MINOT, ND (MSU) - Minot State University head football coach Todd Hoffner has announced his first coaching hire, selecting Byron Thomas as the Beavers defensive coordinator.
Thomas comes to Minot State after spending a year as the linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Culver-Stockton College.
time at Culver-Stockton
, an NAIA school in Canton, Mo., he
spent one season at Texas A&M University
as a graduate assistant under Kevin Sumlin, working with cornerbacks and safeties.
also spent one season as a graduate assistant at South Florida
under current Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mark Snyder.
Thomas was selected to move from South Florida to A&M with coach Snyder.
Over the past five seasons of coaching, Thomas has worked with the current defensive coordinators at Texas A&M (Snyder), Boise State (Marcel Yates) and East Carolina (Rick Smith).
Thomas, a native of Palmdale, Calif., played four seasons at USD - where Hoffner was the offensive coordinator - earning the Coyotes' Defensive Most Valuable Player honors as a senior in 2008, after recording 47 tackles, including a team-best 13 for a loss, and seven sacks.
Along with his
defensive coordinator duties, Thomas
will be an integral part of the Beavers recruiting team.