BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University family mourns the passing of professor, assistant football coach, friend and mentor to many, Dr. Ken Traxler, who passed away on Wednesday. Traxler was 53.
Traxler made the move to Bemidji, Minn. in 1997 to serve as a professor in the BSU Department of Chemistry. He remained there for the next 22 years, taking on many roles, including Department Chair.
Traxler also quickly found a home with BSU Athletics. Soon after his arrival in Bemidji, be joined the BSU football staff as a volunteer coach, where he worked with the offensive linemen. After four years, he became an assistant coach and served in that role through the 2019 season. During his tenure with Beaver Football, Traxler coached six all-Americans and 19 all-region student-athletes.
A fan of all Beaver sport programs, Traxler also worked closely with Beaver Pride as a volunteer, member and board member.
In 2013, Traxler was named Bemidji State Athletics Volunteer of the Year.
Prior to joining the Bemidji State staff, Traxler's coaching stops included stints as a defensive coach at his ALma Mater University of Minnesota, Morris (1988-89) as well as Gustavus Adolphus College (1994).
Traxler played linebacker at Minnesota Morris, where he received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1989. He earned a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Denver in 1994.