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Defensive Coaching Staff

Cory Miller
Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers

Cory Miller enters his fourth season as defensive coordinator at Dakota State University.  He also serves as the assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator and Trojans' linebackers coach.

Miller's defensive units have been among the best in the North Star Athletic Association conference.  The Trojan defense has finished in top two scoring defense, rushing defense, tackles-for-loss and quarterback sacks during his tenure.  In 2017, DSU led the North Star in sacks and finished 25th nationally in scoring defense.

During his tenure, the Trojan defense has had 18 North Star All-Conference selections, two NAIA All-Americans, two NAIA national players of the week and one NSAA defensive player of the year.

Prior to joining the Dakota State football's coaching staff, MIller had coaching stops at Briar Cliff (Iowa) University, Illinois College, MacMurray (Ill.) College, Rockford (Ill.) University and Southwest Minnesota State University.

Miller, a native of Marshalltown, Iowa, graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2005 with a bachelor of arts in Psychology and Sports Psychology.  He proceeded to earn his master in Business Administration from Rockford University in 2010.

He currently resides in Madison.

Alex Glover
Classic Corner Defensive Line / Director of Football Operations / Recruiting Coordinator

Alex Glover is entering his sixth year with the Trojan Football coaching staff as Defensive Line Coach, and Director of Football Operations.  Glover is also the throws coach for the DSU's track & field program.

During Glover's first five years at Dakota State, he has coached one (1) NAIA All-American (Curt Boeke in 2017), one NAIA Defensive Player-of-the-Week (Cole Potter in 2016) and twelve (12) All-Conference selections on the defensive line.

Boeke tallied 97 tackles for the Trojans in 2017, which led all NAIA defensive lineman in overall tackles.  He also led all defensive players in the North Star conference in total tackles, tackles-for-loss (19) and quarterback sacks (8.5).

Potter led all NAIA defensive linemen in tackles (90), tackles-for-loss (32.5) and quarterback sacks (14.5) for the Trojans in 2014.  Potter also broke the school record for sacks in a single season (14.5) and sacks in a single game (4) and finished his career as a 3-time North Star All-Conference defensive lineman.  He was second all-time in career sacks with 26.5 at DSU.

Glover coached the first-ever NAIA Outdoor Men's Track & Field discus thrower in school history (Tyler Lems) at the 2018 national meet.  He coached five (5) North Star All-Conference throwers.

Prior coming to Dakota State, Glover was the offensive coordinator and assistant throwing coach at his high school alma mater in Elkton, S.D. for the last three years.  He was an All-Conference, All-state and All-Register defensive end for Elkton High School.  He was a three-time state track qualifier in discus.

Glover continued his education at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D. where he earned his bachelor's degree in Sports Management.  He was a starter at tight end position as a freshman, helping DWU to their best record since 1992.  He was an integral member of the DWU football team that recorded its first winning campaign in the Great Plains Athletic Conference in 2008 with a 7-3 record and a No. 23 ranking in the final NAIA Football Coaches' poll.  DWU was honored as the South Dakota Sportswriter's Association 2008 Men's College Team-of-the-Year.

Glover also competed with DWU's track & field program as he was involved with throws for two seasons.

Alex and his wife Kaitlyn (from Pierce, Neb. and former thrower at DWU) reside in Madison and have three children - Leila, Naomi and Jayda.

Ryan Conrad
Assistant Coach / Defensive Backs

Ryan Conrad enters his first season with Dakota State Trojan Football coaching staff.  He will be coaching the defensive backs for the Trojans.  He is also the assistant coach for DSU’s track & field teams in jumps.

Conrad was the cornerbacks coach/graduate assistant at Black Hills State University (S.D.) for two seasons (2016 and 2017) while completing his master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Educational Technology.  During his time at BHSU, the defense finished second in the nation for interceptions in 2016 and accumulated 38 interceptions in two seasons.

He was the coach at St. Olaf College in Minnesota for two seasons from 2014 through 2015, where he was the running backs coach.  The Iowa native also created recruiting graphics, planned recruiting trips and directed the student manager staff for the Ole football program.

Conrad started coaching at Melcher-Dallas High School (Iowa), where he was the head coach from 2010-12.  He led Melcher-Dallas to the state playoffs in each of his three seasons at helm.  Conrad’s efforts landed him 2011 Class A/8-Man Region 4 IFCA Coach of the Year.

His successful tenure at Melcher-Dallas landed him on the Waterloo East High School coaching staff prior to the 2013 season.  He was the defensive coordinator/top assistant in his lone season at Waterloo East.

Conrad earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in social science education (grades 5-12) from the University of Northern Iowa in December 2009.

He currently resides in Madison.