Three assistant coaches to join Beaver Football in 2019

Three assistant coaches to join Beaver Football in 2019
Monday, March 25, 2019
Three assistant coaches to join Beaver Football in 2019

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University football program will add three assistant coaches to the staff for the 2019 season, as announced by head coach Brent Bolte. Darius Carey, Alex Gray, and Sheldon Tucker, Jr., join the Beavers with focus on the defensive line, outside linebackers, and cornerbacks, respectively.

Darius Carey joins the Beaver Football coaching staff in 2019 as the defensive line coach. Carey joins BSU after serving as a graduate assistant coach at Quincy University with responsibility on the defensive line.

Carey spent the last two seasons as a graduate assistant coach with Quincy while helping the defensive line earn three All-Great Lakes Valley Conference selections in 2018. In addition to his duties on the defensive line, Carey also served as assistant recruiting coordinator, strength and conditioning assistant, and assistant equipment manager.

Prior to coaching as a graduate assistant, Carey was a four-year starter for Quincy as a defensive tackle. He earned 2014 All-GLVC Honorable Mention and 2015 USA College Football Division II Preseason All-America Honorable Mention after finishing his sophomore season with 44 total tackles, four tackles for a loss, two sacks, and one fumble recovery. Carey finished his career at Quincy with 130 tackles, 18 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble.

Carey is from Florissant, Mo., and earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 2017 and his master’s degree in education in 2019, both from Quincy.

Alex Gray joins the Beaver Football coaching staff in 2019 as the outside linebackers coach. Gray comes to BSU after finishing his four-year playing career as a linebacker at University of South Dakota.

Gray played linebacker with the Coyotes and made 17 consecutive starts to finish his career. He led the USD defense in 2018 with 82 total tackles and recorded 184 in 33 games as an inside/outside linebacker. During the 2018 campaign, Gray was named Missouri Valley Football Conference Defense Player of the Week after recording seven tackles, two sacks, one fumble recovery, and one interception.

During the summer of 2018, Gray served as the USD program team camp counselor where he instructed linebackers on basic fundamentals and techniques, and aided coaches with drill demonstration and implementation. He also supervised meal nutrition and dormitory behavior of high school athletes.

Gray is from New Lenox, Ill., and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in December 2018 from USD.

Sheldon Tucker Jr., joins the Beaver Football coaching staff in 2019 as the cornerbacks coach. Tucker served as the varsity wide receivers coach at James Monroe High School in Rochester, N.Y., before joining the BSU coaching staff.

Tucker has worked with quarterbacks and wide receivers, as offensive coordinator, since August 2017 in the high school level after serving as the offensive coordinator with the Roc City Wolves Semi-Professional team. During his lone season with Roc City, Tucker helped the Wolves rank second in the conference in points per game. Prior to joining Roc City, Tucker was the junior varsity defensive coordinator at James Monroe High School from May 2015 through January 2017 and served as a student assistant for defensive backs at St. John Fisher College from September 2013 through May 2014.

Tucker is from Rochester, N.Y.

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).