Sports Briefs

MSU hires Thomas as defensive coordinator

On Wednesday, Minot State head football coach Todd Hoffner announced his first coaching hire, selecting Byron Thomas as the Beavers’ defensive coordinator.

Thomas spent the past year as the linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Culver-Stockton College, an NAIA school in Canton, Mo.

“I am very happy for the Beaver Nation as we have acquired a tremendous person, recruiter and coach,” Hoffner said in a press release.

Before his time at Culver-Stockton, he spent one season at Texas A&M working with cornerbacks and safeties as a graduate assistant under Kevin Sumlin. He also spent one season as a graduate assistant at South Florida under current Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mark Snyder.

“We are going to work so hard to put a product on the field that everybody can take such pride in,” Thomas said. “This defense will pride itself on being fast and aggressive. We will have an attack-first, ask-questions-later mentality in everything we do.”

Thomas, a native of Palmdale, Calif., started his coaching career at St. Cloud State, helping develop two all-conference running backs for the Huskies. He played four seasons at University of South Dakota where Hoffner was the offensive coordinator garnering the Coyotes’ defensive most valuable player honors as a senior in 2008.

“Coach Thomas will be a very valuable asset to the future of Beavers football,” Hoffner said. “In addition to Byron’s great character, he has a proven track record of motivating young men to excel on the football field.”

-Daily News Staff

Tauros’ Dornbrock commits to RedHawks

Minot Minotauros defenseman Scott Dornbrock has committed to play Division I hockey next season for the Miami University (Ohio), the team announced Wednesday.

Dornbrock, who was acquired via trade from the Topeka Roadrunners in Nov. 2012, has posting four goals and 26 assists in 80 games with the Tauros.

“Miami has always been at the top of the list of schools I wanted to play at,” Dornbrock said. “I’m ecstatic to play at my dream school.”

Dornbrock becomes the second Tauros player to make an D-I commitment this season, joining goaltender Brandon Wildung (Mercyhurst College). Teammates Merrick Madsen (Harvard) and Michael Louria (Massachusetts-Lowell) will also play D-I hockey next year, but committed before joining the Tauros.

-Daily News Staff