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Chris Stein  |  Offensive Coordinator

In seven years as the offensive coordinator at Chadron State College, Chris Stein has helped to produce an exciting and effective offense, averaging over 425 yards per game through 77 games. This past season was no exception, as the Eagles rolled down the field for 467.5 yards per game, the fourth-highest output in school history, and rushed for the seventh-best per-carry average all-time.

This is the 18th season Chris Stein has been on the Chadron State coaching staff. During his tenure, the Eagles have tallied a record of 122-65 and won three RMAC championships.

Stein's position of expertise, which he has coached for his entire 18 years at Chadron State, is quarterback. He has mentored some of the finest signal-callers ever to play under center for the Eagles, including local Chadron brothers Joe and Jonn McLain, both of whom hold multiple school passing records.

Eagles’ quarterbacks have completed at least 200 passes 12 straight years as a team. That had never before occurred in the history of the program prior to 2007.

In addition, Stein’s expansive playbook has produced several individual achievements, resulting in 21 All-RMAC selections, four All-Americans and a Harlon Hill national finalist.

In 2017, one of Stein's proteges, redshirt freshman Dalton Holst, set new passing records for a first-year signal-caller. After 2018, he is on pace to become the school’s all-time leading passer on a per-game basis

Other notable marks during Coach Stein's time as offensive coordinator:

  • His 2015 platoon allowed only 12 sacks all season, ranking in the top 20 nationally, and had one of the top red zone offenses in the RMAC. In 2016 and 2017, the Eagles duplicated the feat of allowing only 12 sacks.
  • In 2013, his offense ranked 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 2012, the Eagles ranked in the top 50 nationally in total offense (411.5 yards) and scoring offense (33.8 points).
  • 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 seven successful seasons as the defensive coordinator at Chadron State College. Over that span, his defenses have allowed under 26 points per game.

In 2017 and 2018 alone, the Eagles have combined for nine defensive touchdowns, tying for third in the nation in 2017. They were particularly good in the red zone in 2018, holding opponents under a 54 percent touchdown rate on trips inside the 20-yard line. That figure was best in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and top 25 nationally.

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

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 18 all conference selections.

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 just finished his ninth season as a full-time assistant coach at Chadron State, but it was actually his 15th 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 DBs regularly hold down one of the top passing defenses in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, and his special teams units have led the league in multiple statistical categories annually, including kick return average, punting average, blocked punts, kick and punt return defense, and blocked kicks and punts allowed, in each of the past seven years.

Under Jersild, better known as ‘Coach Jersey,’ the Eagles' total passing defense has been in the top three of the RMAC for six of the past nine seasons, leading the conference three times including in 2016.

He coached a DB unit in 2012 which 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.

Since Jersild has been the special teams’ coordinator at CSC, he has mentored Zach Smith, who holds the CSC career punting yardage record, and Zack Kozlik, who is second all-time in yards per attempt. Cody Paul finished in 2016 with the record for most kick return yards, and Randy Wentz (2013-16) is CSC's field goal percentage leader.

Beyond CSC, 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 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, where his career culminated in the 1990 Freedom Bowl and a 9-4 season record.

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.

Logan Masters  |  Receivers

Logan Masters recently completed his second season at Chadron State College coaching receivers, handling the Eagles' filming duties, and managing game day operations of CSC's 14 other sports. Overall it was his eighth season as an assistant football coach in NCAA Division II.

His top receivers the past two seasons, Cole Thurness and Jackson Dickerson, have both ranked among the top 10 in the conference. In 2017 Dickerson had 78 receptions, which is second-best all-time at CSC. Also that season, Masters' receivers caught the second-most passes in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, and they ranked 35th nationally. That was an improvement from third and 47th, respectively, the previous season.

Previously, Masters served as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator at his alma mater, Wayne State College. While at Wayne, the former Wildcat standout receiver was promoted to offensive coordinator following the 2014 season and also spent time coaching quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends.

Masters, a graduate of Storm Lake High School in Iowa, finished his Wildcat career with new school records of 258 catches and 3,863 yards. He set a then NCAA Division II record by catching at least two passes in 46 consecutive games (every game he played in a Wildcat uniform in his four years at WSC). As a senior, he was a First Team All-NSIC South Division selection and was one of 24 candidates for Harlon Hill Trophy, given to the top player in NCAA Division II college football.