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Longtime Montana football coach Russell McCarvel joining Dickinson State staff

Posted at 4:36 PM, May 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 15:44:17-04

DICKINSON, N.D. — Russell McCarvel is getting back into college football coaching.

The Montana native and longtime coach with more than 30 years of experience is joining the staff at Dickinson State as an offensive assistant and assistant athletic director. DSU athletic director and head football coach Pete Stanton announced McCarvel’s addition on Tuesday.

“Coach McCarvel has extensive experience as a coach,” Stanton said in a media release. “He has been very successful as both a head coach and offensive coordinator. He has a tremendous rapport with the coaches of the state of Montana that will be a huge benefit to our program.”

McCarvel, a Glendive native, held coaching positions at Malta, Glasgow and Laurel before becoming the head coach at Glendive in 1996, where he served as the head coach until 2000.

McCarvel left Montana for Carson City, Nevada, until returning to join the Carroll College staff in 2005. The Saints won the national championship with McCarvel as an assistant coach.

He then dropped back to the high school ranks, taking over the program at Kalispell’s Flathead High School. He coached the Braves from 2006-13 and led the team to the Class AA playoffs three times. McCarvel resigned at Flathead in 2014 and has been the offensive coordinator at Helena Capital the past three years. The Bruins have advanced to the semifinal round of the Class AA playoffs each of the past three seasons.

“I would like to thank coach Pete Stanton for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the great tradition and excellence at Dickinson State University,” McCarvel said. “I am excited for the unique opportunity to work with the DSU football program as an assistant football coach as well as working with the other student-athletes and coaches in my role as associate AD. My family and I are also excited to be part of the Dickinson community.”

Stanton also announced the addition of Michael McGuire, who will serve as the offensive coordinator. Dickinson State is coming off a 9-2 season in which it won the North Star Athletic Association championship. The Blue Hawks lost to Frontier Conference foe Southern Oregon in the first round of the NAIA playoffs.