Pike hired as Beaver Football offensive coordinator and QB coach

Pike hired as Beaver Football offensive coordinator and QB coach
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Pike hired as Beaver Football offensive coordinator and QB coach

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Karson Pike, who spent the 2010-2012 seasons as a graduate assistant coach for the Bemidji State University football program, will return as the Beavers’ new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Pike returns to BSU after serving as Aspen High School’s head football coach for the past two seasons and offensive coordinator for one of the nation’s top offensive programs in Iowa Western Community College between 2012-16.

Pike spent the past two seasons as head football coach at Aspen High School in Aspen, Colo., and helped lead the program to a playoff berth in 2017, its first since the 2013 season. He improved the Skiers’ win total by six games in his second season, finishing 2017 with an 8-2 record overall.

“It’s really exciting to get back up to Bemidji State, which holds a special place in my heart after working for coach (Brent) Bolte and (Rich) Jahner,” Pike said. “They’ve done a great job growing the program and my hope is to continue that.

“I’m extremely excited to get up there and start working with the guys as soon as possible. I run an up-tempo offense so we will be working to continue the fast pace and high-tempo offensive production that the program has seen in recent history.”

“We expect (Karson) to bring his own style of quarterback play and bring our offense into the direction he sees fit,” Bolte said. “He did a great job at Iowa Western and Bemidji State, and he’s been around great programs over the years. We’re excited to have him join the program. The big thing for us is to build off what we did in the past while allowing him to do his own thing and go on to do bigger and better things for us.”

After graduating with a master’s of science in sports studies from Bemidji State in 2013, Pike joined the high-scoring Iowa Western Community College football program where he coached several positions from 2012-2016. In his first season with the Reivers, the team lead the nation with 62.8 points per game, was second in passing yards per game and third in rushing yards per game. IWCC ranked among the top 10 of the nation in scoring in each of Pike’s first three seasons with the program. He took over the running backs during the 2012-13 seasons before moving to offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach for the 2014-15 seasons.

IWCC went 44-4 during Pike’s four seasons with the program and finished each season ranked among the top three teams in the nation. The Reivers claimed a national championship during Pike’s first season in 2012 and finished as national title runners-up in 2014.

Pike served as the Beavers’ corner backs coach from 2010-11 and running backs coach in the spring of 2012 as a graduate assistant. BSU ranked third in pass defense and fourth in pass defense efficiency among the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference during Pike’s first season with the program in 2010. The Beavers ranked among the top four of the conference in total defense for the second straight year in Pike’s second season. The “Gang Green” secondary also ranked second in the league in interceptions in 2011.

Pike began his coaching career at Central Lakes College as quarterbacks and wide receivers coach from 2007-10. He helped lead the Raiders earn the 2009 Minnesota College Athletic Conference Championship while also earning a berth in the 2009 Graphic Edge Bowl. Pike coached several All-MCAC team members in his three seasons with the program.

Pike played quarterback at Central Lakes College from 2005-06 and led the team to its first winning season in seven years as a team captain. He spent his first two collegiate seasons as a quarterback and long snapper for Kansas Wesleyan University from 2004-05.

Pike earned his bachelor’s degree in physical and health education from St. Cloud State University in 2010 before he finished his master’s degree at BSU in 2013.

A standout high school quarterback at Golden High School in Golden, Colo., Pike was named 2004 First Team Offensive Specialist Mountain Plains League. He played five different positions as a team captain and helped GHS to a second-place finish in the Colorado state tournament in 2003.

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).