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Chris Stein  |  Offensive Coordinator

In five years as the offensive coordinator at Chadron State College, Chris Stein has helped to produce an exciting and effective offense, averaging over 400 yards per game through five seasons.

In 2012, the Eagles ranked in the top 50 nationally in total offense (411.5 yards) and scoring offense (33.8 points).

They followed suit in 2013, ranking first nationally in third down conversion rate (51.9 percent) 13th in most first downs (297) and 17th in total offense (484.3 yards).

In 2014, the offense continued to surge, averaging 450 yards a game and more than 34 points.

In addition, Stein’s expansive playbook has produced several achievements for the players, resulting in 17 All-RMAC selections, three All-Americans and a Harlon Hill national finalist.

Most notably, the Eagles’ offense has put together the fourth- and second-best offensive seasons in school history. In 2012, CSC gained 4,938 yards and accumulated 5,325 yards in 2013.

This is the 17th season Chris Stein has been on the Chadron State coaching staff. During his tenure, the Eagles have tallied a record of 77-28 and won three RMAC championships.

Since Stein took reins of the passing game, the Eagles have been a consistent, not to mention, accurate, threat through the air. The top five completion percentage seasons in school history have all occurred in the past seven seasons. And, he helped to mentor Jonn McLain, CSC’s all-time passing leader in yardage and TDs.

In addition, the Eagles’ quarterbacks have completed at least 200 passes seven straight years as a team. That had only occurred four times in the history of the program prior to 2007.

Stein is a former CSC tight end who caught 107 passes for 1,281 yards and 14 touchdowns during his career that ended in 1989.

After graduating, Stein coached high school football two years at Julesburg, Colo., four years at Gordon and one year at Gering. Led by teams that were 10-1 and 8-2 at Gordon, his career record is 35-29.

After living in Rockford, Illinois, Stein and his family returned to Chadron in 2003, when he became head coach of the Wyoming Cavalry of the National Indoor Football League.

Chris and his wife Nancy, a registered nurse, have five children. Their oldest, Kassi, and her husband, Trent, have two children, Isaac and Jax. The Steins' other children are Karyssa, Kendra, T.D. and Madison. T.D. is a redshirt sophomore on the CSC football team.


Jeff Larson  |  Defensive Coordinator

Jeff Larson has compiled five successful seasons as the defensive coordinator at Chadron State College.

The Eagles went 9-3, finished second in the conference and qualified for the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2012, and they went 8-3 in 2013 and 2014.

In 2013, Larson’s defense ranked near the top in nearly every category in the RMAC and it had the top-ranked pass defense in the league.

CSC also finished with 21 interceptions to lead the RMAC and ranked fifth in NCAA Division II in turnover margin.

In 2012, he coached All-RMAC Defensive Player of the Year Kevin Lindholm and he has mentored 17 all conference selections.

In 2016, the Eagles were the top passing defense in the RMAC, allowing only 179.5 yards per game through the air.

Larson, a native of Aberdeen, S.D., was named defensive coordinator at Chadron State College in March 2012 by head coach Jay Long. The two had worked together previously at Black Hills State.

Larson, who worked as a graduate assistant at Chadron State in 2006 and 2007, was an assistant coach at Black Hills State for four seasons and served as the defensive coordinator in three of them.

Prior to coaching at Black Hills State and Chadron State, Larson spent five seasons coaching high school football. He was at Cheyenne East High School in Wyoming for four years and spent one year at Layton High School in Utah.

Larson played linebacker and graduated from Northern State University with a bachelor’s of science in health and physical education in 2000.

Larson and his wife, Staci, have a daughter, Amalia.


Craig Jerslid  |  Recruiting Coordinator

Craig Jersild is entering his eighth season as a full-time assistant coach at Chadron State, but it’s actually his 13th year at the school. He coached the Eagles’ secondary from 1992 to 1995 as a graduate assistant and he was a volunteer assistant coach during the 2007 season.

Jersild works with the defensive backs and is the special teams coordinator, while also managing the Eagles’ recruiting efforts and handling equipment duties.

His coaching resume is impressive. He was an assistant coach at South Dakota Tech in Rapid City for a year, the defensive coordinator at Butler County Community College for two years, the defensive coordinator at Northwest Mississippi College for three years, and then he was at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas for four years, serving as the head coach for three of those seasons.

While he was the head coach at Hutchinson Community College from 2003-06, he tallied a record of 18-22.

Perhaps his biggest achievement came in 1998 when Butler County won the National Junior College championship.

Northwest Mississippi had a 33-3 record during Jersild’s tenure, and Hutchinson advanced to the playoffs the first two years he was head coach.

Jersild, better known as ‘Coach Jersey,’ enjoyed coaching a talented defensive backfield in 2012. The Eagles’ DBs accumulated 19 of the team’s 21 interceptions and they broke up another 29 more. The 21 interceptions is the most by a CSC football team since the 1995 season. He guided All-RMAC performer Trelan Taylor to several All-American teams and two other of his defenders earned accolades from the RMAC. In 2016, the Eagles had the top passing defense in the RMAC, allowing only 179.5 yards per game through the air.

Since Jersild has been the special teams coordinator at CSC, he has mentored Zach Smith, who holds the CSC punting record, Cody Paul, who holds the record for most kick return yards, and Randy Wentz, CSC's field goal leader.

Jersild was born in Texas, but graduated from Monte Vista High School in Alamo, Calif., where he was an all-conference player.

He was a starting defensive back at Colorado State University, culminating in 1990 when the Rams were 9-4 and played in the Freedom Bowl.

