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Defensive Coaching Staff

Mark Sipple
Defensive Coordinator

Augustana head football coach Jerry Olszewski has named Mark Sipple as the Vikings’ defensive coordinator. Sipple joins Augustana after spending the past six years in the same position at St. Cloud State.

“I am thrilled to welcome Coach Sipple and his family to my staff,” Olszewski said. “Coach brings over 20 years of success as a coordinator along with other valuable experiences that will benefit our staff and program. He is a proven leader and recruiter with strong Midwest coaching ties and a working knowledge of our conference opponents.

“I believe Coach Sipple is a great fit for our staff and AU. I look forward to watching his relationships develop with our players, staff and campus community.”

Sipple led the defensive unit at St. Cloud State after spending 11 seasons as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Wisconsin - Eau Claire. In the 2019 season, the Huskies led the NSIC with nine tackles for loss per game, a mark that ranked ninth in the nation.

At Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Sipple coached a pair of D3football.com All-America selections while helping the Blugolds to an appearance in the NCAA Division III Playoffs.

Sipple also has coaching stops at Wisconsin Lutheran (1998-03) where he helped start the football program and North Dakota (1996-98). A graduate of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, Sipple earned a degree in secondary math education while earning a minor in psychology in 1996. He garnered a master’s degree in educational administration from North Dakota in 1996.

Mark and his wife, Sara, are the parents to Lydia and Isaak.


Kelly Scholten
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.


Chase King
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.