Tyler Hughes agrees to become next Minot State coach

Minot State’s search for its next head football coach lasted all of four days.

On Saturday afternoon, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Minot Daily News that Southern Virginia coach Tyler Hughes has accepted the Beavers’ top job in principle.

The source requested anonymity because the contract and paperwork have not been finalized.

After former coach Todd Hoffner announced Tuesday his decision to be reinstated at Minnesota State-Mankato, MSU Athletic Director Rick Hedberg said he expected to make a hire in 10-14 days.

“We’re going to move it real fast,” Hedberg said.

Hedberg largely used the same applicant pool that Hoffner was selected from. Hoffner was hired Jan. 30 to replace Paul Rudolph, who resigned to become the offensive coordinator at the University of North Dakota.

The 33-year-old Hughes, who spent last season as a quality control assistant at Ohio State, was a semifinalist in the original applicant pool, the source said.

In addition to Hoffner -who left MSU after an arbitrator ruled that MSU-Mankato had wrongly fired him in May 2013 – Wayne State defensive coordinator Mike Aldrich and Wisconsin-Stevens Point offensive coordinator Aaron Vlcko were named finalists in January.

Aldrich, formerly the head coach at Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference foe Augustana, told The Minot Daily News he was contacted by MSU on Wednesday.

“However, through the course of the process, it became evident that the administration wanted to go a different direction,” Aldrich said in a text message.

Vlcko spent eight years in the NSIC as the quarterbacks coach and later the offensive coordinator at Bemidji State from 1996-2003.

Hughes has no apparent ties to the conference or MSU, but boasts two years of head coaching experience.

Last month, he was hired as head coach at Southern Virginia, a Division III school in Buena Vista, Va.

From 2011-12, Hughes held the head job at Snow College, a junior college in Ephraim, Utah. He led the Badgers to a 20-4 record in two seasons, finishing the 2012 campaign at 11-1.

During seven seasons as Snow’s offensive coordinator, the program compiled 70 wins and 13 losses, reaching the NJCAA national championship game twice.

With Hughes as offensive coordinator, Snow’s offense ranked in the top 10 in points and yards on four occasions. In 2006, the Badgers boasted the nation’s top offensive attack.

The website coachingsearch.247sports.com reported that Hughes, a 2005 graduate of Utah State, will bring Southern Virginia offensive coordinator Mike Meifu with to MSU.

The Minot Daily News’ source couldn’t confirm that claim, however. The Beavers hired Brian Boerboom as offensive coordinator on April 10. Defensive coordinator Byron Thomas, who was named interim head coach following Hoffner’s departure, is also expected to remain on staff.

No introductory press conference has been scheduled yet.

Ryan Holmgren covers Minot State athletics and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @ryanholmgren.