BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University football head coach Brent Bolte announced the addition of four assistant coaches to round out the 2021 coaching staff. Charles Alexander, Nick Anderson, Alex Ney and Waylon Roberson join the Beaver Football staff with playing and coaching experience from Division I to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Alexander, Ney and Roberson will have main responsibilities on the defensive side of the ball while Anderson will coach the running backs. Alexander will serve as the defensive ends coach, Ney as the outside linebackers coach and Roberson as the interior defensive line coach.
Alexander spent the last four seasons as the defensive line coach at the University of Jamestown and played collegiately at the University of Arkansas from 2006-09. He coached three All-Great Plains Athletic Conference team members on the defensive line at Jamestown. Alexander was a member of the 2006 Southeastern Conference West Championship team at Arkansas and graduated with a bachelor of arts in both criminal justice and political science from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2017.
Anderson joins BSU after eight years of coaching experience within the collegiate and high school levels. Most recently he served as the varsity special teams coordinator and running backs coach at Little Rock Christian Academy, which finished runner-up at the 5A Class State Championship in 2020. Anderson spent three seasons at Troy University from 2017-20, coaching two All-Sun Belt Conference team members, a 2018 Ray Guy Trophy Semifinalist and 2019 Sun Belt Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Anderson played collegiately at Carson Newman University (2007) and the University of Alabama-Birmingham (2008-10) before graduating with a degree in marketing from the University of Alabama-Huntsville in 2013.
Ney takes over the outside linebackers after spending the last two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Minot State University. He began his coaching career as the defensive line coach before moving to linebackers in early 2020. Ney played collegiately with Southwest Minnesota State University from 2015-18, earning two All-NSIC honors, Academic All-NSIC and being named team captain twice. He graduated from SMSU in 2019 with a bachelor of science in exercise science with an emphasis on coaching and human performance.
Roberson will coach the interior defensive line for the Beavers after serving as a youth combine assistant since 2019 and a playing career as a defensive tackle at Arkansas State University (2015-17) and New Mexico Military Institute (2013-14). He was a two-year starter at Arkansas State, earning Lindy’s and Phil Steele’s Second Team Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference and Athlon Sports Preseason Third Team All-SBC honors prior to his senior season. Roberson was also a member of the Athletic Director’s List before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in 2017.
The group of four coaches join assistant coach Nick Nissen as newcomers to the coaching staff for the 2021 season. Assistant coach Brandon Labath joined the program prior to the 2020 season, which was canceled due to COVID-19. Assistant coach Sheldon Tucker Jr., will begin his third season on the staff after joining BSU prior to the 2019 season.
Assistant coach Jordan Hein moves into the role of special teams coordinator, also with responsibility on wide receivers, after the departure of former coach Matt Cain. Hein joins defensive coordinator Jamison Bisch in their fourth season with the program while offensive coordinator Karson Pike begins his sixth season on staff. Pike has coached the past four years under Bolte after spending two years on staff in 2010 and 2011.
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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).