This will be Jake’s seventh season on staff with the Lights as he enters his fourth season as the Defensive Coordinator. This also begins Jakes his
seventh year as head of the Lights Strength and Conditioning program.
Jake in action Jake, a Helena native, prepped at Helena Capital High School where, under Head Coach Mark Samson, won a State Championship in 2000. Jake was a two sport standout in both track and football earning All-State and All-Conference honors throughout his career. Eldridge's athletic success earned him dual track and football scholarships to the University of Mary upon graduation. Jake transferred to MSU-Northern when Coach Samson began in 2004. Jake was a four year starter for the Lights as well as a four year captain at defensive back where he garnered many All Conference and Academic honors. A knee injury limited Jake in his senior season, but he was able to finish out his career on the offensive side of the ball as a slot receiver in 2007.
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Scott will begin his sixteenth year as receivers coach for the Lights. During his 14 years at Northern Scott has coached 11 All-Conference players as well as coaching Andy Smith to All-American status. In the past 3 seasons, coach Leeds has had 3 consecutive All-conference receivers that have broken 6 school receiving records and have lead or been in the top 5 for statistical categories in the Frontier Conference. Lights return two starting receivers from 2012 and look to have another strong receiving core in 2013.
A native of Havre Montana, Scott attended Carroll College in Helena Montana. Coach Leeds was a member of Bob Petrino’s Saints football team from 1991 – 1994, earning a Frontier Conference championship in 1993. Scott was an All-Conference selection in 1994 leading the Frontier Conference in receiving yardage. Scott earned his degree in business finance from Carroll College in 1995. Scott and his wife Kimberly have 5 children Brittany, Kayley, Justin, Taylor and Cael. Scott is employed by Triangle Telephone.
Coach O'Neill is from Harvard, Illinois. In high school,
he completed in wrestling as well as football and was both an
All-Area and All-State athlete in both sports. Cody played
college football for the University of South Dakota. Coach
O'Neill primary duty will be coaching the offensive line.
During his college career, he was a team captain and part of the
team’s Leadership Council. Cody started three consecutive
seasons at both guard and center. During his senior
season, he earned Missouri Valley all-conference honorable
mention honors as a center and was voted Lineman of the Year for
the University of South Dakota football team. Prior to his
coming to Northern and taking the offensive line job, Cody
volunteered at his alma mater and assisted in coaching the
offensive line this past spring. At the conclusion of his
senior season, Cody was invited to and participated in the NFL
Minnesota Vikings rookie minicamp.
Jorge Magana (3rd year)
Jorge begins his third year as an assistant coach with
MSU-Northern after completing a stellar career as a 2-time
All-Conference center for the Lights in 2010 and 2011.
Jorge was a three-sport athlete at Freedom High School in
As a senior, Jorge earned All-Conference honors in the BUAL
League. Jorge also played two years of junior college
football at Los Medanos Junior College, where he was a two year
starter and All-Conference performer. Jorge earned his
degree in Secondary Education/HPE from MSU-Northern in 2014
Christian Rago (1st year)
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Coach Rago, a
Woodstock, Illinois, native, joins the Lights staff after
attending Aurora University. At Aurora, he played outside
linebacker from 2010-2014. Following his senior year, he
was voted onto the football Leadership Council. Coach Rago
graduated from Aurora with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
He will be coaching the running backs for the Lights. The
son of Jill Rago, he has three brothers: Ian, Nicky, and
Jimmy. Christian was also a volunteer coach at Aurora University
this past spring, where he worked with the quarterbacks.
Arthur Smith (1st year)
Arthur is the
son of Arthur and Maria Smith, and brother of Stephanie Smith.Arthur was born and raised in Miami, Florida, where he
attended and played football for Miami Killian Senior High.
Following high school, Coach Smith attended the University of
Mount Union were he started at linebacker for two years and led
the raiders into two NCAA Division III national championship
games, while earning first team all-conference honors. He
majored in Physical Education and has a minor in Health and
Multi-Age Education. Coach Smith played Arena football in
the IFL. His coaching career started at Mount Union, were
he was the Assistant linebackers coach. He also coached at
Miami Beach Senior High School, where he worked with the
James Erickson (1st year)
one season as a wide receiver for the Lights, James enters his
first year as a student assistant working primarily with his
former position. A native of Boise, Idaho, James attended
Boise State University for 2 years before transferring to
MSU-Northern. He is currently a senior and will graduate
with a degree in Health Promotion