Univ. of Minnesota Crookston - Football



Tom Miller  |  Assistant Head Coach

Tom Miller is in his third season on the football staff at U of M Crookston. In 2017, Miller was elevated to assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator. Miller will continue to coach the safeties, as well for the Golden Eagles.

Prior to his most recent appointment, Miller also served as equipment manager for the Golden Eagles while working with the safeties.

Miller's first two seasons were highlighted by safety Lethzee Calderon earning All-NSIC North Honorable Mention honors in 2015. Calderon led the team in tackles as a senior with 75. That season, Jake Newman also had a strong year with 58 tackles and three interceptions.  In 2016, three of his players helped lead the team in tackles with William Cole, Trevor Long and Jake Newman all notching over 40 tackles on the season. Newman notched two interceptions on the season, for second on the team in picks.

Miller came to Minnesota Crookston after one season at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he worked as the team's linebacker coach and video coordinator. In his one season he helped a player to a First Team All Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) pick and had another earn honorable mention. Prior to arriving at Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Miller served as the Head Football Scout for NCSA Athletic Recruiting where he helped to provide student-athletes and families expert advice about the collegiate recruiting process.

Prior to his experience at NCSA, Miller was an assistant coach for one season at Concordia University-Chicago, where he worked with the team's wide receivers and kickers and punters. Miller also served as a student assistant coach at Ripon College.

As a player, Miller competed for Loras College and Ripon, He also helped to found the Ripon College Rugby Football club. He earned his bachelor degree from Ripon in 2008 in exercise science with an emphasis in sport management. Miller earned his Master's Degree in coaching and sports administration from Concordia University-Irvine.

Jared Hottle  |  Assistant Coach - Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks

Jared Hottle is in his first season as offensive coordinator for the University of Minnesota Crookston football program. Hottle comes to the Golden Eagles after spending the previous five seasons at Dakota State University in Madison, S.D. He has been named as one of three finalists for the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) NAIA Assistant Coach of the Year the previous two seasons.

Hottle has led the Trojans to back-to-back record-breaking seasons offensively. In 2017, Dakota State averaged 482.5 yards per game offensively, including 301 through the air and 181.5 per game on the ground. Hottle coached quarterback Jacob Giles to a 2017 Dacotah Bank/NSAA Football Offensive Player of the Year nod. Giles threw for over 3,000 yards in 2017, while Hottle helped coach Brodie Frederiksen and Hagan Hines to over 700 yards rushing apiece. In 2016, he coached wide receiver Austin Opdahl to a 2017 Dacotah Bank/NSAA Football Offensive Player of the Year pick. In his two years as offensive coordinator, the Trojans had nine players named First Team All-NSAA and two players named Second Team All-NSAA.

Prior to being named offensive coordinator, Hottle served as special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach for two seasons. In his first season as a graduate assistant, Hottle serve as video coordinator and wide receivers coach.

Hottle was part of a major turnaround during his time on staff at Dakota State. The Trojans were 3-19 in the two seasons prior to his arrival. In the last two seasons with Hottle as offensive coordinator, Dakota State put up a 14-7 mark. Overall, Dakota State was 28-25 in his five seasons as an assistant coach.

Before arriving at Dakota State, Hottle attended Central College in Pella, Iowa, where he served as a student assistant coach for the football team. He assisted with the offensive line for a year and defensive backs for three years. In addition to coaching duties, Hottle also assisted with coordinating video as well as in-season and out-of-season recruiting for the Dutch.

Hottle is a native of Waterloo, Iowa. He earned his bachelor's degree from Central in economics and political science. He earned his master's degree from Dakota State in 2014 in educational technology.

Hottle will also coach a position group at Minnesota Crookston. The specifics concerning his position assignment have not been decided as of this date.

Sam Smith  |  Assistant Coach - Special Teams Coordinator / Defensive Backs

Sam Smith enters his second season on staff at the U of M Crookston. Smith will continue to serve as corner backs coach and will add special teams coordinator to his duties for the team.

In his first season with the Golden Eagles, Smith helped the team continue to improve defensively. From 2015 to 2016, Minnesota Crookston gave up an average of 9.1 yards less per game as they continue to show improvement. In addition, he helped the secondary to nine interceptions on the season, along with 19 pass break-ups.

Smith came to U of M Crookston after one season at Western State Colorado University, an NCAA Division II school, where he coached the defensive backs.

During his year at Western State, Smith helped the Mountaineers to a 4-7 mark. In addition, he helped Cade Wasser, Isaiah Jackson and Mike Lopez to All-RMAC Honorable Mention picks.

Prior to joining Western State, Smith served as an assistant coach at St. Petersburg High School in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he assisted the defensive backs, linebackers and special teams for three seasons. In addition to coaching, Smith also taught physical education and health to students in kindergarten through 12th grade in the Pinellas County School District.

While coaching at St. Petersburg High School, Smith also served as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for the St. Petersburg Tide of the PSAFL.

Before commencing his coaching career, Smith had an impressive playing career. He played six years in the National Football League (NFL), Indoor Football League (IFL) and Arena Football League (AFL) from 2006-12. His stint in the NFL came in 2006 as a rookie safety for the New England Patriots. He joins fellow Minnesota Crookston Assistant Coach Dave Volk as Golden Eagle coaches to play in the NFL. Volk played for the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears.

In addition to his NFL stint, Smith played for the Iowa Barnstormers and Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League as a wide receiver and linebacker.

As a collegiate player, Smith attended Delaware State University, where he served as a three-year captain and was a three-time all-conference pick and two-time All-America selection. He would earn his bachelor's degree from Delaware State in 2006 in sports management.

Smith resides in Crookston.

Sam Gooding  |  Assistant Coach - Offensive Line / Recruiting Coordinator

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Michael Hepp  |  Assistant Coach - Defense

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