Jersild, who graduated from Colorado State with a degree in social science in 1992, and his wife Sandy, have four children, Jessica, Lane, and twins Beau and Drew.


Bruce Carpenter  |  Wide Receivers

Bruce Carpenter is in his first year of coaching at Chadron State College.

In addition to coaching wide receivers and handling the Eagles’ filming duties, Carpenter will also be responsible for the game day operations of CSC’s other sports.

Carpenter most recently coached the offensive line and served as the offensive coordinator at the University of Montana Western, an NAIA institution located in Dillon. The Bulldogs went 6-5 in 2014 and two of Carpenter’s offensive linemen earned all-conference honors.

Carpenter said he hopes his experience at different levels will translate to success at CSC.

“I’m very excited to be at Chadron and I am looking forward to having an opportunity to learn and contribute to the tradition of the Eagle football program,” he said. “Through different experiences at different institutions, I’ve had the opportunity to see many successful coaches and how they work. I’m excited to have an opportunity to bring some of those perspectives to the Eagle program.”

Carpenter will have a talented group of players to work with this fall. The Eagles welcome back their two top receivers in seniors Kyle Vinich and Danny O’Boyle. Vinich and O’Boyle combined to catch 98 passes for 1,465 yards and 16 TDs in 2014. In addition, three other receivers played in all 11 games.

Prior to Montana Western, he was the head football coach from 2011 to 2014 at Cotter High School in Winona, Minnesota.

He earned much of his coaching experience at his alma mater, Winona State University, where he coached for eight seasons.

Beginning in 2006, he was the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. In 2010, he was elevated to the assistant head coach and was responsible for NCAA compliance. 

While coaching at Winona, Carpenter helped lead the Warriors to several conference championships and two playoff appearances.

Carpenter also had plenty of success at Winona as a student-athlete. He started at quarterback for four years and led Winona to the playoffs twice and two bowl appearances. He graduated in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in art education. He also owns a master’s of science in education leadership from Winona State.

Carpenter and his wife, Jennifer, have a son, Maize, and a daughter, Audrey.


Jake Iodence  |  Wide Receivers

Chadron State College graduate Jacob Iodence returns to CSC after one year coaching at Stetson University in Florida.

Iodence, a Hemingford native who graduated high school from Omaha Skutt, has been involved with the Eagles’ football program since 2008. He was a reserve quarterback during his playing career but provided great leadership and offered insights into play calls.

Prior  to  CSC, Iodence played two years at Iowa Central Community College.

He graduated from Chadron State in May 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in education, focusing on social and political sciences. During the spring semester when he was student teaching, he helped cocach the running backs at Wayne State.


Brandon Ratcliff  |  Offensive Line

Brandon Ratcliff, a native of Chillicothe, Illinois, is in his second year as a coaching assistant at Chadron State College. He will coach the offensive linemen and assist with the Eagles’ strength and conditioning program.

Ratcliff had a solid career as an offensive lineman himself at Chadron State, playing in 34 career games and starting 23 of them at guard. He was a three-time selection to the RMAC All-Academic team, and was named to the All-RMAC second team and the All-Nebraska first team following his senior season in 2012.

He graduated from Chadron State with a bachelor’s degree in social science education in December 2013. That fall he student taught at Chadron High School and coached the offensive linemen. He has also coached legion baseball in Chadron for five years.

He is working toward a master’s degree in sports organization management.


Travis Reeves  |  Running Backs

Travis Reeves, a native of Chadron, is in his second season as a coaching assistant at Chadron State College. He will coach the tailbacks and manage equipment.

Reeves was a four-year starter at wide receiver for the Eagles. He played in 43 career games, starting many of them. He had his finest season in 2013 when he caught 42 passes for 388 yards and two touchdowns. For his career, he had 101 receptions for 1,166 yards and six TDs.

Reeves graduated from Chadron State in the spring of 2014 with a degree in health and physical education. He is pursuing a master’s degree in sports and organizational management.


Clint Sasse  |  Defensive Backs

Clint Sasse, a native of Martin, South Dakota, is another product of the Chadron State football program. He played four seasons in the defensive backfield and graduated in the spring of 2014 with a degree in physical education and health.

He’ll be coaching the defensive backs and special teams, while assisting in the Eagles’ strength and conditioning efforts.

Sasse appeared in 37 games during his career. 

Sasse is working on a master’s degree in sports organizational management.


Chris Streeter  |  Defensive Line

Chris Streeter, a native of Hershey, Nebraska, is entering his second season as a coaching assistant at Chadron State College. Like many of the others on the coaching staff, Streeter has a Chadron State heritage. He played two seasons for the Eagles and graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Streeter will coach the defensive line and help with equipment duties.

He appeared in 13 games at linebacker for the Eagles in 2009 and 2010 and finished his career with 30 tackles. He transferred to CSC after spending two years as a starting linebacker at Hastings College.

He is seeking a master’s degree in sports organizational management.


Sean Sweet  |  Linebackers

Sean Sweet, a native of Loveland, Colorado, is entering his second season as a coaching assistant at Chadron State College. He will coach the linebackers and special teams, while assisting in film preparation.

Sweet was a standout linebacker at Black Hills State University from 2006-09. He was a three-year starter at outside linebacker and when he graduated he was fourth on the Yellow Jackets’ career tackle chart. He helped lead Black Hills State to two conference titles and one of the top defenses in the NAIA. He graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science.

He coached at Black Hills State as a student assistant for three years working with the linebackers and defensive backs.

He’s working toward a master’s degree in sports organizational management.