Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Backs
Jordan Malone enters his first season as Augustana's defensive coordinator in 2017. Malone returned to Augustana after spending the 2015 and 2016 seasons as a defensive backs coach at his Alma Mater, Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Malone was on Olszewski's staff as a defensive backs coach in 2014.
During his two seasons as an assistant coach at Minnesota State, Malone coached four All-NSIC honorees, including two All-NSIC First Team recipients in Jared Gillespie (2015) and Mat Andriano (2016). In 2015, the Maverick defensive backs recorded nine interceptions and one fumble recovery. Last season, MSU defensive backs totaled seven interceptions and three fumble recoveries.
At Augustana in 2014, the defensive backs tallied eight interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Jordan Johnson was the leading tackler in the defensive back group during the 2014 season, with 55 total tackles. Johnson also recorded two interceptions in 2014. Keyvion Mayhan (24 tackles) and Jordan Determan (11 tackles, one interception) also both saw playing time under Malone’s guidance in 2014.
Prior to his one season in Sioux Falls, Malone spent one season as the defensive backs coach at NCAA Division III Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. At Augustana, Malone coached the defensive backs and was responsible for the strength and conditioning program for the football team. He tutored one all-conference player and helped coach a defense that recorded 24 takeaways.
Malone spent the 2011 season as the defensive coordinator and co-special teams coordinator at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. Malone’s defense at Simon Fraser accounted for 21 takeaways, 54 tackles for loss and 20 sacks during his one season while four defensive players earned all-conference and two went on to get drafted in the Canadian Football League.
He spent two seasons at Division I FCS University of Central Arkansas where he coached outside linebackers and nickel backs and tutored three all-conference players. In 2008, Malone was the special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa. He completed his Master of Science degree at Emporia State University where he was a graduate assistant coach for defensive backs.
Malone is a 2006 graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he was a four-year letterwinner and an All-NCC and All-America. He played in 44 games for the Mavericks, recording 216 tackles, seven interceptions and three fumble recoveries.
Malone resides in Sioux Falls
Defensive Line / Special Teams Coordinator
Kelly Scholten, a 1997 graduate of Augustana, enters his fifth season as the Vikings’ defensive line coach in 2017. Scholten also serves as Augustana’s special teams coordinator.
For the fourth straight season, Augustana had a defensive lineman earn All-NSIC honors under Scholten’s guidance. Bryson Hamilton was named All-NSIC First Team for the second straight season and went on to earn Don Hansen First Team All-Region and All-America honors. Hamilton was also one of two Vikings in 2016 to be named CoSIDA Academic All-America, becoming one of 14 players in school history to earn the prestigious honor.
Hamilton missed the final two games of the season due to a season-ending injury, but had one of the best years of his career. He finished the season with 44 tackles, including a team-leading 11.5 tackles for loss and a career-high 7.0 sacks. Hamilton finished one sack shy of tying the single season record at Augustana.
Augustana finished the 2016 season ranked fifth in the high-scoring NSIC, holding opponents to 26.5 points per game. The Vikings forced 14 turnovers and recorded 26 sacks in 2016, marking the second straight season with 20-plus sacks.
Augustana's special teams saw continued success in 2016 under Scholten's guidance. The Vikings ranked second in the country in net punting (39.3 net yards per punt) and ninth blocking three punts. Augustana blocked five kicks in 2016, the fourth-most in the NSIC.
In 2015, Jamal Samaha and Bryson Hamilton both were named All-NSIC First Team. Samaha was later named to the Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Super Region Three and All-America teams. Samaha recorded a career-high 34 tackles in 2015 and tied the single season record with 8.0 quarterback sacks. He also set a single game record with three sacks against Southwest Minnesota State on Oct. 3.
Hamilton ranked sixth on the team with 58 total tackles in 2015, registering 27 solo tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks. Augustana recorded over 20 sacks as a team for the second time in Scholten’s three seasons, finishing with 24 in 2015 which ranked seventh in the NSIC. Augustana forced 23 turnovers in 2015 and ranked seventh in the NSIC allowing just 146.8 rushing yards per game.
As special teams coordinator, Scholten guided some of the top units in all of Division II in 2015. Augustana ranked second in the country averaging 28.4 yards per kick return and senior Justin Greenway ranked second nationally averaging 35.2 yards per return. Greenway returned three kickoffs for touchdowns in 2015, which led all players in NCAA Division II. Augustana ranked seventh in the nation allowing just 3.3 yards per punt return while ranking 11th nationally with a net punt average of 37.2.
In 2014, Scholten guided an All-NSIC selection for the second straight season in Jake Lee. Lee recorded 34 tackles in 2014, including 5.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks. Bryson Hamilton had a breakout sophomore campaign at defensive end in 2014 starting all 11 games and recording 42 tackles (13 solo). Hamilton also recorded 5.5 tackles for loss and half a quarterback sack.
Scholten led Lee to all-region and all-conference honors in 2013. Lee was named to the All-NSIC First Team and the Don Hansen All-Super Region Three Third Team after setting career-highs in tackles (44), tackles for loss (11.0) and sacks (4.0).
