- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Minot State University has named three finalists for the school’s head football coach opening.

They are Wayne State defensive coordinator Mike Aldrich, former Minnesota State-Mankato head coach and University of South Dakota offensive coordinator Todd Hoffner, and Wisconsin-Stevens Point offensive coordinator Aaron Vlcko.

More than 100 people applied for the Minot State opening.

“We had a large pool, but more importantly, we had some real depth, some quality applicants,” Beavers athletic director Randy Hedberg said. “These three finalists all have extensive DII (NCAA Division II) experience and extensive NSIC experience. I felt this was important in our search.”

Vlcko is scheduled to interview Saturday, while Hoffner will be on campus Monday and Aldrich on Tuesday. The school hopes to have a new coach in place by the end of the month.

The new coach will replace Paul Rudolph, who resigned on Jan. 2 after seven seasons to become the offensive coordinator at the University of North Dakota.

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