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Spartan Football Coaches

Steve King

Title: Head Football Coach, Instructor
Office Phone:
218.736.1648
Email: steve.king@minnesota.edu

Steve King is in his eighth year as the head coach of the Spartans. He graduated from Eagle Bend High School in 1983 and played two years for the Fergus Falls Community College Spartans, where he was a captain and named the most valuable player of the 1984 team. Steve was an assistant coach for the Spartans for 15 years, including 14 as the defensive coordinator, before going to Itasca Community College for the 2006 season, compiling a 3-6 record. From 1994 to 1999 Steve was the head baseball coach and the defensive coordinator at the University of Minnesota Crookston. He and his wife, Marci, have four children: Joel, Marshall, Olivia and Levi.

Defensive Coordinator: Joe Barfknecht
Quarterbacks: Zach Stich
Wide Receivers: Korey Fry and Adam Baker
Running Backs: Zach Stich
Defensive Backs: Dave Monson
Linebackers: Steve King
Defensive Line: Joe Barfknecht
Offensive Line: Josh Altenhof

Joe Barfknecht: Defensive Line

Joe Barfknecht returns for his eleventh year as an assistant to Steve King. Joe graduated from high school in 2000 and played two years for the Spartans. He was a member of the 2001 state championship team and received first-team all-division and all-region honors. He also received the Spartan Spirit Award his sophomore year. Joe coached defensive line for the Spartans during the '04 and '05 seasons and was at Itasca Community College with Coach Steve King for the '06 season. Joe and his wife, Kendra, have a daughter, Mikah.

Zach Stich: Quarterbacks and Running Backs

Fergus Falls native and former Spartan Zach Stich returns for his seventh year as M State's offensive coach and his fourth year as offensive coordinator. Zach played for the Spartans in 2004 as an offensive lineman and running back. He and the offensive line coach, Randy Elenberger, recently developed the new Spartan offensive playbook. Zach graduated from Bemidji State University with a degree in history and is currently taking graduate-level courses at Southwest Minnesota State University. Zach is married to Claire, also an M State alum, and they have one son, Jared.

Josh Altenhof: Offensive Line

Josh is a former Spartan and played offensive line for the Spartans. He is native of Palm Bay, FL. He is currently a M State student and is in his first year of coaching.

Dave Monson: Community Volunteer

Dave's commitment to Spartan football began back in 1979 as a defensive back and continues to this day as a special assistant to the football program. He has coached almost every position on the field and was the defensive coordinator of the 1983 squad. After his Fergus Falls playing days, Dave played two years at Southwest State University. Dave is a native of Moorhead and graduated from Oak Grove Lutheran High School. Dave and his wife, Gina, have two children, Ana Grace and Jacob.

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