The Viking defense recorded 27 sacks in 2013, marking the most at Augustana since the 2010 team posted 27. The defensive line accounted for 19 of the 27 sacks last season, led by Joel Slinden who recorded five. Tanner Foth, who spent four seasons as a quarterback at Augustana, recorded 4.5 sacks and a team-high 11.5 tackles for loss in 2013.
Scholten, who received All-North Central Conference recognition as an offensive lineman with the Vikings in 1995, rejoined the football coaching staff in 2013 after serving in operations management with Furniture Mart USA for 12 years.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Augustana in 1997. He was an assistant coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato (1997-2002), where his duties included offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. He was a student assistant at Augustana in 1996, and was back with the Vikings for the 2002 season as recruiting coordinator and offensive line coach.
In 2003 he began assisting with the varsity football program at Brandon Valley High School. In 2012, the Lynx won the Eastern South Dakota Conference championship and posted an 11-1 record. The only loss was to Sioux Falls Washington in the state Class 11AA championship game.
A native of Valley Springs, S.D., Scholten was a three-sport standout at Brandon Valley.
Scholten and his wife, Stacy, are the parents of three sons: Zachary, Thomas, and Samuel. Stacy graduated from Augustana in 1996. She is the daughter of former Viking head coach, Jim Heinitz.
Linebackers / Camp Coordinator
Chase King begins his fifth season with the Augustana football program in 2017. King will coach the defensive backs for the third straight season after coaching tight ends in 2013 and 2014. King also serves as the camp coordinator for Augustana football.
Augustana’s defense ranked fifth in high-scoring NSIC in 2016, holding opponents to 26.5 points per game. Augustana finished the year forcing 14 turnovers and recording 26 sacks, marking the second straight season with 20-plus sacks.
Four defensive players earned All-NSIC honors in 2016, including first team selections Kirby Hora and Bryson Hamilton.
King helped coach an Augustana defense that forced 23 turnovers in 2015, ranking fifth in the NSIC with 13 interceptions. Senior safety Chad Curry earned All-NSIC South Division First Team honors under King’s watch last season. Curry ranked fourth on the team with 72 tackles (36 solo) and finished tied for second on the team with two interceptions. Following the season, Curry was named to the Don Hansen All-Central Region Third Team. The defensive backfield was a veteran group that battled through injuries in 2015.
Justin Brown, who played in 10 of 12 games, led the team with three interceptions to go along with 16 tackles. Garrett Earl played in just six games after suffering a broken foot. Earl finished the year with 17 tackles. Sophomore Trevor Naasz had another strong season for the Vikings at free safety. Naasz finished fifth on the team with 68 tackles (38 solo) and recorded one interception.
King rotated in a large number of players in 2015 with six underclassmen all seeing significant field time in 2015. Cornerback Jordan Johnson recorded 39 tackles, including 3.0 tackles for loss, to go along with one interception and eight pass breakups. Anthony Tatum played in 11 of 12 games in 2015 and recorded 26 tackles and two interceptions. Keyvion Mayhan played in all 12 games making 30 tackles (4.0 tackles for loss) and Jordan Determan appeared in 11 games making 19 tackles.
King coached a young group of tight ends in 2014 that included just one senior. Nick Lee hauled in 16 passes for 231 yards and paved the way for junior Jake Bartscher and sophomores Jordan Meyer and Nate Winter in 2015.
A native of Gridley, Calif., King earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing communications from California Lutheran University in 2008. He completed work on a master’s degree in business administration (marketing) from CLU in 2011.
King was a three-year starter at linebacker for CLU and helped the Kingsmen to the 2007 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship. He was a three-time Academic All-SCIAC selection.
At St. Olaf he coached one All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference second team player, and three honorable mention choices. In 2012, the Oles’ pass defense ranked 15th nationally in NCAA Division III.
King is pursuing his Master’s Degree in sports leadership at Augustana.
Veteran coach Brian Hermanson joined the Augustana staff in the fall of 2017, and brings with him more than 35 years of coaching experience at the high school, college and professional level.
Hermanson spent most of his 36-year career as an assistant, but he definitely made his mark during an eight-year stint as the head coach at Washington High School, where he coached the Warriors from 2005-12, guiding them to an 82-16 record and six trips to the state Class 11AA championship games - winning the state title in 2009, 2010 and 2012 and finishing second in 2007, 2008 and 2011.
The Warriors also won Greater Dakota Conference titles in 2009, 2010 and 2012. During his eight years as head coach at Washington, his alma mater, 51 Warrior student-athletes went on to play college football, a number at the NCAA Division I level.
Hermanson’s coaching career began in 1981 at Brookings High School, where he spent one year as an assistant, and includes stops at Whittier Junior High in Sioux Falls and two separate stints at both Washington and Roosevelt High Schools. He also worked at Augustana in 2001 and at the University of Sioux Falls in 2016. He also spent the last five years in the Indoor Football League with the Sioux Falls Storm.
In addition to his numerous high school coach of the year awards, Hermanson coached in four South Dakota All-Star games, and received the Ralph Ginn Award from South Dakota State University in 2013. Three years later, he gained induction into the South Dakota Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
Hermanson and his wife, Mary, live in Sioux Falls.