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Coaching Staff

Steve Grimit
Assistant Coach

The veteran of the Husky football coaching staff, Steve Grimit is in his 26th season with the SCSU staff as the defensive line coach. Grimit has helped establish SCSU as one of the nation's top Division II programs.

Grimit has established a tradition of success for the defensive linemen at St. Cloud State. The Husky system supports aggressive defensive line play that has helped players realize their potential at the collegiate level.

He has coached numerous All-Conference defensive linemen, six All-Americans in Charlie Cosgrove, Ryan Kees, Cale Pulczinski, Troy Kluck, Jason Sell, and Brent Graunke, along with two conference MVPs in Cosgrove (2005) and Pulczinski (2008).

Prior to landing at St. Cloud State where he also coached the Husky wrestling team, Grimit coached at Western Illinois University and Valparaiso University. He wrestled and played football in college, qualified for the NCAA Division I Wrestling National Championships and was a co-captain of his Western Illinois football team in 1985.

Grimit graduated from Western Illinois University in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in physical education. Steve and his wife Kim have two children, Nicole and James.


Doug Patterson
Co-Offensive Coordinator / Offensive Line Coach

Doug Patterson joined the Husky staff as Co-Offensive Coordinator in 2007 and also coaches the offensive line.

Patterson had been the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Minot State University since the 2000 season. He also served as the recruiting and summer camp coordinator. During his stint at Minot State, he coached three first team All-Americans and 13 all-conference offensive linemen. His offense set numerous school records including marks for total offense, single season individual passing, single season individual receiving, and single season individual rushing. In addition, the Beavers set DAC 10 conference records for total offense, passing yards and passing touchdowns.

Patterson is familiar with Husky football as he served as a graduate assistant tight ends coach for SCSU during the 1999 season, Randy Hedberg's first year as head coach of the Huskies. Prior to coaching with the Huskies, Patterson was the offensive line coach at Bishop Ryan High School in Minot for seven seasons.

A native of Souris, ND, Patterson has a bachelor's degree in social science from Minot State. He was a four-year letterwinner and two-year starter on the offensive line at Minot State from 1988 to 1991, and played for Coach Hedberg for two seasons.

Doug, his wife Kristi, and their three children, Kade, Camden, and Keegan reside in Sauk Rapids.


Chris Mussman
Co-Offensive Coordinator & Quarterbacks Coach

Chris Mussman joined the Huskies coaching staff in March of 2014 and brings over 20 years of coaching experience at both the NCAA Division II and Football Championship Series (FCS) levels. He spent the previous 14 years at the University of North Dakota as an assistant coach for eight seasons followed by six years as head coach of the program.

As the head coach from 2008 to 2013, he led UND in its transition from an NCAA Division II program into the FCS. The 2011 UND team won The Great West Conference Championship, the first Division I championship in the program’s history. That same team also ranked in the top 25 nationally at the end of the season, another first in the program’s Division I history.

Prior to becoming the head coach at UND, Mussman was the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator from 2001 to 2007. From 1999 to 2001 he coached the offensive line and tight ends at UND.

Mussman coached at Minnesota State University, Mankato from 1991 to 1998. From 1996 to 1998 he was the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator with the Mavericks. He was the offensive line and tight ends coach and assisted in strength and conditioning from 1991 to 1996.

Mussman was an instructor at both UND and Minnesota State University. He was involved in several fundraising activities at both institutions as well.

Mussman holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Iowa State and a master's degree in sports management from MSU. He was a four-year letterwinner and starting offensive lineman at Iowa State, serving as a team captain in 1990.


Mark Sipple
Defensive Coordinator

Mark Sipple joined the Huskies coaching staff in March of  2014. Sipple serves as the Huskies' defensive coordinator.

He had been the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire since February of 2003. His responsibilities with the Blugolds included strength and conditioning coordinator, recruitment in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, Wisconsin and Northern Illinois, and the promotion and administration of summer camps, coaching clinics, community service projects and fundraising activities. He was named the 2007 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Assistant Coach of the Year.

He also has coaching experience as the defensive coordinator at Wisconsin Lutheran College from 1998 to 2003 where he also supervised and managed the strength and conditioning program, was involved in the acquisition of land and funding for a stadium and practice facilities, and developed community service projects.

Sipple was a graduate assistant coach at the University of North Dakota from 1996 to 1998. From 1993 to 1996 he was an assistant football coach at Menomonie (Wis.) High School.

Sipple holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary math education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a master’s from the University of North Dakota in general studies/educational administration.