Aaron Mingo

Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator / Offensive Line Coach

Coaching Background

Mingo serves as the Offensive Coordinator at Dordt, a position he has held since the 2016 season. In four seasons as the Offensive Coordinator, the offense has produced program bests in virtually every offensive statistic.  There has been two First-Team All-American Recipients (Bryce Lidkta – 2016; Jacob Cook – 2017) and a Second-Team All-American (William Vander Woude) as well as (9) First-Team All-GPAC honorees.

In 2016, the offense produced the NAIA’s leading rusher in Bryce Lidtka (1,714 yards; 24 TD’s) as well as the NAIA’s second leading receiver in Jason Miller (1,311 yards). The Defender offense finished #1 in the GPAC and #5 in the NAIA in total rushing yards per game (275.4). They also finished #3 in the GPAC in total offense per game (445.5), and #4 in scoring offense per game (32.4).

The 2017 Defender offense averaged 290.5 yards per game on the ground (third in the NAIA), 489 total yards per game (tenth in the NAIA) and 35.5 points per game (twenty-fourth in the NAIA). The Defenders’ offensive scheme allowed Levi Jungling and Keithen Drury to rank fourth in the NAIA in receiving yards per game and rushing yards per game respectively. Jacob Cook claimed NAIA First-Team All-American honors for his offensive line play in 2017.

The 2018 Defender offense finished the season as the NAIA’s twelfth highest scoring offense (38.6 PPG). It once again led the GPAC in rushing offense per game (252.6) and finished as the conference’s second highest scoring offense (38.6) and third highest in total offense yards per game (425.5). QB Brock Lamle finished the season with the twelfth highest pass efficiency rating in the NAIA (149.6) and WR Levi Jungling highlighted average 92.5 receiving yards per game (fifteenth in the NAIA).  

The 2019 offense was first in the GPAC and second in the NAIA in rushing yards per game (326.5); was second in the GPAC and seventh in the NAIA in total offense (465.8) and was second in the GPAC and eleventh in the NAIA in scoring per game (36.9). William Vander Woude was named a NAIA Second-Team All-American and Levi Schoonhoven was a GPAC First Team selection while ranking second in the GPAC in yards rushed per game (93.5) and he gained 1,029 yards during the season.

Prior to coaching at Dordt he coached from 2009-12 at Greenville College serving as assistant head coach, offensive line coach, and recruiting coordinator.  Mingo was at Bluefield College from 2013-15 and was offensive coordinator, assistant head coach, offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. The 2014 Bluefield College offense still holds school records in soring, total offense, and rushing offense.

Coaching Philosophy

The game of football provides a great opportunity to disciple young men into becoming effective kingdom citizens. My aim is to coach football in a transformational way, creating an environment that fosters growth spiritually, relationally, academically, and athletically. I believe this approach is God-honoring and helps our players reach their fullest potential. 

Athletic Background

Stayton High School (Oregon) Football All-Conference Honors

Greenville College (Illinois) Football All-Conference Honors, Academic All-Conference

Academic Background

B.S. in criminal justice – Greenville College in 2008

M.A. in teacher leadership – Greenville College in 2011

Family

Wife: Ashley

Children: Gideon