense, eight defense) returning from the 2012 team that was 6-5. It was the sixth-straight winning season for Wildcat football, marking the first time in the 97-year history of the program that Wayne State has recorded six straight winning seasons.