Karson Pike enters his third season as the offensive coordinator for the Bemidji State University football program in 2021. Pike also serves as the quarterbacks coach for BSU.
Pike guided the Beaver offense which led the team to an 8-4 record in 2019. The Beaver offense totaled 232 first downs and 46 total touchdowns (16 rushing, 28 passing) and ranked second in the conference with 433.5 yards per game. The Beavers averaged 232.9 passing yards per game to rank fifth in the conference and 200.6 rushing yards per game to rank third in the conference, which featured the NSIC's leading rusher in sophomore Jalen Frye. Frye's 148.6 rushing yards per game averaged over 40 yards more per game than the next leading rusher and while he also fell just three yards shy of tying the BSU single-game rushing record with 316 yards on Nov. 16, 2019. BSU ranked fourth in the conference with 30.4 points per game behind eight all-conference selections. Linemen Hank Bellefy, Nick Niemi, and Joe Woods, along with running back Jalen Frye and wide receiver Malik Williams, were named to the All-NSIC First Team while wide receiver Brendan Beaulieu was named to the All-NSIC Second Team. Wide receiver Jacob Anderson and fullback Matt Gross completed BSU's offensive all-conference honorees with selections to the All-NSIC Honorable Mention team. Frye, Niemi, and Woods each earned All-America status with selections to the 2019 Don Hansen All-America Team.
In 2018, the Beaver offense helped the team to a 7-4 record. The offense scored 420 total points (38.2 ppg) and 133 points off of turnovers. The Beavers totaled 214 first downs (116 rushing, 84 passing, and 14 from penalties). The run game totaled 2,382 yards for the Beavers off of 492 rushing attempts and an average of 4.8 yards per rush and 22 total rushing touchdowns. Passing yardage totaled 1971 yards from 147 completed passes out of 270 attempted with just three interceptions. The passing game totaled 27 touchdowns for the Beavers. The 2018 season saw a few awards and nominations for the team: offensive linemen Parker Blakeslee and Nick Niemi were selected to the 2018 Don Hansen All-Super Region Four Third Team while quarterback Jared Henning was selected to the 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
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.
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’ cornerbacks 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 to 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.