Montana State Universiy-Northern logo      
Corporate Sponsors

L I G H T S     F O O T B A L L
Roster &
Schedule &
Signing Class
Records: TeamRecords: Indv All-Americans All-Conference

Lights Football Coaches

Aaron Christensen
Aaron Christensen
(1st Year)
Head Coach
Office: (406) 265-3746

Aaron Christensen enters his first season as the Head Football Coach of Montana State University- Northern. He brings with him a decade of coaching experience at the NAIA level.

From 2012 to 2014, Coach Christensen served as the Offensive Coordinator and Recruiting Coordinator for Missouri Valley College (MVC).During that time, MVC won 3 consecutive Heart of America Athletics Conference Championships, had 3 NAIA FCS appearances, and one NAIA Football Championship Series (FCS) semi-final appearance. Prior to becoming offensive coordinator, Christensen served as running backs' coach, wide receivers' coach, video coordinator and passing game coordinator for MVC. Christensen was on staff at MVC for five Heart of America Athletic Conference championships, seven NAIA Football Championship Series appearances, and three NAIA FCS semifinal games. 

Before arriving at MVC, Christensen attended Huron University where he earned All Conference honors as a TE. Following his playing career, Christensen spent two seasons as a student coach coaching the tight ends at Huron. Prior to Huron, Christensen played at San Jose City College near his hometown of Hayward, Calif.

Aaron Christensen currently resides in Havre with his wife Jolene and his three daughters Olivia, Avery, and Adalynn.


Jake Eldrige
Jake Eldridge (7th Year)
Defensive Coordinator
Strength & Conditioning Coordinator

Office: (406) 265-3764

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.
Cody O'Neill
Cody O'Neill
Assistant Coach (1st year)

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
Jorge Magana (3rd year)
Assistant Coach


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 Oakley, California. 

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

Arthur Smith
Arthur Smith (1st year)
Assistant Coach


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 linebackers.



Return to top of page